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Adrenaline activities around the world

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1. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 6y

Most people seem to take part in some sort of adrenaline-fuelled activity whilst they're travelling; in fact, it seems like some people feel almost pressured to do so! I've met loads of people who went white-water rafting in Jinja, Uganda, because it was "a thing to do".

I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie and would love to hear about people's experiences, especially from one of the less-known places (such as the bungy in Nepal- anyone done that?). How did you end up standing on a bunjy ledge? What convinced you to try skydiving or blackwater tubing? What did you feel like, and would you do it again? Or is there a particular activity you'd like to try somewhere in the world, or one you definately wouldn't?

I'll start: Three years ago, I took surfing lessons in Jeffries Bay, South Africa. I used to pass the time in the evenings playing pool with 2 Brits, Matt and Sam, who used to beat me in every single game. One evening, a very bubbly young lady arrived (she might even be reading this!) and tried to recruit people to join in her car rental the following day. She was planning on driving to Bloukran's Bridge to do a bunjy jump. I thought she was mad, but she kept convincing me. Eventually, she suggested that we played doubles against the boys: if the boys win, I can come along for free (I wanted to see the bridge) but if we lost, I'd have to share the rental AND jump off. After a few beers, this seemed completely reasonable- I also knew that Matt and Sam were great players, and so we were very likely to lose.
As it happened, this girl cleared the table in pretty much one go. I ended up doing my first bunjy because I lost in a drunken bet, and don't regret it for a moment.

What out-of-character activities have you tried whilst travelling? Or what would it take for you to try something like that?

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Nov-2009, at 11:09 by Ofelia ]

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

The world's highest bunjee jump off the railway bridge across Victoria Falls, down to the Zambezi River.... Backwards. I was there.

3. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Usually I'm a city break kind of girl. ;)

When I was in Vancouver, my friends and I headed for Whistler. We went ziplining and glacier hiking - not exactly up the rank with bungy jump or skydiving, but something different alright. Ziplining was not scary really, but it was tons of fun and interesting to try the upside down flips etc. Glacier hiking, for me personally, was a bit nerve-wrecking. Going up was cool and enjoyable but coming down, urgggh. Time for some minor admissions: I'm afraid of speed I can't control and I have this fear of falling. (So yeah, I've never tried skiing either.) Still, regardless, I went for it. At that time I did wonder if I've lost my mind.

On my list next year though is skydiving - must choose a location good for that. And at some stage, I will go skiing too. I want to try it at least once, regardless of the fears that I've got. Who knows, maybe I can work at conquering them. ;)

4. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 6y

Quoting lil_lil

On my list next year though is skydiving - must choose a location good for that. And at some stage, I will go skiing too. I want to try it at least once, regardless of the fears that I've got. Who knows, maybe I can work at conquering them. ;)

That's a great attitude! You're right- it's all about conquering yourself, and it might not need to be a huge, scary thing at all- just something new and memorable. Good on you- let me know how the skydive/skiing feels!

Quoting BedouinLeo

The world's highest bunjee jump off the railway bridge across Victoria Falls

I do think it used to be the highest for a good number of years, and it's still really popular. I can imagine why- it's one of the most scenic bungy platforms I've come across.