There are several different things I take into consideration when planning my travels. A big one is the attractions that are available in the area, I’ll often base myself close to the places I want to visit! One of these 3 Ocho Rios excursions was the whole reason Jamaica made it on to my bucket list! These excursions are perfect for those that love a bit of adventure when they travel!
Everyone needs a little kick of adrenaline at some point and what better way than to take a zip lining tour that combines learning about Dubuque’s history! I was so excited when I discovered you could go zip lining in Iowa! Sky Tours is located in Union Park, along John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque, Iowa. The course consists of 9 zip lines and takes around 2hr 30 to complete!
4 years ago London was home to the 2012 Olympics. I watched the stadium being built…and then a big twisted red metal structure alongside it. What on earth was it? What was the point of something that was so big and odd looking? But now I think it’s pure genius. The ArcelorMittal Orbit was the brain child of Anish Kapoor. He also created ‘Cloud Gate’ (aka the giant reflective Bean) in Millennium Park in Chicago, USA. Originally the Orbit was just an observation tower, but 2016 saw the introduction of the world’s longest and tallest tube slide, a collaboration with scientist and artist, Carsten Holler.
One of the cool parts of travelling is being able to experience things that are part of the culture you are visiting. Before I went to Hawaii, a neighbour recommended us to have a go on an Outrigger Canoe while visiting Oahu. Outrigger Canoes are similar to a narrow dug out canoe but with a giant stabiliser on one side. In Polynesian cultures as well as a method of transport, they are used in racing too!
I hadn’t heard of Icelandic Hill Climbing (also known as Formula Offroad) until my Dad told me that he wanted to go to Iceland. He’d found an experience to be a passenger in a crazy 820bph nitrous powered off road buggy that is capable of going up near vertical hills and can even aquaplane across water. He needed a ‘buddy’ to lower the cost of the trip and I was the only one that could help him tick this mission off his bucket list! Formula offroad is a popular motor sport in Iceland, they hold competitions that include: hill climbing, offroad tracks and freestyle. Check out my view from inside the cab below!
Do adrenaline junkies ever get scared? In short, yes. I consider myself an adrenaline junkie to a certain extent. I’ve always been obsessed with theme parks and rides, I done my first skydive when I was 17, my Dad even had to come along with me because I was too young to sign my own waiver form! I’m by no means a professional, I’m hardly going to start base jumping but I enjoy trotting round the globe, hunting for activities that are within reach to anyone with a give it a go attitude. To most of my friends and family, I look fearless, my photos often make them feel sick, but there is one activity that I’m still wary of and have even chickened out of on a couple of occasions.
I thought I’d share my favourite thing I’ve done in Dublin, Ireland! If you’re after something that doesn’t involve alcohol or museums but is something a bit more active and challenging, yes, right in the city centre, I think I’ve found it! Located at the Grand Canal Dock (roughly a 25 minute walk from the main centre) is Wakedock, a cable wake boarding park! What is wake boarding? Think snowboarding, mixed with water skiing and you’re not far off! I first learnt to wakeboard behind a speed boat, cable parks eliminate the boat. The tow rope is attached to a cable that runs above the dock and uses a control box to stop, start and control it’s speed.
When it comes to theme parks and ‘extreme sports’, I’m the equivalent of a plane spotter. Not only do I love a good kick of adrenaline, but I’m a sucker for the stats; height, speed, depth, inversions, g force etc etc but AGE isn’t normally something that comes up very often. In 2014 the 2nd oldest rollercoaster in the world, ‘Rutschebanen’, turned 100 years old!