5 Ways to End Your Summer with an Adrenaline Rush

As summer draws on, vacation days are becoming precious. But there’s still plenty of time to make the summer of 2016 unforgettable. If you have an end-of-summer trip lined up — or maybe you’re even looking to take a mini weekend adventure — consider throwing an adrenaline-pumping activity into your schedule. If you need an excuse to splurge on an exciting adrenaline rush, consider this: Becoming comfortable in (and even loving) situations that induce this “stress hormone,” will help you better handle extreme pressure scenarios in real life, says Psychology Today.

If you’re familiar with how your body feels with adrenaline pumping through your veins, you’ll be able to think clearly, react effectively, listen, and breathe during other intense experiences, rather than immediately fleeing the situation. With these practical benefits in mind, here are five different adrenaline-filled activities to try around the world.

1. Sky diving

Going skydiving | ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images

For a classic way to get your adrenaline fix, why not jump out of an airplane? The great thing about skydiving is it’s available in many beautiful locations you might choose for vacation. For example, you can enjoy gazing at Colombia’s beautiful mountains and forests during a Bogota tandem skydiving trip or take in breathtaking birds-eye views as you float to the ground in New Zealand with Queenstown Skydive.

2. Sand surfing

Try surfing down a sandy slope for an adrenaline rush this summer | Source: iStock

Is surfing ocean waves or riding your board down a snowy mountainside no longer exciting enough? Change up the venue and surf down sand instead! Sand surfing is a unique activitiy to try anywhere that sand dunes reign. If your travels take you to the Middle East, try sandboarding in Dubai. Or, for an added level of excitement to your experience, go for a Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua which involves climbing to the top of this famous Nicaraguan volcano before zipping down on your board.

3. Cage diving with sharks

Shark cage-less diving

Swimming with sharks | Source: iStock

What better way to get your heart pumping than facing one of everyone’s biggest aquatic fears: sharks. Even though you’re separated from these predators by a metal cage, that won’t keep your brain from telling your body it’s time to get the heck out of there! Luckily, instead of reenacting a scene from Jaws, you’ll live to tell your buddies about your awesome experience getting up-close and personal with these toothy fiends. Try Swimming with Sharks at Coral World Ocean Park in the Virgin Islands or go for a shark dive in Oahu to add some excitement to your next island getaway.

4. Paragliding

Paraglider flying over beach

Paragliding over a beach as the sun sets. | Source: iStock

This sport can be as tranquil or terrifying as you please — depending on how much your guide treats you to some gravity-defying tricks. But if spinning in the air isn’t your thing, you can still get a healthy dose of adrenaline after simply jumping off the side of a cliff and gliding through the air. Like skydiving, paragliding gives you a chance to admire the lovely scenery of your vacation destination while epically embracing the powers of flight. One of the best places to go paragliding in the world is Colombia, where you can gaze at city rooftops with Bogotá Paragliding Adventure or fly over awesome mountains and alpine valleys with Medellín Paragliding Tour.

5. Race car driving

Race car speeding down a track | Source: iStock

Who hasn’t dreamt of speeding through the streets in a high-speed chase, just like a scene from one of your favorite action movies? Well, if this sounds like your kind of adrenaline kick, good news: You can live your need-for-speed fantasies during your next vacation. One of the best places to do so is in Las Vegas where you can learn to be a race car diver with a Richard Petty Rookie Experience in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for a luxurious spin, opt for Los Angeles Sports Car Driving Experience where you can get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferarri. Talk about a dream come true.

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