There’s nothing like attaching an elastic cord to your feet and jumping off a bridge head-first. Stare death in the face as you see the ground coming closer and closer to you, until you finally feel the relief of slowing down as the elastic cord stretches to its maximum and pulling you back up.
Just like bungee jumping, except this time you have no elastic cord, and you are jumping from MUCH higher up. Luckily you can do a tandem dive with an instructor, so you don’t need to worry about when to open the parachute and how to steer it. I think this is the ultimate “Face your Fears” kind of activity you can do.
Shark Cage Diving
The ocean’s most feared predator – the Great White Shark. So it sounds like a brilliant idea then to submerge yourself in the ocean in a cage, with these evil killer fish swimming all around you? Definitely an experience you need to have once in your lifetime.
Jump Off a High Cliff Into The Ocean
This is a lot more tame than the 3 things listed above. There are plenty of locations with beaches all around the world where there are nice high cliffs you can climb and from which you can dive off into the ocean. It’s lot’s of fun to do, and the higher the cliff, the scarier it is. Make sure that there are no rocks in the water beneath you, and be careful not to slip while climbing the cliff.
For me one of the strangest experiences is to be able to take full breaths deep under water. It just feels so strange and unnatural, yet at the same time totally awesome. It’s said that the best scuba diving experience is the great barrier reef.
One of my favorite water sports is water skiing and wakeboarding. It’s so much fun to glide along the water, being pulled by the speed boat and having the freedom to twist, turn and jump whenever you want.
The surfboards with a big sail on them. It’s very different to normal surfing, but it’s super fun. The first time I tried, I could only go in one direction (with the wind, away from the shore). I had to sit on my board for 3 hours before the lifeguard came to fetch me in his little speedboat, and it took me a few lessons to learn how to use the sail to go in both directions.
One thing you have to experience is to stand up on a surfboard. It’s really not that easy, but once you get the hang of it, surfing is really an experience that’ll set you free.
Not for the faint of heart, but definitely something that you should experience. I went on a 2 day camping expedition down a pretty rough river here in South Africa. You go in groups of 10 or more, have all your possessions in water-tight bags and head down the bends and turns of the racing water, while avoiding rocks and trees in the process.
Go On a Safari
I’m sure you’ve seen footage of safari’s on television, but it’s a much better experience in real life. The best is to go with a friend or a group of friends, book a few days at a game lodge and take a safari out into the wild park. You’ll go in a bus or a jeep, together with a guide and ranger, and you’ll see all the wild, amazing and dangerous animals you’ve only seen in the Zoo or on TV.
Take a Ride In a Hot Air Balloon
You’ll get to have a picnic in a small basket under a huge balloon, with a few of your friends, while floating hundreds of feet above the ground and seeing how beautiful the world is from up there. I almost experienced it but my trip got cancelled last minute due to weather conditions, and I never booked another trip.
Quad Biking In The Dunes
This is something that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but it’s something that everyone should do at least once. It’s the most fun thing you can do in the dessert (or beach dunes), I can’t even describe how awesome it is. Race around the dunes, jump off them, park on the highest one and watch the sun set…
Ride a Camel In The Dessert
A camel is quite different to a loud machine with 4 wheels (the quad bike), but it’s another experience not to be missed. Camels are big and smelly, but afterwards you’ll appreciate modern transportation a lot more.
Ride a Motorcycle (Wheelie If You’re Brave)
Motorcycles give you a huge sense of freedom and invincibility. The rush of acceleration on a powerful motorcycle is insane, and very easy to get addicted to. You have to ride a motorcycle at least once in your life, but if you’re not experienced with it, do it in an empty parking lot and avoid the busy roads.
Handbrake Turn a Car While Traveling Over 30 mph (50km/h)
If you’ve ever watched The Fast and The Furious, or heard about drifting, this is as close as you can get. Find an empty wide street or empty parking lot, accelerate to 30 mph and just pull the handbrake while steering to the left or the right at the same time. Going sideways in your car is lots of fun. You can even take an extreme driving course where they teach you how to do controlled skidding and handbrake turns (so you don’t crash your car or kill someone).
Drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari
A Lamborghini and Ferrari are pretty much the most exclusive and expensive cars that money can buy, and only reserved for some very select individuals who earn enough to afford to own one. Fortunately, you can rent one for a few hours for just a fraction of the retail price, and it’s something that you need to experience. The refinement, the raw power, the acceleration. And remember to take plenty of videos and photos.
Get In a Physical Fight
You’ll never know what you’re made of until you get into a real (physical) fight. Can you throw a punch? Can you block or avoid a punch thrown at you? Can you knock someone out? It’s always better to avoid physical fights, but I can tell you that you learn a heck of a lot more from 5 minutes in a street fight than years of martial arts training in a dojo.
Go camping, out in the wild. Take a friend or a group of friends, pack some great food and head out into the moutains for a 2-3 day journey. Get back to nature, and forget about technology. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the relaxation and the lack of technology.
Spend a Night Sleeping Under The Stars
Combine this with you camping trip and you’ll kill two birds with one stone. You have to experience sleeping in the open air, just looking up at the stars and universe above you, wondering if other life exists, and feeling so lucky to be alive. To be part of this big world and huge planet.
Go On Holiday With Your Best Friend
A week or two on a holiday with only your best friend is something you must experience (multiple times if possible) in your lifetime. No parents, no work, no responsibilities. Just you and your friend, taking an adventure or relaxation in a foreign country. Ideally you want to go for 2-3 months, and backpack through multiple cities and countries, but even a week or two in a beach location is fantastic.
Take a Cross-Country Road Trip With Your Friends
Invite 2-3 of your friends and plan to take a road trip of a few days. You don’t necessarily need to have a plan or destination, but it’s wise to map out a couple of places where you can easily find a hotel to stay the night, so that you don’t end up on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Pack supplies, bring clothes and have lots of fun together. Make sure to let someone responsible know where you’re going, and take your cellphone with you.
Rent a Motorcycle And Tour Through Europe In The Summer
This is something high on my list of things to do before I die. Europe is fantastic, because there are so many different countries, cultures and continents packed closely together. In the summer it’s very easy to travel with just a backpack, sleep in hostels (or hotels if you can afford it) and go wherever you want to go. On a motorcycle, you have all the freedom you want. Start in Amsterdam, drive down through France, Portugal and end up in Spain. I think this type of trip would be even more fun with a good friend.
Throw a Snowball At Someone
You haven’t lived until you’ve hit someone ‘smack’ in the face with a snowball. If you live in a country without snow, you can always resort to scraping it off the inside of your freezer until you have enough to make a snowball with.
Go Snowboarding or Skiing (I Prefer Snowboarding)
There’s nothing like racing down the ski slopes, icy-cold air rushing past your face and having the freedom to turn, curve, jump and go where you want to go. I can do it all day, sunrise to sunset. If you’ve never gone skiing or snowboarding before, don’t worry. It’ll only take you a few days to learn and from there you’re able to enjoy the magnificent winter sport.
Build Your Own Igloo
While you’re on your snow vacation, you might as well take the time to build your own igloo. Eskimos live in these things so I guess it could be kind of cozy and comfortable to chill out in one.
Learn To Do A Standing Somersault
A friend of mine impressed me with this trick at a party when I was like 13. I’m too scared to try because it just looks difficult, but I’d love to master this before I die (And I guess I’ll have to do it before I’m too old).
Go To a Nightclub On Your Own And Make Some New Friends
All of us get way too comfortable in our daily routines. We hang out with the same people, frequent the same places and even stay stuck in the same jobs for years on end. Step out of your comfort zone, pick a night and head out to the city on your own. Hit up some bars and nightclubs and you’ll be forced to talk to people, because you’ll look like a creeper weirdo if you just stand in the corner by yourself. You’ll be surprised how much fun it can be!
Throw A HUGE Party For All Your Friends
I’m never really one for hosting parties, since many people are ungrateful and your house gets trashed. However, you should throw a HUGE party for all your friends at least once in your lifetime. I mean HUGE as in hundreds of people, tons of food and plenty of alcohol.
Witness A Final Match Of A World Cup Event, Live
Just having had the soccer world cup in South Africa last year, it’s an absolutely unique experience that you should have at least once. It doesn’t really matter which sport, but be there amongst the crowd in the stadium to witness one of the final games of the event in person. The vibe is totally amazing.