If you love long, difficult trips with little water and lots of spitting camels, be sure to book a tour of the Sahara desert. Not only will you get your own camel for the duration, but you will also get a chance to see the stars under a sky unaltered by city light at night, as well as vast stretches of sand dunes. This desert covers roughly 3.5 million square miles, so be sure to stay to close to your guide to avoid getting lost and thirsty.
While the legal and most common way of touring Kruger Park is in a safari outfitted vehicle on one of the many roads through the park, a more adventurous time can be had by walking. Strictly illegal and not recommended, certain locations will offer guided walks, sometimes unarmed, through the savannahs of the park. You’re likely to spot impala, baboons and zebra if you’re lucky, and lions and hyenas if you’re not.
Interested in historical devastation and have a need to live on the edge? Take a tour of the infamous Chernobyl site, left extremely radioactive and destroyed after the nuclear power plant explosion of 1986. There are rumors of wild mutated boars and strange plant growth, not to mention the hundreds of abandoned buildings.
Hike an active volcano in this trip for the real heat seeker. Strong winds, extreme sun exposure and the bare basics in hospitality will greet you as you move towards the Erta Ale volcano on the backs of camels. Hopefully you don’t mind sand in your instant coffee.
If you love a good cold adventure bathed in the glow of historical drama, then take a trip through the North West Passage, the Arctic Ocean “canal” through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Sir John Franklin famously lost his ship and crew in this treacherous pass in the mid-19th century, but maybe you’ll fare better.
While most can claim that they have visited and even hiked parts of the Great Wall, few can brag about traveling the entire length, broken down areas included. Beyond the regular tourist areas, massive eroded sections of the Great Wall exist in the heart of rural China. Tough climbs and shifting stone make this hike more exhilarating than most.
Want some serious adventure and have a taste for danger? We definitely don’t recommend this, but feel free to rent a boat and cruise through the Autonomous region of the Southern Philippines, island hopping along the way. You’ll be sure to have some great fishing and see some beautiful sites, but you’ll also most likely get captured by pirates or extremist groups. Hopefully your family will have enough money for the ransom.
Climbing Mount Everest is old news. These days, real thrill seekers zipline the Himalayas. Nepal is now home to what has been described as the world’s most extreme zipline, which let travelers zoom across almost 1.8 kilometers of zipline at speeds of up to 140 kilometers an hour. Don’t forget about the over 600-meter drop to really get your heart pumping.
Those who are either brave enough or just the right amount of crazy can dive with these beautiful beasts with nothing more than a stainless steel cage between you. Don’t worry, the tour operators will be sure to pour a bunch of bloody fish guts into the water just before you enter, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. This is one case where it’s OK to pee in the pool.