You all know I love adventure. I started documenting my adventure travels in 2008 and continue to do so with destinations such Cuba, Kauai, New Zealand, Alaska, Patagonia, and more. I’ve gone as far as saying that, “Adventure is my mediation.” That’s why I wanted to invite another adventure lover to write a guest post. With everyone all stoked about images, I was delighted by The Best Destinations with the Ultimate Photo Op by my peer adventurer, Olivia Taddio.
The floors is your, Taddio. Adventure away!
How far would you go for the ‘gram? For some, chronicling their adventure travels through this popular social media app goes hand-in-hand with their passion of pushing their bodies (and some would also say their sanity) to the limits. If you look up the simple and obvious tag of #adventuretravel, you’re inundated with over 70,000 posts ranging from extreme landscapes, to winter wonderlands, to skydiving and bungee jumping. This popular tag shows photos from professionals and amateurs alike, which is what is most fascinating about adventure travel and capture. For FlightHub, imagining these adventures into reality is our profession, so we’ve compiled the best adventure destinations with the ultimate photo op.
Bungee Jumping in New Zealand
Though you can bungee jump virtually anywhere in the world, FlightHub review thinks that cheating death by wrapping an extended cord around your feet should be done while seeing some of the most incredible natural beauty found in New Zealand. If you feel like you’re ready to take the plunge, then FlightHub suggests hitting up New Zealand’s highest bungee, Nevis Bungy is over 130m high and is famous in New Zealand. Think you can keep a straight face? Try snapping a pic and see how free-falling over 40 storeys and see how that works out.
White water rafting in Zambezi River
It’s time to see if you’ll sink or swim in the Zambezi River. Classed as a level V river, this river is characterized by large drops, intense wildlife, and potential group-assisted rescue should the need arise, FlightHub thinks that this is the perfect place to test your nerves and daring. The day-long rafting trip is internationally renowned, and isn’t for the faint of heart. Get ready for an immediate 400ft drop within the first 24km of the river, and try to keep your breakfast in while you do!
Forget the harness, cliff dive into Horseshoe Lake
Located in Jasper National Park in Canada, and accessible through the Ice Field Parkway (take note of the name, friends) this secluded and stunning lake is the perfect place to shimmy down to your nitty gritty’s and take the 80ft plunge into the cold, turquoise-blue (and probably freezing) water. FlightHub encourages you to bring a warm towel and have it ready and waiting for you close by in the hopes of avoiding any turtle jokes on the way out of the water (or on your Instagram feed!) . The hike up isn’t long, so if you’re feeling the adrenaline rush you could keep at this all day. There are no guides or spotters available to you, so make sure to take proper care and precautions for yourself.
Free diving, how long can you hold your breath for?
Free diving is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for people who don’t actively train for it. For this reason, FlightHub strongly encourages participants to take the time and research this kind of extreme sporting activity. However, if you’re an adrenaline junkie and want to see how far you could push your limits, then take one last breath and say goodbye to the land above the sea and dive in Dahab, Egypt. Renowned around the world in the free diving community, this dive is unlike any other. With a difficult level rating at 7, this kind of free dive is done in groups, and with a secure safety line, but the experience is unlike any other. Strap a GoPro to your head and make sure you take a selfie on your way down!
If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, or if it’s your first time, then make your way to Christ of the Abyss in the Italian Riviera, Portofino. The dive is only 10-15m, and you can easily see the surface and it’ll make for a great photo op on the feed!
**Guest post provided by Olivia Taddio, travel writer, food lover, coffee monster, and adventurer based in Montreal, Canada. Yeezy taught me.