03 January, 2019
Last updated on 14 March, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
What’s the point of going on holiday if you’re not going to live a little? Spending time away from home means trying new things, and that means getting your heart pumping with adrenaline activities. Not only will it make you feel like you’re alive, you’ll also have a better appreciation for your everyday life, as boring as it may seem sometimes. Here’s a list of 13 activities you may want to try on your next holiday; don’t worry, there’s something on this list for everyone.
1. 100mph Zip Line, Snowdonia (Wales)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dangle 152m above a quarry on the world’s fastest zip line? No? Well, here’s your chance. Zip World, located in Snowdonia, offers you the chance to soar across the sky on a zip line that can reach up to 100 mph before all’s said and done. Fancy having a go?
2. Base Jumping, Kjerag Mountain (Norway)
Base jumping is for the truly courageous, and Kjerag Mountain’s option in this space is no exception. You begin your jump at 3,500 feet above the fjord and sail through the peaks of the mountain to get to safety. You heard me right: through the fjords.
Base jumping at Kjerag Mountain (Norway) | photo: Hakon Thingstad (CC BY SA 2.0)
3. Ring Taxi Rides, Nürburg (Germany)
Flying above the ground, using a zip line or base jumping with a suit, not your thing? How about getting in a car with a professional driver? This is one of the best adrenaline activities for petrol heads and will make you feel like you’re in the middle of an F1 race.
4. Horse Boarding, Various Locations (United Kingdom)
We’re not sure who came up with this one, but it must have been adrenaline junkies. Horse boarding is like water skiing, only you’re on land and not on the water. Oh, and a horse pulls you on your board, not a boat because that would be silly.
5. Toboggan, Kent (England)
You thought tobogganing was just for kids? Think again! The Chatham Ski Slope has the longest Cresta run in the UK. Lucky you, you won’t even need snow on the ground for this one, so head there during the summer holidays for your turn on the 700m course.
6. Running with the Bulls, Pamplona (Spain)
You’ve heard of running with the bulls in Pamplona, but did you know you could participate? Go ahead, sign up, then run through the streets of the city with dozens of aggressive bulls nicking at your heels. We do warn you, though, injuries are common, so make sure this is one of those adrenaline activities you want to attempt.
One of the best adrenaline activities in Europe: Running of the Bulls in Spain
7. El Camino Del Rey Walkway, Malaga (Spain)
A small gorge in El Chorro, known as the El Camino Del Rey Walkway, is a heart-stopping walking tour. the walkway is just one meter in length and curves around the steep walls. One false move and you could drop 100m to the river below. But don’t worry, that doesn’t happen often.
8. Zapcat Powerboating, Sussex (England)
James Bond fans are going to love this activity. Powerboating is a high-speed chase, complete with wave jumps and steep turns, all in an inflatable catamaran. Survive your first run then bet your mates they won’t try it. It’s a fun little competition to keep you all on your toes.
9. Rally Driving, Knockhill (Scotland)
Petrol heads, this is your calling. If you ever wanted to learn how to be a proper rally driver, give this a try. In two-and-a-half hours, you will have a driving lesson with a professional. Then you’ll take the wheel, your instructor acting as your co-pilot. Go on, live out your petrol dreams.
10. Bungee Jumping, Verzasca Dam (Switzerland)
If you love James Bond, here’s another set of incredible adrenaline activities, all offered at one of the filming locations for the film GOLDENEYE. Join a trekking route or stick to bungee jump. Or why not try both? After all, you need as many pictures of you as James Bond as possible.
11. Hang Gliding, Sierra Nevada National Park (Spain)
Hang gliding is one of the best adrenaline activities available, but we warn you: try it once and you might become obsessed. Choose from a variety of locations in the park to have gorgeous views of the snowy mountain peaks or the coastline. Do it with a friend for added excitement, crying, or both. Hey, we don’t judge.
12. Hydro-Speeding, Chamonix (France)
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to bodyboard down a river with your instructor, uneven waters and speedy currents included, Chamonix is a place you should check out. While this activity is best suited for beginners, experts also have a spot too: head over to Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland, known as one of the most dangerous places in the world to go hydro-speeding.
If you want to have your choice of activities, you might want to try Interlaken, Switzerland. Situated in the Alps, you can try everything from hang gliding and canyon jumping – did you know that was even a thing? – to night sledding and skydiving. Plan on taking a couple of your mates to make this a holiday to remember.
No matter where your next road trip is going to, you’ll find something on this list that you’ll be glad you tried. Just make sure that, among other safety precautions, you get comprehensive travel insurance. We can promise you that these are activities that will get your adrenaline pumping, but we don’t guarantee anything else. Have fun and when you come back, tell us how your adventure went.