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by Ollie Barstow on 18 October 2012, 09:10AM Take an activity trip with Travelbag

The High Life

It takes a very special man to break the speed of sound armed only with a spacesuit, a can of his favourite energy drink and perhaps a prayer or two, but Felix Baumgartner is undoubtedly such a man.

In case you missed it, Felix literally jumped into the record books by completing the highest freefall in history and just a quick glance at the statistics –128,100ft (24 miles) above earth and reaching an eye-watering speed of 833.9mph – is enough to raise anyone’s heartbeat!

Naturally, we don’t expected freefalling from space to appear as a ‘tour option’ at Travelbag any time soon, but if watching Felix’s extraordinary feat has sparked some inspiration within you, why not indulge your adventurous side with one of these hair-raising earth-bound activities…

Rollercoaster – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
One of the easiest ways to get your adrenaline-fuelled thrills without needing to do more than simply sit down, rollercoasters have often tested the foolhardy with their dips, swoops and loop-di-loops.

Getting longer, taller and more gravity-defying all the time, the rollercoaster that will give you bragging rights amongst your friends is undoubtedly ‘Formula Rossa’, the ride that offers Formula 1-style thrills without the helmet. Or the car.

Located at the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi, Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world and propels its passengers to 150mph from a standing start in less than five seconds, a face-warping speed that will leave your heart-pounding and your hair suitably ruffled.


Bungee Jumping – Queenstown, New Zealand
What better way to pay tribute to the sport of bungee jumping than by doing it in the town where it was first popularised?

Ever since AJ Hackett opened the world’s first commercial bungee jumping company on Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge in 1988, the sport has literally taken off and is generally regarded as one of the most extreme non-specialised activities you can partake in.

In fact, Queenstown has established itself as a mecca for adrenaline-junkies with its options to ski, raft, mountain bike and skydive, but bungee jumping remains the iconic practice for those who enjoy a rush of blood to the head.


Abseiling – Cape Town, South Africa
There are few sensations more alien than stepping backwards off a ledge 1,000m above sea level, but if you’ve ever considered abseiling for the first time, then do so from Cape Town’s Table Mountain for a challenging, yet hugely rewarding experience.

Escape your fellow tourists by descending 112m from the peak of flat-topped Table Mountain, savouring your unique vantage point as you steadily make your way to solid ground.

Already one of the southernmost points on earth, abseiling down Table Mountain gives the indescribable feeling you’ve just stepped off the edge of it too…


Surfing – Surfers’ Paradise, Australia
Where is the best destination in the world to surf? Well, there is a clue in the name… Indeed, Surfers’ Paradise makes good on its boastful moniker, the name immortalised in 1933 as more and more people came to ride the bountiful waves of this beautiful Gold Coast stretch.

Naturally, there are several ‘surf schools’ available for those whose previous watersports experience stops at bobbing up and down on a rubber ring, but for those more at home on the water, Surfers’ Paradise is, well, a paradise!


Cycling – Vietnam
Though it isn’t far above the ground or approaching three-figure speeds, cycling is considered one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to raise the pulse. As such, there is a plethora of challenging routes to choose from around the world.

An ideal way to get closer to its spectacular landscape, Vietnam has become one of the most popular destinations for cyclists with its challenging National Highway 1 route, which stretches from the north to the south of the country.

Far more than a mere day-long exercise, this trip is for ambitious cyclists only since the length of the route is around 1,000 miles. Even so, cycling is a culture in Vietnam, so expect your heart to be warmed – as well as stimulated – by the giddy locals you will meet on your travels.


EdgeWalk – Toronto, Canada
No visit to a major city is complete without scaling its tallest building and getting a snapshot of the skyline from a bird’s eye perspective, but while some people are happy seeing the spectacular vistas from the other side of a window, there are some that will always want to get just that bit closer…

That is why Toronto’s iconic CN Tower has introduced the EdgeWalk, where visitors are tethered to an overhead rail and can ‘walk’ around the edge of the pod.

At 1168ft above the ground, it’s the world’s highest hands-free walk and while those with a head for heights will quiver at the prospect of leaning above 356m of ‘nothing’, for thrill-seekers it’s merely a ‘walk in the park’.


To discuss putting together a trip to any of these destinations, pop in to one of our seven stores, or call us on 0203 944 2201


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