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Our top activities from around the world to get your family's hearts racing

Idle holidays not really your thing? Fear not you trepid adventurers - we've compiled a list of the top 10 most adventurous holiday activities as some travel inspiration for you! We've searched far and wide and spoken to some serious adrenaline addicts in the process to bring you our top picks - suitable for all the family!

#1 Whitewater Rafting

What's more thrilling than hurtling down a river, surrounded by breath-taking scenery in nothing but a rubber dingy? Get the whole family together and become the ultimate navigating team with a rafting experience at one of these ultimate locations we've found below:

Colorado River- Colorado or Arizona, United States; Ottawa River- Quebec, Canada; Pacuare River- San Jose, Costa Rica; Futaleufú River- Patagonia, Chile; Johnstone River- North Queensland, Australia


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#2 Ziplining

The ultimate adrenaline rush comes from soaring high above treetops and valleys, all whilst being safely harnessed to a zip line. There are some great ziplining locations around the world with spectacular views- such as the Flightline in California which overlooks the open exhibits of the San Diego Zoo.

Flightline- San Diego, California; Grande Lakes Adventure Course- Orlando, Florida, USA; Monteverde Canopy Tour- Montverde, Costa Rica; YMCA- The Rockies, Colorado, USA

 

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#3 Zorbing

Never heard of Zorbing? Zorbing is essentially where you and the family climb into a large PVC sphere and roll yourself down a hill - if this screams 'family arguments', you can of course do it as individuals. Sounds fun, right? Zorbing is hugely popular right now, and is available to do all around the world, however, here are four of our top places:

ZORB- Rotorua, New Zealand; Go Zorbing London- London, England; ZORB- Smoky Mountains, Tennessee; ZORB Dreamworld Theme Park- Queensland, Australia

 

#4 Mountain Biking

One of the classic adrenaline sports, mountain biking is fun for all the family. Combine this with breath-taking views and gorgeous scenery and you have the perfect combination for a fun holiday activity. We've rounded up 5 top places you and your family can go mountain biking this year:

Morzine, France; Whistler, Canada; Park City, Utah; Rotorua, New Zealand; Finale Ligure, Italy

#5 Caving

Take your sense of adventure to the next level by exploring some of the world's most beautiful subterranean cave systems. From the mystical glowing caves in New Zealand to the longest cave system in the world in Kentucky, USA- this activity is guaranteed fun for all the family. Below we have found 5 of the most breath-taking caves in the world:

Waitomo Glowworm Caves- Waihato, New Zealand; Bartan Creek Cave- Belize, Caribbean; Harrison's Cave- Barbados; Cango Caves- Outdshoorn, South Africa; Mammoth Cave- Kentucky, USA

 

#6 Shark Diving

Thrilling, exhilarating, yet probably not one for the faint-hearted, shark cage diving is considered to be one of the most adventurous activities one can take part in. For those brave enough, the chance to see these remarkable animals up close is a once in a lifetime experience that is sure guaranteed to impress your friends and family. Below are the top four places to see these beautiful ocean hunters.

The 'Great White Shark Capital' Gansbaai, South Africa; Guadalupe Island, Mexico; Tiger Beach- Bahamas; Neptune Islands- South Australia

 

#7 Skiing

There can be adventure to be found in any weather, and there is no better activity for the snowy weather than skiing. Whether you're an expert or a novice, skiing is always a sure way of getting that thrill, and fun for all the family. We've compiled a list of the 5 best skiing destinations and links to houses in the area:

Family friendly Chamonix, France; Whistler, Canada; Bansko, Bulgaria; Aspen, Colorado, USA; Zermatt, Switzerland

#8 Bungee Jumping

Perhaps one of the most surreal and exhilarating experiences you can do, bungee jumping is one of the best activities for any thrill-seeker. There are some spectacular jumps around the world, and here is our top 5:

Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown, New Zealand; Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland; Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma, South Africa; The Last Resort, Tatopani, Nepal; Extremo Park, Montverde, Costa Rica

 

#9 Bridge Climbing

What better way to view world famous landmarks than to climb up them? Probably not the best activity for acrophobics, bridge climbing is sure to thrill with spectacular, unparalleled views of the world's most famous cities. Below are our top 5 bridge climbs from around the globe:

Sydney Harbour Bridge- Sydney, Australia; Tower Bridge- London, England; Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand; Akashi Kaikyo Bridge- Honshu, Japan; Brisbane Story Bridge Climb- Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 

#10 Surfing

Take full advantage of the beach and catch a wave. Whether you're completely new to it, or already an expert, surfing is a great activity for all ages. Below we've gathered 5 of the best beaches for those killer waves, so grab a board, because surfs up!

Bondi Beach, Australia; Kuta Beach, Bali; Santa Cruz, California; Oahu North Shore, Hawaii; Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

 

 

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