14 Aug 2016
What’s Your Extreme?
Is riding the ‘Death Road’ near Bolivia’s La Paz on your bucket list, just to see if you can defeat it? Or perhaps you’re more inclined to try over 500 cheeses at Trujillo’s National Cheese Festival in Spain? What about a dance party on St Martin in the Caribbean with the vibes of Ibiza but cheaper drinks and better beaches?
If you’re the type that likes your travels extreme, there’s an experience here for you. I’ve compiled some of the most extreme travel experience posts from the very relaxing and beautiful, to the most thrilling and downright terrifying. Pick your poison, there is something here for you.
An inspiration for those who like the biggest, oldest, craziest, most dangerous, hottest and coldest, this list presents extremes of all kinds. It also provides a great source for places that should be avoided. Like California’s Death Valley in summer, for instance – this list’s hottest place on earth. Unless you enjoy sizzling in temperatures ranging from 100°F to over 120°F (38°C to over 49°C) perhaps this extreme travel experience is best planned around the autumn through spring months of October to April, which is much more bearable.
The flattest place on earth: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Thrill Seekers & Adrenaline Junkies
We all know at least one of these types, and I personally like to dabble in a dose of adrenalin on occasion. Whereas I’m less of an ice-bathing in Iceland type (why? WHY??), I could be convinced to jump out of a plane over Mount Everest and would most certainly get on a rollercoaster that takes you from 0 to 150mph in under 5 seconds. Where do you draw the line?
Skydiving above Mount Everest, Himalayas
Huayna Picchu sits on a steep climb above Machu Picchu
Whilst hiking can seem tame in comparison to some of the above-mentioned adrenalin depleting activities, the ones mentioned here prove the opposite. Not for the faint of heart, nor those with vertigo, these hikes are certain to increase anyone’s heartbeat.
Les Dunes Electroniques Festival, Tunisia
Most Festival Fun
There are some weird and wonderful gatherings happening around the globe. Many have had much publicity bordering on notoriety. Others, you’ll be surprised, no one has ever heard of. Try, for instance, ‘Les Dunes Electroniques’ in Tunisia each February. You’ll find revellers donning their best Luke Skywalker garb, whilst re-enacting light sabre fights to EDM music amongst the sand dunes that Star Wars was filmed in. Or perhaps you’re more the comedy and powder skiing type? Well, there’s a festival for that too. It’s Austria’s Altitude Comedy festival. A well researched and comprehensive international list covering writers festivals to comedy, art, food, film, craft and lots of music.
World’s Best Festivals by Condé Nast Traveller
The Best Islands
Some of us have enough adrenaline packed days in our daily lives and prefer extremes of a more relaxing kind. Travel and Leisure readers have voted their favourite island destinations according to activities and sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value. This makes for one easy-on-the-eye list.
And for those with a pretty penny or two in their pockets, you might like a look at these dreamy retreats. Apart from a few coconuts, you won’t have to share your space with anyone else.
Palawan, The Phillipines
Just because you don’t want to spend your life savings on a holiday (or don’t have any to spend in the first place) doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Here are 12 International destinations you can easily do on a tight budget.
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Caye Caulker, Belize
How you find your relaxation is subjective. Some find their inner peace by walking up a mountain by themselves, others prefer lying on a hammock reading a book. Rough Guides have compiled a visual feast with stunning imagery to transport you straight to their destinations. Enter at your own risk.
Tristan da Cunha, A British Island between South Africa & South America
Hardest To Get To
Some of us enjoy a real challenge and love working for their rewards. Here are some destinations that will require determination, some negotiating and a lot of patience. What do you get for all this? Some of the world’s most spectacular and least documented scenery and some pretty one-of-a-kind experiences.
So, what’s your extreme?
Bon voyage, lovers.
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