To be human is to live for adventure. Many of us will perhaps only visit a destination once in a lifetime. Others will go back to familiar places or seek out new dreams. Here are five adventures that you sure do not want to miss before you leave the planet. I picked five of my favorites: Playing a round of Golf in the birthplace of Golf at historic St. Andrews in Scotland, Scuba Diving in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, Sky Diving over Moab in the U.S. state of Utah, River Rafting on Futaleufu River in Patagonia , Chile, and Heli-Skiing on Mount Cook on the South Island of New Zealand. Hope that you like the photos. Nick , your founder here at the World Travel List.
Golf – Scotland
Not just a round of Golf. How about a round of Golf in the birthplace of Golf. Playing a round in historic St. Andrews just might be as close to “golfers heaven” as on can get. Having done this once in a lifetime, even if the weather left little to be desired, was still a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.
Scuba Dive – The Red Sea – Egypt
One of my greatest pleasures in life is when I’m under the sea. Egypt is more than just a cultural destination. Egypt has also is ideal for water sports, relaxation, and excellent diving in the Red Sea. With its year-round sunshine, the Red Sea is the ideal place to enjoy scuba diving. The underwater scenery is rich with coral-covered reefs and famous dive sites such as Ras Mohamed and Elphinstone as well as wrecks, including the Thistlegorm. Also with relatively calm water, the Red Sea makes a great destination to get your scuba certification.
Sky Dive – Utah – U.S.A.
Want a real rush, try jumping out of an airplane at 30,000 feet. And for pure beauty try sky diving over the red rock formations of Moab, this can’t be beat. Tandem diving is a great way to get your feet wet, especially if you’re just a beginner, like I was. It was one of the coolest things that I have done in my life. Feel the adrenaline
Check out the highly recommended : www.skydivemoab.com
Chile – River Rafting
There are rivers throughout the world where one can experience the thrill of the rapids, but if you’re a real adrenaline junkie or thrill seeker, (I’ll try anything once), then I have just the river for you. Chile’s Futaleufu in Patagonia. Warning, this is not for the timid. You will work hard. I think I gained more muscle mass in three days than in a lifetime. Given the proper instruction and using a reputable river guides, and you can do it.
Look no further than Earth River Expeditions : www.earthriver.com
New Zealand – Heli-Skiing
The Kiwis are known for adventure. New Zealand offers many outdoor activities for the active traveler. If you’re a skier, New Zealand’s, South Island offers some of the finest powder in the world. If you really want to get to areas where few people get to then hire a heli-skiing operator to take you to the top. The views are spectacular and best of all, it’s all downhill from there.
The Author is Nick Kontis , founder of the World Travel List
Nick Kontis started out as a world traveler at an early age traveling back and forth between California to Greece every summer. But it was a back packing trip around the world at age 24 that proved to be a life changing experience. After traveling by car, train, , plane, bike and, boat around the world, it would be this trip of a lifetime that would lead to a life as a travel entrepreneur and world traveler. Nick has been on both radio and television. Featured on Arthur Frommer’s television show, and referred by Lonely Planet writers. Frequently mentioned as the “father of around the world airfares” Arthur Frommer once said, “If Jules Verne were alive today he would use Nick to go around the world in 80 days.” Nick and his various travel companies have sent over 10,000 people taking their dream trip through airfare discounts of as much as 50% off the airlines published fares. Now Nick promotes travel through his World Travel List and ‘Trip Rambler’ by World Travel List. Having traveled to over 80 countries Nick hopes to inspire others to travel the world.