10 Ex­treme Ad­ven­ture Travel Ex­pe­ri­ences

“Ob­vi­ously, some of these ad­ven­tures are not for the faint-hearted,” adds Emma Coulthurst from Travel Su­per­mar­ket. “But some­times it’s good to get a lit­tle bit out of your com­fort zone; and one thing is for sure you’ll def­i­nitely have a holiday to re­membe

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Ad­ven­ture Travel Ex­treme Ex­pe­ri­ences

To some, a va­ca­tion is not a va­ca­tion un­less it in­volves some­thing truly death-de­fy­ing or at the very least, adren­a­line pro­duc­ing — and we are not talk­ing about ran­dom roller coast­ers at your fa­vorite theme park. Think more along the lines of bungee jump­ing into an ac­tive vol­cano, or free-fall­ing 230 feet with no safety har­nesses, or maybe even sleep­ing hun­dreds of feet in the air while perched on the side of a moun­tain. Ba­si­cally, a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve sign­ing waivers for in-case-of-death sce­nar­ios. Sound in­trigu­ing? We think so too. That is why Lux­eGet­aways and Travel Su­per­mar­ket painstak­ingly un­cov­ered the top ten adren­a­line-junky dream ex­pe­ri­ences for your next get­away.

1. The World’s Fastest Zip Line

North Wales, UK $75 USD

Aptly named “Ve­loc­ity”, Zip World’s fa­mous zip line is not only the long­est in Europe, but also the fastest in the world! Zip­pers can test their nerve on the “Lit­tle Zip­per” be­fore tack­ling the “Big Top of Ve­loc­ity” and the “Big Zip­per,” which of­ten reach speeds of more than 100 mph! The en­tire course takes a lit­tle over two hours to com­plete, all while en­joy­ing some truly stun­ning views. lux­eget­aways.info/ve­loc­ity

2. The World’s High­est SCAD Free Fall

Soweto, South Africa $25 USD

For­get bungee jump­ing! The SCAD Free Fall at Or­lando Tow­ers al­lows adren­a­line seek­ers to sim­ply lean back and fall… over 230 feet with only a gi­ant safety-net wait­ing be­low. As the high­est free fall ex­pe­ri­ence (and the only one of its kind), this 330-foot hol­low tower fea­tures a har­ness sys­tem with a quick re­lease, ready to send free fall­ers bar­rel­ing to­ward the sus­pended catch air de­vice (SCAD) at speeds of more than 60 mph, all on the count of 5,4, 3, 2, 1… lux­eget­aways.info/scad

3. Storm Chas­ing in Tor­nado Al­ley

Den­ver, Colorado $2,300 USD

Wel­come to Storm Chas­ing Ad­ven­tures Tours, the clos­est He­len Hunt and Bill Pax­ton wannabe’s can get to their own real life Twister. Of­fer­ing six-day tours across the Great Plains, also known as Tor­nado Al­ley, these tours fea­ture com­fort­able chase ve­hi­cles equipped with high-res­o­lu­tion radar soft­ware and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment per­fect for track­ing down su­per cells. Reg­u­larly used by news crews and film­mak­ers, Storm Chas­ing Ad­ven­tures Tours prom­ises to put guests up close and per­sonal to the tor­nado ac­tion! storm­chas­ing.com

4. Swing Over Vic­to­ria Falls

Vic­to­ria Falls, Zam­bia $90 USD

Swings are not just for chil­dren these days. The Gorge Swing at Vic­to­ria Falls mea­sures in at just over 300 feet long, and sits nearly 400 feet above the wa­ter. Dar­ing jumpers en­dure a 230 foot free fall be­fore be­ing caught and swung across the width of the gorge — a stun­ning 1000 feet across. Not ready to take the leap solo? The Gorge Swings also of­fers a tan­dem op­tion to swing along­side your fear­less friends. lux­eget­aways.info/gorgeswing

5. Roller Coaster Through the Alps

Mieders, Aus­tria $10 USD

Mieders Alpine Roller­coaster of­fers views un­like any other while still cater­ing to those look­ing for a thrill ride. Sur­rounded by a wooded moun­tain for­est, this one-and-a-half mile track takes riders through 40 hair­pin turns and a 2,000-foot drop, reach­ing speeds up­wards of 25 mph. For the faint of heart just want­ing to en­joy the view, each in­di­vid­ual coaster car can be speed con­trolled for a com­fort­able

(or ex­hil­a­rat­ing) ride down the moun­tain­side. lux­eget­aways.info/mieders

6. Speed Rid­ing in the French Alps French Alps $100 USD

As the new­est sport to reach the French Alps, speed rid­ing com­bines the ath­leti­cism of ski­ing with the areal bonuses of paraglid­ing. Rec­om­mended for con­fi­dent skiers, speed rid­ing al­lows skiers to reach speeds up to 90 miles an hour in an off-piste lo­ca­tion des­ig­nated for speed rid­ing. With the eas­ily steer­able mini-sail, speed riders can “fly” down the moun­tain­side at their own pace and skill level, mak­ing out­ra­geous jumps be­fore float­ing back down to the slopes. lux­eget­aways.info/cha­monix

7. The World’s High­est Bungee Jump Ma­cau, China $437 USD

At the AJ Hack­ett Ma­cau Tower, bungee jump­ing is not just an amuse­ment park thrill ride…it is a Guin­ness World Record break­ing bungee jump­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! Mea­sur­ing in at 764 feet, the tower sends jumpers into a true free fall for four to five sec­onds be­fore catch­ing them 100 feet from the ground and bounc­ing them back into mid-air. And for those brave enough to at­tempt a sec­ond leap, the Ma­cau Tower in­cludes spe­cial rates to take the plunge again. lux­eget­aways.info/bungee-ma­cau

8. Bungee Jump into a Vol­cano Pucón, Chile $16,000 USD

Hurl­ing some­one into a pit of fire as they dan­gle from a he­li­copter by a bungee cord? All in a days work for the guys of Bungee.com. As per­haps the world’s most ex­pen­sive bungee jump, the full ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes a bungee dip into Vil­lar­rica Vol­cano (still ac­tive) from the skid of a he­li­copter, one day white­wa­ter raft­ing, one day en­joy­ing the hot springs, and ac­com­mo­da­tions at a five-star re­sort. lux­eget­aways.info/bungee-chile

9. Crash and Splash Snow­do­nia, Wales $20 USD/ hour

Chal­lenge friends and fam­ily to a wa­tery ob­sta­cle course bat­tle at the Surf Snow­do­nia Ad­ven­ture Parc. Com­plete with gi­ant spin­ning balls, mon­key bars, climb­ing wall, bal­ance beam and rope-bridge, com­peti­tors can star in their own ver­sion of “Wipe­out”. To fin­ish off the com­pe­ti­tion, the group will en­joy launch­ing their friends from an in­flat­able hu­man cat­a­pult known as “the blob.” And for those want­ing to fin­ish off the course on a win­ning streak, the whole group can at­tempt to break the “blob­ber” launch record, set at 72 feet! lux­eget­aways.info/snow­do­nia

10. Cliff Camp­ing Estes Park, Colorado $1200 USD

While there are sev­eral op­tions for some af­ter­noon cliff stays, the real thrill of cliff camp­ing is an overnight stay sus­pended hun­dreds of feet off the ground. A skilled guide teaches climbers the ba­sics of climb­ing be­fore lead­ing them up the side of the moun­tain to set up their “por­taledge” for the evening. Climbers can en­joy a mag­nif­i­cent din­ner view be­fore crawl­ing into their sleep­ing bags for a dan­ger­ous nights sleep. lux­eget­aways.info/estes

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