The infographic below from the UK-based TravelSupermarket.com came across my desk recently and I thought I would pass it along as a public service. It’s essentially a compendium of Extreme Adventures around the world that I can cross off my bucket list even before trying them.
Oh, I might try riding the Alpine rollercoaster in Austria or give the world’s fastest zip line in Wales a shot at pumping my adrenaline to warp speed.
But bungee jumping into a volcano in Chile, cliff camping in Colorado (yes, that means sleeping on the edge of the cliff), or riding a bike along Bolivia’s notorious Death Road?
Thanks, but I’ll leave those to another lifetime, which I would probably be starting soon if I succumbed to the temptation to try any of them, which I won’t.
It’s not that I’m averse to adventure.
I’ve ridden a bike down Maui’s 10,000-foot-high Haleakala volcano (some people have been killed doing that), learned to Scuba dive (sort of) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after watching a ten-minute video telling me how easy it would be (it wasn’t), and rappelled down a mountaintop in British Columbia onto a slick-surfaced glacier, which sloped precipitously down into a thousand foot drop-off.
Call me crazy, but I draw the line at volcano boarding in Nicaragua, running a 254-kilometer marathon in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, or swinging 120 meters above a gorge at Victoria Falls, Zambia.
I would never be one to say never, though, to any other baby boomer who wants to race a bike 3,000 miles across the U.S. in 12 days or free-fall at 100 kilometers per hour enjoying a bit of South African SCAD diving, which consists of falling backwards 50 meters without a bungee rope or a parachute.
As Emma Coulthurst from TravelSupermarket.com notes, “Obviously, some of these adventures are not for the faint-hearted. But sometimes it’s good to get a little bit out of your comfort zone. And one thing’s for sure — you’ll definitely have a holiday to remember!’
That is, if you survive it.
To get more detail about any or all of these Extreme Adventures, just click on the Infographic and you’ll be transported to a site where you can actually read the print without a magnifying glass.
And don’t forget to send me a postcard!
Image source: TravelSupermarket;