World’s scariest travel activities
Long ago, most people thought the world was flat. And perhaps because we’ve now labeled every country, river, ocean and forest, and we know we can’t actually fall off the face of the Earth, a few of us have become restless. That need for real adventure has produced some extremely intimidating travel activities.
From jumping off a platform more than 70 stories high to swallowing the heart of the most deadly snake in the world, we rounded up the most insane, horrifyingly crazy, ridiculously intimidating activities on the planet. Sure, you can’t sail off the edge of the world – but if you have the money, you can lean out over largest waterfall in the world … while a complete stranger holds your ankles.
Here’s to the most intimidating travel activities on Planet Earth and those crazy enough to invent them:
No. 10 – Nude Cruising
While some people have no fear of heights and others will happily eat bugs, being completely naked with several hundred strangers will intimidate just about anyone. Bare Necessities has been inviting people to climb aboard their cruise ships – in the buff – for more than two decades.
“It has been our experience that people who are able to leave their clothing behind in a social setting are also more able to check their egos at the door and be themselves, as they really are, rather than who they think others would like them to be,” offers owner Nancy Tiemann.
Of course, that initial unveiling is still probably awkward. And since we are all thinking it, here’s the answer. Yes, you can wear clothes to dinner.
Price: From $5,000 to $18,600 depending on cabin
Best Place to Do It: Fiji, new cruise offered for 2014
No. 9 – Canyoning
Using everything you’ve got to tackle Mother Nature, canyoning is part rock climbing and part spelunking, with a dash of cliff jumping and a good measure of body sliding down a watery rock chute face first. Outfitters are located around the globe, from Costa Rica’s tropical rainforests to our pick in Scotland, where you add some serious heights – like a 120-foot abseil off a waterfall – and the bite of icy British water. The two-day extreme canyoning trip from Nae Limits offers a chance to visit the country’s most dangerous canyons, face first.