Adventures Around the World
Since slowing down this summer and getting back to the basics, we have been able to take stock of where we’ve been and what we’ve done. I have to pinch myself when I think of the opportunities we had. Who would have thought that two people who were so unhappy a decade ago could live the life they always dreamed of. We always thought adventures were for other people. We always thought we’d be stuck working at jobs we didn’t love, always scrambling to save money for a vacation or eventually settling on a life we truly didn’t want, but felt trapped in because of our station in life. But we surprised ourselves and learned that anyone can live the life they want. All they have to do is set their mind to their goals and work hard to get there. Our 21 adventures around the world are living proof that dreams can come true.
Flying a Stunt Plane
And we thought only fighter pilots could do loops and corkscrews in the air. But in New Zealand, a regular ordinary every day person can pilot their own stunt plane. At you will take the controls of the plane as you fly upside down, dive in the sky and twist and turn until your stomach leaps into your throat. Don’t worry, you have a trained professional in the cockpit behind you to take over the controls in case anything should go astray.
Sky Diving Abel Tasman
You can skydive anywhere on earth, but why not do it at the adventure capital of the world. Abel Tasman offers better weather than Queenstown, so the chances of actually getting to jump are better here. You also get to jump from an altitude of 16, 000 feet. That’s three thousand feet more than most commercial jumps giving you extra freefall time. It’s so high, you’ll need oxygen during your flight up!
White Water Kayaking
With all the amazing adventures we have on this list, you may be surprised that White Water Kayaking the Madawaska River in Ontario, Canada is so high. However, if you think about the fact that we had to learn how to roll, and become comfortable flipping upside down in whitewater while navigating our own vessel down class 2 and 3 rapids, you’ll understand why. It is the most awesome feeling to run a set of rapids on your own. When you approach a set of rapids and you see the white water ahead, the adrenaline gets pumping and you feel a mixture of fear and excitement. There is nothing more rewarding than learning how to white water kayak.
Take a microlight flight and feel the wind whip through your hair as you fly high in the sky to take in the view. There are several places on earth to take a microlight flight. We did ours off the coast of Durban South Africa where we took in the extraordinary coast, and witnessed sealions playing
Bobsledding in BC
Want to know what it’s like to feel the force of 3Gs? Visit the Olympic Bobsled run in Whistler and join a professional boblsedder in the cockpit where you’ll reach speeds of 145km per hour as you whiz down the frozen course. It’s one crazy adventure that you’ll never forget.
High Mountain Trail Ride
We love riding horses, but taking a horseback ride high into the rocky mountains is an adventure we’ll always remember. As the owner of the Anchor D Ranch in Black Diamond Alberta said, “You have to have good horses out here or else you will get someone killed” We felt confident and surefooted on his horses as we hugged the edges of mountain cliffs and made our way up and down steep hills. It was one of our favourite adventures of all time.
If you want something to brag about, jumping into the icy waters of Antarctica or the Arctic Circle are something worth doing. If you travel with Quark Expeditions, you don’t do the Polar Plunge off the beach, nope, you jump right into the centre of the ocean from the ship into sub zero water. (salt water doesn’t freeze until -2) It’s cold alright, so cold that you have to be tethered to the boat in case something happens. Travel to Antarctica or the Arctic with Quark Expeditions.
Kayaking with Crocodiles
This was probably the stupidest adventure we’ve ever done. While kayaking in a crocodile, shark and hippo infested waters of a tributary in South Africa, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves “why are we doing this?” It’s definitely a hair raising adventure. There’s nothing scarier than thinking that if you happen to fall in the water a croc will be out to get you. The most vulnerable part of our day was getting in and out of the boat. Crocodiles love to sit near shallow water and attack when a person is standing in as little as two or three inches. Needless to say, we were happy to make it through the day in one piece.
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
Move over shark week and instead become a part of it. Think you can only see great white sharks on TV? No way, in South Africa and South Australia, you can hope into a cage and dive with Great White Sharks. We enjoyed South Africa more than South Oz, because it had a bit more of a wild west feel. The cage was smaller, the sharks were friskier and the day was outstanding. You’ll gain a better understanding and appreciation of great white sharks and maybe one day, they won’t be vilified anymore.
We always wanted to try this and finally got our chance last year in Canmore Alberta. Ice Climbing is a crazy adventure where you not only have to worry about being sure footed, you also have to worry about ice breaking off and either falling on your partner or taking you down with it. Luckily we had a guide with decades of ice climbing experience leading the way and making sure we were on the firm ice of a frozen waterfall. There is nothing more rewarding than getting to the top of the climb and taking in the magnificent view.
Race a Ferrari
What guy hasn’t dreamed of driving a Ferrari on a real life race track. In Emilia Romagna Italy, we had the chance to do a couple of laps at La Modena in a genuine racing Ferrari. With a skilled driver in the passenger seat ready to hit the brakes whenever needed, we put our pedal to the medal and