Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Extreme sports when travelling

I am a self confessed chicken when it comes to extreme sports or doing anything out of my comfort zone.  But over the years I have thrown myself literally in the deep end and I'm not sure who I have scared more, myself or my mum?

To put this into perspective here, I am the kind of person who would cry on a ferris wheel (who actually has cried on a ferris wheel).

But at the age of 18 I decided that I was going to pack my bags, that University wasn't for me and that I was going to go see the world.  Quite literally.

Before this trip, I had only ever been on family holidays in Europe, so the most extreme kind of sport that I had seen there was jumping on the back of a jet ski.

So travelling was some what of an eye opener for me.  My third stop of seven (on my around the world ticket) was to New Zealand, the home of extreme sports and the first time I had ever thought about doing something 'extreme'.

I set off like most people to, on the beautiful green Kiwi Experience bus, with our driver Scotty.  The first extreme sport I took part in here was mountain trekking on a horse.  It was a hard ride and there were lots of opportunities to fall and at one point my horse even tried to throw me.  But I did get this amazing photo...

The second adventure was black water rafting, which included abseiling, zip wires, jumping off ledges into complete darkness, tunneling and climbing up a waterfall.

My last extreme sport in New Zealand is a right of passage that I think every traveller has to do and it took me around three days to pluck up the courage to do it.  Can you guess what it was?

That's me there in the red jump suit...

I've got less extreme as I've got older, unless getting in Tuk Tuk's, Rick shaws and travelling on night trains in India and Thailand count... but I still like to set myself the odd challenge, like Jungle Trekking and snorkeling with reef sharks in Thailand.



  1. Daredevil! I wish I had the guts to do half these things!

    1. I don't think I have ever had the guts, I've just thrown myself in and hoped for the best :)