Is your idea of a dream holiday more of a full on adrenaline rather than a switched off thrill? Then, one of these thrill-seeking getaways could be just the thing for you. As relaxing (and at times, very much-needed) as a week spent poolside flicking through magazines and sipping cocktails can be, sometimes the call for adventure is just too great to ignore.
Whether you’re simply intrigued by the idea of an activity holiday or you’re a seasoned adventurer, these five holidays are sure to make you feel alive…
Mountain biking in Bolivia
Definitely not for the fainthearted, Bolivia’s Death Road is one of the world’s most infamous mountain bike trails for adrenaline junkies. Featuring 64 km of downhill track, it’s more a question of brake and steering control than hard graft on the pedals, but the gravel does make it a bumpy ride so a good pair of padded cycling shorts is very much recommended!
As you race down from La Paz to the jungle of Coroico below, you’ll pass by some stunning scenery and deathly cliff-edges, the kind that make you feel completely insignificant and in awe of the natural world. Once you’ve made it to the bottom, there’s just time for a spot of zip-lining before it’s time for the terrifying part – the drive back up.
Sandboarding in Peru
If you love snowboarding and skateboarding, or are just game for a good time, you need to add sandboarding to your bucket list. Absolutely no experience is necessary to give it a go.
After an invigoratingly bumpy ride over the dunes in a buggy, you’ll receive a quick how-to from your guide and then you’re free to hurtle head-first down a massive sand dune lying stomach-down on your sandboard, with just your toes acting as a brake. Life doesn’t get much more thrilling than that!
Skiing in New Zealand
Missed the European ski season this year? Don’t fear! It’s always a ski-season somewhere in the world, and where better to get your fix than in the adrenaline capital of the world – New Zealand. With 24 ski fields to choose from, skiers are spoiled for choice in this beautiful corner of the globe. For newbies, we recommend playing it safe at Cardrona on the South Island. With slopes for all abilities and a pumping apres ski atmosphere to boot, it’s a win on every count.
To really test your limits, you’ll want to head to Craigieburn (also on the South Island) for some of the most technical runs out there. And no ski trip to the Southern hemisphere would be complete without a rundown Mt Ruapeh – an active volcano on the North Island. Just be sure to grab yourself full winter sports cover before you go – as nothing will bring you back to reality quicker than a mountain rescue bill. And if you’re after a little extra adventure once you’re finished on the slopes, you’re never too far from a bungee jump in New Zealand…
Canyoning in Montenegro
Swim, slide, clamber, jump and abseil your way downstream – anything goes really, the aim is just to get to the bottom of the canyon in one piece! Be prepared to get wet and muddy as you tackle the stunning Nevidio Canyon in Montenegro.
This little corner of Eastern Europe is fast finding its place on the tourist map and for good reason – as well as incredible canyoning opportunities (as well as rock climbing and skiing), the beautiful beaches and picturesque towns are another draw for anyone looking to combine some adventure with a little R&R.
Surfing in France
More of a water baby? Then surf school’s the thing for you.
An ideal choice for anyone after a solo adventure trip, surf camps are popping up all over the place, with some incredible ones along the coast in the south of France. Combining surf lessons (for those that want them) with free board and wetsuit use, glamping tents, buffet dinners, cocktail bars, games nights, beach parties and even yoga classes – a surf camp holiday is a great way to get your adrenaline fix while meeting other like-minded thrill-seekers. Who knows what activity your new pals may inspire you to try next year?