You have probably heard how naturally beautiful Iceland is, but it’s also a great place for people seeking a bit more adventure. Hike a glacier and then go paragliding over the glacier, rent a snowmobile and spend a night chasing the Northern Lights, and go on a husky safari (in the summer, you can do this at midnight when the sun is still shining!)
And if that isn’t enough for you, take a dip in the freezing water at the Black Sand Beach (that was a joke. You'll die if you do).
Don’t forget to take some down time and go to the Blue Lagoon - definitely swarming with tourists, but still completely worth it.
Pro-tip: sell some plasma before you go because Iceland is actually just as expensive as everyone says. Like, $10 beer average kind of expensive.
As opposed to Iceland, Bolivia is dirt cheap. My hostel was approximately $7 per night. Mountain bike down the most dangerous road in the world, appropriately named, “Death Road.”
Go skiing at the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya. Want to go to the Amazon? The cheapest route is through Rurrenabaque. Plus, you can swim with pink dolphins (and piranhas, that’s the adventure).
Make sure you go to Salar De Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world (and in rainy season, the world’s largest mirror). It is truly worth the schlep.
Pro-tip: Never trust a fart in Bolivia. The elevation is HECTIC.
4. SOUTH AFRICA
SA holds a very special place in my heart and I adore the whole country. However, most of the adrenaline-pumping activities are based in Cape Town. Go diving with Great White sharks, take a stunning paraglide over Camps Bay and hike up Table Mountain and abseil down. Make sure you take a day trip and go bungee jumping at Bloukrons Bridge!
Pro-tip: Although the VA Waterfront is a bit of a tourist trap, there is a reflexologist who has a corner booth in the Wellness Center and he will absolutely murderfuck your feet in the best way possible.
If you’re thinking of going to South Africa, let me say that if you don’t also go to Namibia, you are missing out on one of the most breathtakingly beautiful, exciting, and unique countries in the world. Swakopmund is where the majority of the adrenaline adventures are based: Reach upwards of 60 kilometers per hour while sandboarding, skydive over the oldest desert in the world, and give yourself the roller coaster ride of your dreams as you scale huge dunes in a quad bike.
Then head over to Sossossvlei to hike the highest sand dunes in the world and run/glide down them! And if you’re into animals and safaris and that shit, hit up Etosha National Park.
Pro-tip: Don’t bring your camera anywhere near the dunes. Seriously. One grain of sand in that thing and all your pictures are lost.
2. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UAE makes the list because it’s basically indoor Disneyland. Want to go skiing even though it’s 140 degrees out? No problem, THERE’S A FUCKING INDOOR SKI SLOPE in Dubai. As well, Dubai is home to one of the most beautiful skydives in the world (there’s also an indoor skydive, because indoor Disneyland).
Love rollercoasters? Perfect, because the fastest one in the world, at 240 kph and a 4.8 G-force is in Abu Dhabi. Get out of the city and enjoy the desert too! Quad bike, dune buggy or sandboard down the dunes. There is also something called “Dune Bashing” which is basically a dude driving a 4X4 truck like a bat out of hell up and down the dunes, trying to make you lose your lunch. And for something especially unique, try Biokarting - a hybrid of karting and windsurfing!
Pro-tip: The UAE has some unique rules when it comes to alcohol. Residents can only legally drink alcohol with a special license. Tourists as well are required to have a special license, but you would never know this because nobody fucking tells you, nor is there any fucking sign in an airport, at a hotel, or basically anywhere. For the most part, you’re completely fine because cops aren’t going around bars checking. HOWEVER, it is illegal to be drunk outside. So you can drink in a hotel, but if you go outside and you are drunk and being obnoxious, legit the SECOND this happens, the cops will be On. Your. Dick. So basically my pro tip is don’t be a jackass and if you’re a frat boy, wait until you grow up to go to the Emirates.
There is only one place in the world that I can never again return to because I had so much fun the first time around that there is no way a second visit could even come close. That place is Livingstone, Zambia, home of Victoria Falls. Some adrenaline-soaked activities include ziplining from the Zimbabwean side to the Zambian side, bungee jumping above crocodiles (yeah yeah that Aussie girl’s cord snapped in like 2011 but whatever, it was a one-time thing), and be sure you go gorge swinging, which is basically like walking off a cliff and then right when you are about to die, a cable catches you and swings you around until your private areas are so bruised that even Channing Tatum couldn’t spread your legs.
DEFINITELY make sure you visit while Devil’s Pool is open (Late August - Early January). Because honestly, a trip to the falls without the threat of a strong current flinging you to your death is just like, anticlimactic, you know?
Take a microlight (it’s a flying bicycle, legit) over the falls and also make sure you go white water rafting down the Zambezi. It’s the most dangerous rafting in the world, with several grade 4 and 5 rapids. Also those waters are infested with crocs so while you try not to drown, also try not to have your arm bitten off. For the more tame: go on an elephant safari, feed lions, and check out a gorgeous sunset on a booze cruise! You can even go down to Botswana for a day trip safari at Chobe National Park!
Pro-tip: Although the falls are more beautiful from the Zimbabwean side, and I definitely suggest getting a visa to go walk around the falls over there, I would still recommend residing on the Zambian side as there are simply more activities from there. Also, the white water rafting from the Zambian side includes ALL 24 rapids. If you raft from the Zimbabwean side, you are only getting rapids 12-24, which also happen to be the much tamer 1, 2, and 3 grade rapids. YODO. You Only Die Once, right?