Extreme tourism examples
People travel to discover new lands. People travel to widen their own horizons. People travel to get new emotions. People travel to be thrilled. Some are searching for lazy holidays with sun, beach and cocktails. Some are waking up early in the mornings, walking around with maps in their hands, counting numbers of visited museums and spending hours on buses or trains to travel the new land. Some are renting cars and heading for a long road trips, crossing many borders, circling mountain paths, experiencing wild animals’ safaris or enjoying ocean views along the way.
But some are searching for something more thrilling, more exciting, something that stops their breathing, and, in unlucky moments, even can cost the life. There I am turning towards the extreme tourism.
As in today’s world we have nearly all possibilities for everything, so travelling people start segmenting their discoveries. Instead of going on beaten path together with a popular, massive tourism, they are searching those exact things in which they are particularly interested. So, now it is easily possible to distinguish various niche types of voyages. I am sure that nearly everyone heard about agritourism, pilgrimage or backpacking, but what about even more special ways of travelling, like war tourism, ghost tourism or extreme tourism?
Extreme tourism is considered as an extreme way of travelling, when a traveler is getting involved in activities, facing danger. And, there is nothing related with Rollercoasters or skydiving. I mean, the real danger. It is clear that in today’s life people are searching for deeper, even shocking experiences. Having modern tidy offices, working the whole day with computers, sitting comfortably in restaurants and enjoying classy dinners is not enough, if hearts are longing for adventures. Such people on their holidays really want to run away as far as that is possible from safe regular daily life.
I didn’t try any extreme tourism yet. Some things maybe were extreme, but nothing that I could put in the shelf of such niche tourism as real candidates. However, I got so thrilled about this topic that decided to write down the post considering it: with the hope that my readers may find out something new, and with the willing that when you start speaking loudly about things, according to some, they get bigger chance to happen.
So are you ready for some really breathtaking moments? There’s my collected list of extreme ways to travel!
Burning lava tours in Hawaii. Photo borrowed from Bigthink.com
Paradise for this flaming type of tourism is Hawaii, and most activities are related with Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Every year around 2 mln of fearless travelers are risking their lives for various unique experiences. Just imagine that you become surrounded by flaming lava river, but instead of insane trying to put a step on the safe land you chillax and bake your marshmallows over the burning flows! People really do so, and that sounds extremely exciting!
Prices for volcanic tourism vary from 90 eur to 1700 eur per person. That depends on chosen type of activity: short or long-term trips, places, helicopter sightseeing and so on.