We all love traveling. We all love visiting new things and experiencing new activities. Whether it’s pursuing a museum, going on a boat trip or taking a ride in a helicopter, these things all make our vacations even more exciting. But what if that wasn’t enough? Some thrill-seekers take their vacations even further, and boat trips just aren’t for them. They want to throw themselves off of buildings and swim with exotic creatures. If you’re that kind of person, you’ll love these destinations for the brave.
CN Tower, Toronto
If you like to live your life on the edge, the CN Tower can let that happen, quite literally. The CN Tower, located in Toronto, stands at 356 meters (or 1,168 feet) above the ground and is one of the tallest free-standing structures in the Western Hemisphere. Their newest attraction is the EdgeWalk – which, really is as self-explanatory as it sounds. While attached to a harness, the EdgeWalk allows its users to lean backward or forwards on a 1.5m wide ledge at the top of the tower. You can choose to either lean down towards the city of Toronto or up towards the sky. We vote towards the sky, because then at least you don’t have to look down.
Bungee Jumping is a firm favorite among adrenaline seekers. But we know what you’re thinking – regular bungee jumping is too tame, right? In Pucon, Chile, they are offering an even better (ridiculously scary) alternative. Now, adrenaline junkies can plunge, head first, into an active volcano. That’s right, a volcano that can STILL ERUPT AT ANY MOMENT. The Villarica Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in South America; bungee jumping requires intense precision. The jump involves an initial helicopter ride over the volcano, before allowing you to jump out and bounce 213 meters (700 ft) away from a lake of boiling lava. We’ll pass, but you go ahead.
Poison Garden, England
If you love having a stroll with beautiful gardens, this next one isn’t for you. The Alnwick Gardens lie within Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, and its entrance is emblazoned with a skull and crossbones sign saying ‘These Plants Can Kill.’ The Poison Garden holds every kind of poisonous plant in the world, from Ricin to Coca – the plant used to make cocaine. Many of the plants are grown inside cages, and some of the plants have even required government permission to be cultivated there. Visitors are free to roam about at their will but are told not to touch, smell or loiter around the plants for too long. Some guests have even fainted from inhaling the plant fumes while wandering through the gardens. No pressure. Having to be brave to visit this destination would be an understatement.
Arusha National Park, Tanzania
Lions are notorious for being brave. This destination requires you to be braver than a lion and also faster at peddling a bike. The Arusha National Park is a safari hotspot, with its multitude of safari animals. But a new craze is taking over the safari world – cycling safaris. This unique tour covers 120km of the National Park, from the lion-filled Savannah to the foothills of Mount Meru. Over five days, cyclists can pedal through the wildlife and get up close and personal with monkeys, zebra, wildebeest, lions and much more. Let’s hope you can out-pedal a lion.
The Void, France
Anything called ‘The Void’ automatically puts those who aren’t supercharged thrill-seekers off whatever this may entail. Long story short, The Void is a pod made entirely of glass that is built into the side of a mountain, right next to Mont Blanc. The glass room was constructed 1000 meters of the ground (3281 ft) and inspired by the Glass Walk in the Grand Canyon. Just try not to think of those numbers as you’re suspended above the Alps. Even though the pod has been built out of reinforced glass, that can withstand chilling temperatures and high winds, users are still asked to wear slippers. That doesn’t give us much confidence.