Bucket List Breaks For Adrenaline Junkies


Does the thought of spending two weeks holiday stuck by a pool topping up your tan bore you? Do you believe that unless you’re living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space? Are you yearning for a holiday where you spend at least one day doing something that feels dynamic, exciting, and even a teensy bit dangerous? If you’re nodding your head enthusiastically, you’ll absolutely love these bucket list breaks for adrenaline junkies.

Skydiving in Scotland

Scotland consistently tops lists of the world’s most beautiful countries. Travel publications like Rough Guides, for example, praise Scotlands lush green hills and scenery. What better way to experience it than by getting a bird’s eye view and throwing yourself from a plane, pulling a parachute string and hoping for the best?

You can book tandem and solo jumps with Skydive Strathallan Scotland near Auchterarder in Perthshire. The fact that it’s Scotland’s oldest club should provide peace of mind.

Aikido Crash Course in Japan

Fancy learning how to become a lethal weapon in 11 months flat?

If you’re on a gap year or taking a career break, the Senshusei Aikido training course might be for you. This intensive course dates back to 1957 where it was used to train members of the Tokyo Riot Police. It opened to applicants out of the force in 1991 and attracts martial arts fans from around the world. Read the book ‘Angry White Pyjamas’ by Robert Twigger for more on the experience!

Extreme Skiing in France

Are you an experienced skier looking to test yourself on some of the world’s best black and off-piste runs?

France is a pretty good pick. Alpe d’Huez has the mind-blowing mogul field The Tunnel, the off-piste runs from the Bellecote Glacier at La Plagne are spectacular and Courchevel’s Emile Allais couloir is a thrilling challenge. Book an extreme ski holiday with Erna Low and customise everything from your accommodation to ski hire and passes.

Diving with Sharks in South Africa

What could be more life-affirming than staring into rows of razor-sharp teeth in a cavernous Great White shark’s mouth?

If horror classic Jaws was never thrilling enough for you, get up close and personal with one of these brilliant beasts on a shark diving trip in South Africa with Oceans Africa. Cape Town, Gansbaai and Mossel Bay are the main centres for cage diving. No diving license is required as the cages don’t go lower than 2m below the surface.

Try any one of these unusual holidays and you’ll return home with a fresh new perspective on life. When you’ve pushed yourself to the edge and emerged unscathed, you’ll tackle everyday challenges with newfound confidence.

Plus, you’ll never run out of amazing stories to tell friends, family and random punters in the pub!

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