Have you been cliff camping, storm chasing or volcano boarding? If not, you haven’t lived. The trend for extreme travel is gathering momentum, with adventurous travellers looking for ever-more adrenaline-fuelled experiences to brag to their friends about.
This infographic from travelsupermarket.com lists 20 extreme travel experiences to try on your next trip. For example, in Macau, there’s the world’s highest bungee jump at 233 metres; in Wales, there’s the world’s fastest zip line, which takes you whizzing 150 metres above a quarry.
According to Sandler Research’s Adventure Tourism Market Report, extreme travel is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 46 per cent between 2016-2020. In 2015, adventure tourism generated US$7.88 trillion in revenue.
France, Germany, Spain and Iceland are the most popular extreme travel destinations for international tourists, with a boost in adventure sports such as paragliding, kite surfing and hiking bringing in more visitors. Emerging extreme travel destinations in Europe include Albania, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Latvia and Armenia.
If you are looking to book an adventure holiday, here are some of the world’s leading specialists: Austin Adventures, Explore Worldwide, G Adventures, Mountain Travel Sobek, Boundless Journeys, Butterfield and Robinson, Classic Journeys, Geographic Expeditions, Intrepid Travels, Kensington Tours, Mantis Extreme, and Wilderness Travels.