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5 INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES FOR THE ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Craving Adventure? Then this blog post is for you.

Craving Adventure? Then this blog post is for you.

Planning a vacation but don’t really want to  do the regular stuff? Think out of the box! Think adventure, thrill and excitement, everything gauranteed to get the adrenaline pumping. Today, we short-list five adventure activities, for the adrenaline junkie in you, that will leave you addicted forever and thirsting for more.

So, tighten your seat belts, say your prayers and take a leap.

SKY DIVING IN ROTOURA, NEW ZEALAND:

Taking the plung, literally, in Rotarua. Photo Credit: TTNZ

Taking the plung, literally, in Rotarua. Photo Credit: TTNZ

If you haven’t tried out Sky Diving you’ve missed out on some crazy excitement. Rotoura in New Zealand is the perfect place for it. Not for the faint -hearted,it takes immense courage to jump out of a flying plane at a height of some 15, 000 feet.
After a 15 minute flight, at high altitude, you’re thrown out of the aircraft and after a thrilling free-fall you experience a parachute ride to finally float safely down to the drop zone. Harnessed to an experienced and qualified jump master you plummet towards the ground at 200 kmp and this is when you experience terminal velocity, an unforgettable experience like never before.

Floating in the skies you go over some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. If being thrown out of a flying plane is not enough to get your adrenaline pumping, the free-fall and the parachute ride will do the rest. As you drop down,grinning from ear to ear, you realise you’ve come out of it braver and with a sense of having achieved something that most people would not dream of doing.

SCALING MOUNT KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA:

Oh yes, it can tough but it is so worth it. Photo Credit: Nat Geo

Oh yes, it can tough but it is so worth it. Photo Credit: Nat Geo

Mount Kilimanjaro, standing in isolation, at a height of 19, 341 feet above sea level, is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Africa’s highest peak, it is a major destination for mountaineers and trekkers.

Trekking up the worlds tallest walkable mountain is ,perhaps, not as daunting as  the fact that you cross 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit. Though most experienced mountaineers claim its not as tough as climbing the  Everest, nevertheless the climb has to be done with care and a few essential things have to be paid heed to if you wish to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The secret lies in going slow and allow time to acclimatise yourself . Altitude sickness is a cause for concern and a reasonably fit person will find it easy to climb provided he doesn’t rush forward over enthusiastically,has periods of acclimatisation and drinks plenty water .
Needless to say the view from the summit is breathtaking.  So put on your hiking boots and take the challenge if you wish to add that little extra spice to your life.

WAKING THE THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA:

Combine beautiful scenery, culture, history and adrenaline in one great experience by walking the Great Wall. Photo Credit: Cycle China

Combine beautiful scenery, culture, history and adrenaline in one great experience by walking the Great Wall. Photo Credit: Cycle China

If you’re planning a trip to China, a visit to The Great Wall of China has to be on your to do list. The most visited attraction in the country, once you see it , its not difficult to guess why. Centuries after it was constructed, The Great Wall of China stands testimony to one of the greatest engineering marvels of the world. Attracting throngs of adventure lovers  from all over, it’s a trip down the lanes of history.

The wall can be visited from different places along its length. It is easy to access in some places but it is the difficult areas that gets your heart racing. Though some sections are well maintained, the ones in ruins are the tough ones. But don’t let that drive you up the wall, just go on walking along those rambling paths, like others before you have done, and take the challenge and all that it has to offer. For those who wish for some more fun there are zip lines and gondola rides.

THE GORGE SWING, ZAMBIA:

Not quite Bungee, Not quite Sky Dive, figure this one out for yourself. Photo Credit: The Zambesi Swing

Not quite Bungee, Not quite Sky Dive, figure this one out for yourself. Photo Credit: The Zambesi Swing

A notch or two above bungee jumping, the Gorge Swing is one of the most adrenaline inducing activities that leaves you breathless yet exhilarated. All this over the mighty Zambezi river. Its here that 135 meters of cable, with a sliding pulley hanging from it,spans a 75 meter gorge.

Your full harness is attached to a rope and the rope to a cable ,which runs across the width of the gorge, and  you’re literally ready to take the plunge. Jump off the edge of a cliff and free fall to a heart in the mouth 70 meter drop towards the rocks and the  roaring Zambezi river crashing forcefully below.  As the rope tightens you swing and after several swings, at the bottom of the gorge,you start to arch before you finally swing away from the rocks and the river. Recommend for all jump enthusiasts, if that doesn’t have you gasping for breath nothing will.

CLIMBING AT PHANG NGA, THAILAND: 

An adrenalin pumping activitity for the entire family. Photo Credit: Adventure Honey

An adrenalin pumping activitity for the entire family. Photo Credit: Adventure Honey

Phang Nga bay lying in the strait between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand, is one of the most stunningly beautiful bays in the world. One of the premier tourist destination of Thailand, Phang Nga has innumerable activities to offer to those who seek thrill and excitement and wish to make this holiday an unforgettable experience.

To the aventure lover Phang Nga bay offers several options. Amongst these rock climbing is, perhaps, one of the most popular ones. Offering both bolted and traditional climbing Phang Nga bay has options for beginners and experts alike. You can also rent a sea kajak and  paddle to explore inside some of the most beautiful caves on the Phang Nga bay.

So this vacation don’t settle for the regular, do something out of the ordinary, something daring and different, which gets the adrenaline pumping and changes your concept of a vacation forever.