Are you an adrenaline junkie? Would you like to spend your upcoming vacation somewhere absolutely dangerous? Do you want your vacation souvenirs include scars, stitched wounds and a fresh pint of your blood? Well, if you are any of these, then the following list of 7 world’s most dangerous vacations may sound appealing to you. But before heading make sure your will is written (by the way, a one way ticket rather than round trip might be a great idea as well). In no particular order:
1) Ice climbing
If you are into extreme sports you may want to consider one of the coldest and most dangerous experiences – ice climbing, where falling seracs, soft ice, the threat of avalanches, high elevation and gravity have all plotted against you. All ice is dangerous. But, while sections ranged W12 (60 degree consistent ice) can be easily climbed with good technique, sections ranged W16 and up are vertical or overhanging for the entire pitch and they are usually beyond reach, except for certain rare days of triple high biorhythm and extremely favorable planetary alignments. Some of the most popular spots for ice climbing are Valdez (Alaska), June Lake & Lee Vining (California), Cody and Tetons (Wyoming), Box Canyon (Colorado), Glymsgil & Múlafjall (Iceland).
2) Running with the Bulls
If you want to be in danger of being knocked down, stepped on, gored, suffered a few fractured ribs and a couple of concussions, the centuries-old Pamplona, Spain’s celebration of Saint Fermin, which includes the tradition of running with the bulls, is definitely one of the “must-visit” events for you.
3) Rodeo Riding
For guys who want to feel like cowboys of the American West and who are not afraid of being gored, stomped or even plopped upon by the animal, rodeo is the whiplash-inducing thrill they seek. There is no greater adrenaline rush than riding a 6,000 to 8,000 pound bull of pure muscle that tries to break every bone in your body and re-arrange your face. Today there are six standard rodeo events for the toughest men to try: bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling (bull dogging), and calf roping. Rodeo is particularly popular today within the Canadian province of Alberta and throughout the western United States. Wyoming is considered by many to be the capital of the rodeo world.
4) Biking the El Camino de la Muerte
Travel high into the Andes to a road that has more deaths per mile than any other byway in the world. Not only that the road is extremely steep and bumpy, but it is also narrow, muddy, and has steep drops of over 1000 meters instead of margins. The road is unprotected, making near death an almost constant travel companion for cyclists. An ideal recipe for disaster! And disasters often occur – and that is why the road got its name – the El Camino de la Muerte, or the Death Road, between La Paz and Coroico in Bolivia.
5) Wild Safari
Thrillseekers should definitely experience wildlife in Africa. We don’t mean those plush safari companies that cater to old ladies and children; we mean sketchy safaris led by local guides who will take you out into the wild and make you pray for safety and sweat with fear. There are plenty of dangerous animals like lion, hippopotamus, hyena, crocodile, cheetah, African wild dog and leopard. Some of the best safaris are in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.
6) Whitewater rafting with crocodiles
Rafting and kayaking amongst the hippos and crocodiles of the upper Zambezi above Victoria Falls in Africa is a sheer adrenaline rush. People can and do get injured when rafting on fast rapids, but Whitewater rafting is also a challenging way of testing your strength, endurance, reflex time and ability to think on your feet.
7) Racing the Baja 1000
Sure Racing the Baja 1000 is dangerous and expensive, but who cares? Racing the Baja can be the greatest adventure of a lifetime, or a nightmare that you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to forget. Baja 1000 is an off-road desert race which includes various types of vehicle classes. It takes place on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in the fall.