My husband Dave and I love finding great adventures around the world when we travel. As a matter a fact, our motto is: “Adventure is for everyone.” When we go on vacation, we feel that it’s important step out of your comfort zone and push yourself just a little beyond your limits. It’s your time to try something new. Travel changed our lives and it was trying new things like sea kayaking and rock climbing in Thailand more than a decade ago that sparked our love for adventure and eventually lead us to living a life of full-time travel.
We took that inspiration home with us and took up adventures in our own backyard. We started mountain biking and snowboarding. We joined a rock climbing gym and we went camping and exploring our home province of Ontario, Canada every chance we got.
Since that time, we’ve traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents and we have never lost our zest for trying something new. With each step, we have upped the ante of our comfort zone. We’ve now done things like cycling the continent of Africa, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and driving a tiny car from England to Mongolia. We’ve done some epic adventures around the world, so we thought we’d round up our seven best adventures on seven different continents. Remember, if we can do it, anyone can!
Gorge Swing in Zambia
It was the first time Dave went bungee jumping, so it’s the jumps of all jumps for him. The gorge swing is a bungee jump with a twist. Once you step off the ledge into the Zambezi gorge and plunge hundreds of feet to the ground, you are instantly snapped across the floor at over 100 mph. One minute you are being tossed up and down and the next you are swinging back and forth.
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa
We’ve had the privilege of snorkeling with nurse sharks and Galapagos sharks and scuba diving with reef sharks but it was getting into the water with Great White Sharks in South Africa that really got our hearts pounding. This dive let us view these majestic creatures in an intimate way giving us the opportunity to appreciate the shark in a new light. It’s a perfect way to wipe away the myth of the big scary shark and instead let people see its intelligence and beauty.
Flying a Stunt Plane in New Zealand
Australia is a spectacular continent and we’ve done some great things like diving with great white sharks and going on safari to the Outback, but we thought we’d go a bit off the continent for adventure in New Zealand. New Zealand, in our opinion, is the adventure capital of the world and there are so many things you can do on this tiny island nation. For me, flying a stunt plane was my outrageous adventure. I took control of the joystick and plunges, twirled, and spiraled through the air.
Sky Diving in New Zealand
Dave chose skydiving over Abel Tasman straddling the north and south islands. Like his bungee jump in Zambia, this was his first time skydiving and it was his most memorable experience at 16,000 feet. With nearly a minute of free fall, he came as close as one can get to flying.
Dave is a sucker for the water, and if there’s ever a time when you should jump into freezing water, it would be in Antarctica. When taking an Antarctic Expedition, we had the chance to jump off the back of our ship into the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Kayaking through Icebergs
I enjoyed kayaking in Antarctica a little more than jumping into the freezing water. There was nothing more spectacular than circumnavigating an iceberg—from a safe distance of course—or floating by leopard seals basking in the sun on an ice flow. Paddling through brash ice was a thrill as the ice parted for your kayak and instantly closed back up as you went by.
Coasteering in Wales
If you want a coastal thrill in Europe, Wales is the place to do it. Coasteering was invented in Wales and it involves jumping off cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean, playing in churning water with nicknames like the washing machine, exploring sea caves and scaling rocks for spectacular views. If you like adventure in the water, this one is for you!
Via Ferrata in Spain & France
If you want to stay dry, but still love scaling rocks, via ferrata is an excellent way to get high up on a cliff with very little climbing skills. A via ferrata is the ultimate adventure hike. Hikers dangle on high cliffs on what is known as the iron road traversing along steel ladders and wire bridges while clipped into cables.
The Galapagos Islands are one of the final frontiers of adventure travel in this world. Just visiting this remote location off the coast of Ecuador is an adventure unto itself; but throw in swimming with sea lions, snorkeling with sharks, and climbing volcanoes and you’ve got yourself a solid two-week adventure. We couldn’t pick one activity that stood out in the Galapagos, the entire destination was an adventure.
Paragliding in Peru
Paragliding is a fun adventure where you jump off the side of a mountain or cliff with a parachute strapped to your back. It’s different from base jumping because the parachute is already deployed, so it’s much safer. Lima is famous for its 200-foot cliffs over the sea that are the perfect jumping off point for paragliders. What’s great about paragliding in Peru is that you can soar over the city of Miraflores one minute and then spiral over the Pacific Ocean the next.
Whitewater Kayaking in Canada
North America is probably the place where we’ve done the most adventures since it’s our home turf. But the adventure that sticks out for me is learning to whitewater kayak in my home province of Ontario. Once we learned to whitewater kayak through rapids, we felt like true adventurers. It was one of our greatest achievements in our travels to finish a week of intensive training, master the roll and then finish off riding class II and III rapids on the Madawaska River.
Ice Climbing in Alberta
I think what we love most about North America travel is how there are great adventures for both winter and summer. Dave has always wanted to ice climb a waterfall and while visiting Canmore, Alberta we got the chance. It was scary at first to chip away at ice dangling off a high waterfall, but once we got into the groove, it was exhilarating. Having an accomplished guide made the experience safe and a lot of fun!
Rock Climbing in Thailand
Since we are both trying to chose one adventure each for every continent, I wanted to mention rock climbing in Thailand. Krabi is a rock climbing mecca of the world and it was the very first place we ever tried it in our lives. We always say that Thailand changed our lives and giving this adventure a try there was the catalyst that truly changed everything. We’ve been back to Krabi three times since our first trip in 2000 and each and every time, we do some rock climbing trying our hand at a few of the hundreds of bolted routes in the area.
Mount Everest Base Camp
Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp is our choice for the ultimate adventure. It was humbling to think of the legendary explorers that walked this same path. Spending nearly two weeks at altitude was a challenge but it was worth every minute as the incomprehensible views of the mighty Himalaya unfolded before our eyes. Seeing the highest mountain in the world was awe-inspiring and it’s a moment we will never forget.