For the adrenaline junkie, travelling can offer a variety of unique and exciting adventures. Whether you’re looking for physical kicks, testing your emotional strength, or simply want to explore some place new, you can easily find what you seek just by venturing to a different locale. And, as Xtreme Gap Year points out, the world is a huge place that offers a number of hidden gems where a backpacker and adventure enthusiast can experience a multitude of thrilling things.
So how can an adventurous explorer find an intense, memorable experience? From an extreme trek through a foreign continent to a trip filled with themed adrenaline sports like skydiving, there are a variety of ways you can get your adventure fix. Here are five unique trips for the adrenaline junkie.
Exotic Solo Trek
While travelling in general offers a range of exciting and new experiences, making a journey on your own is an even better way to explore an exotic region. Solo travelling provides the unique opportunity for you to explore unhindered and test your emotional and mental endurance. The UK and the parts of Europe are popular with many solo travellers and those taking a gap year, however, these areas may be too tame for the adventurous traveller. Luckily, there are a myriad of different places you can trek through.
Regions like Southeast Asia or Central and South America are great for off-the-map travel. For those who may be intimidated by the thought of crossing borders or travelling through exotic countries like Thailand or Bolivia, plenty of tour companies such as STA offer guided treks through these exotic destinations.
Gambling Trip to Las Vegas
The idea of gambling may not seem like much of an adventure, however, a betting excursion can provide just the boost of adrenaline you need. There’s no better place to go on a gambling binge than Las Vegas, Nevada. Nestled in Southern Nevada, this desert city is perfect for gambling enthusiasts and those seeking thrills. From slot machines to racing, Las Vegas provides the platform for a range of ways to win big.
Whether you try your hand at blackjack or bet on the ponies, you’re bound to find an intense game to suit your gambling needs. While your odds of winning are often determined by luck, you should still strategize and come prepared before you make any wagers. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at roulette—just make sure you brush up on some strategies from Roulette Guide. And because many casinos offer ways to gamble on sporting events from around the globe, you can bet on major horse races such as England’s Grand National Horse Race, which you can view at just about any casino or establishment where you make wagers. Like roulette and other casino games, horse betting is all about strategy, with sports news and odds sites providing key information on the featured horses, past events, and even updates on the jockeys, as Betfair’s Grand National news section points out. Betting is a great way to win some extra gambling money—or just get the funds needed to spend on a night out on the town Vegas style.
The thought of journeying to a cold northern region like Iceland doesn’t appeal to many travellers. Yet, for those looking for adventure, it provides the ideal setting. With its dark, vast land of coarse terrain and unpredictable weather, the Nordic island country makes for a unique and exciting getaway if you’re spontaneous and daring. Whether you go during the coldest of winters or during the “warmer” Nordic season, the nation is full of adrenaline pumping activities.
From glacier hiking and ice climbing to caving and volcano exploration, Iceland is a dream for those who love venturing out into the unknown and communing with nature. There are quite a few tour companies based in Reykjavik that serve as guides to the barren, outskirts of the town where you can find waterfalls, volcanoes, national parks, hot springs, a clear view of the aurora borealis, and an abundance of geysers. If this doesn’t satisfy your wanderlust, try a more intense camping trip to areas like Seyðisfjörður or journey to the nearby Faroe Islands.
Wilderness Survival Adventure
If you’ve ever wanted to live in the wild or think you’d be a good survivalist, then wilderness survival camping is the adventure for you. Unlike regular camping, wilderness survival camping allows for the very minimum of comfort and need. Naturally, a trip like this is for seasoned adventurers and campers; however, if planned and researched thoroughly, those with basic survival skills can enjoy a wilderness survival excursion, which the BBC highlighted in a September 2013 article about the Gobi Desert trek that one Castlerock man embarked on. While you can’t plan for everything that could possibly happen out in the wilderness, be sure to do as much preparation before you set out to parts unknown.
Fly High in New Zealand
Thanks to the Kiwis, adrenaline junkies who love nothing more than jumping, diving, and hanging on to things for dear life can get their share of heart-racing fun. Rugged mountains, lush landscapes, and reflective lakes can all be found throughout this gorgeous island found in this southwestern Pacific country. This, according to Daily Mail, makes for a wonderful location for adventure seekers. From BASE jumping to serious white-water rafting, pretty much anything in the sky and in the sea in New Zealand.
Note: This post was written by Sam Wallace.