Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Looking for adventure? My top 4 favourite locations to get that adrenaline pumping.

1. Death Road, Bolivia.

Well, the name says it all, doesn't it?! Featured on Top Gear, this 61km out-of-the-way dirt track is bound to get your heart pumping. After building another safer road nearby, Death Road itself, fortunately, has few cars on. Most of the vehicles en route only pass you if they are busy tailing the hoards of BMXs braving this route. Last year, from what I understood, there were two deaths. The road is so bumpy, you have to constantly stay focused. Some parts are wider than others, but on the whole, it's still terrifying! I found the ride quite difficult towards the end when parts were uphill, but I managed to stick at it and am thankful I did. Great day, great experience and highly recommended. It cost £45, and the company we chose (Adventure on Wheels) were great. Check the day here:

2. Sky diving, Brazil.
For £110, I skydived near Iguazu falls with the company 'skydivefoz'. With your legs dangling over the edge, and your life in the hands of a stranger, taking the plunge at 12,000 ft is a frightening prospect. However, freefalling over the border of three countries (Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil) with the friendship bridge in the corner of one eye, and Iguazu falls in the distance, easily makes for the best thing I have ever done in my life. Hands down would do again without a moment of hesitation.  I wish I had photos from the event, but for an extra £80, it will remain a fond memory etched into my mind instead! Read more about it here:

3. Rock Climbing, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

£22 with SpiderMonkey, I feebly attempted to scale those cliffs behind me. Honestly, I was hopeless at the activity, my arms were physically shaking after my first attempt. I have no upper-body strength! The views, however, were brilliant and if you have upper arm muscles then you're sure to love it. My guide was brilliant, it was just us since nobody else had booked on. Since I tired out quickly, instead of cutting the day short, he took me with him to meet his friends who attempted to teach me to tight-rope walk. That night I went back to the bar and his friends put on a whole fire-show. Having featured on Thailand's got talent, it was very impressive! Overall a very unique experience and a lot of fun. See more pictures from the day here:

4. Scooters, Vietnam.
I don't think I've ever been as scared as trying to navigate traffic in Vietnam on a moped. At first, I was petrified to try one of these things, but I came to love it very quickly. Pretty much everyone who has ridden one that I had met also had a gnarly story about the injury they had gained. Some were far more expensive than others, especially if you get injured on a Thai island. All of the hospitals are very used to it though! The thing is, nobody in Vietnam knows how to drive or respects any sort of road rules. In a way, it's good because if you get stuck and don't know whose right of way it is, it doesn't matter! Because they don't know either. But it's also terrifying not knowing the moves other people are going to make. I find myself wanting to rent a scooter wherever I go now, it's such an easy way to get around and so exhilarating zooming along with 'Life is a Highway' blasting in your ears. So rock n'roll.

So, there we have it! Why don't you go out and find your own adventure? Have fun and let loose, there's nothing quite like it!

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