Want to put your adventurous side to the test? Here are the crazy bucket list ideas for adrenaline junkies that will inspire you.
In my quest to travel the world and discover popular destinations, hidden gems, small towns, villages and participate in adventurous activities, it’s not surprising that my bucket list keeps growing every single day.
Every day I find new things to put on a bucket list and new adventurous activities that I want to do.
In fact, if it was up to me and if only it was a perfect world, I would tick one bucket list idea off my travel bucket list every single day.
But since that is quite impossible (for now), all I can do is dream, hope, and work towards achieving those travel goals.
Some of the adventurous bucket list ideas listed here scare me and others excite me like nothing else.
So to keep track of my fun bucket list ideas and the adventurous things I want to do, I am writing them down (with the focus on the top 10 currently) in hopes that they will inspire you or even help you create your own adventure bucket list.
Note: I’ve not done any of these adventurous activities and I just long for that golden moment when I will get to do them.
However, even though there are so many items on my bucket list, this post is only about the adrenaline activities that make my stomach boil when I imagine myself doing them but at the same time make me feel like I’ve conquered something adventurous.
Literally, bucket list activities that would send me over the edge right before doing them but also bring me so much joy and memories afterward.
Well, let’s dive into the unique bucket list ideas plus the adrenaline rush activities before these goosebumps hinder me from actually writing the post.
My Crazy bucket list ideas
1. Cage diving with the Great white shark in South Africa
Wait what!! Did I just say that I want to dive with sharks while in a cage? What the crazy ….!!! Clearly, I must be insane to even consider it as one of my top bucket list items.
But thinking about it more is making me want to tick it off my crazy bucket list.
Imagine going deep underwater while caged and in close proximity to the most dangerous underwater species!!
Part of me is super scared of it but the crazy part of me that tells me how cool it would be to swim with a shark and see it with my own eyes just a few meters away makes me want to do it Asap.
Since it is one of the best adventure activities in the world, I will just keep it on my bucket list for now even if it makes my stomach boil a bit.
2. Paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey is One of my Crazy bucket list Ideas
One of the bucket list activities I want to do is go Paragliding. The idea of floating in the sky while admiring the world and mother nature in a birds’ eye is a dream.
Oh, of course, I can’t do it alone. I don’t have the courage and expertise to do it on my own but it would be cool to have a pro trainer do it with me so that I feel absolutely “safe”.
The photos that I’ve seen make me want to pack my bags and go to Oludeniz in Turkey right now to see the beautiful turquoise waters and long beaches from above while having a rush of a lifetime.
3. Diving in the deep blue waters of Thailand or the Blue Hole in Belize
So my very first attempt to even come close to diving was when I went snorkeling in the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.
I know it doesn’t even come close but if you know me personally, then you know that I am scared of deep waters.
And if you’re wondering if that snorkeling adventure went well, it didn’t LOL. I was a disaster “screaming” for help instead of enjoying the underwater species like everyone else.
But I still tell people that I snorkeled in the blue hole. Sshhh!! Don’t tell them that I didn’t have the best experience because I was terrified by the sinkhole.
But hey, I am not a quitter and this time around I want to push myself even further by going diving (either in Thailand or Belize, still deciding).
Of course, this time around I will try to be more prepared by taking a couple of lessons before hitting the sea.
But the thrill of diving deep into the ends of the sea not only makes me shake but also excites me.
I don’t want to just discover the highest points of the world (mountains) but also reach the deepest of the oceans.
So Blue hole in Belize and the countless diving spots in Thailand, I am prepping for you and perhaps one day I will have the guts to carry my mask, fins, the oxygen can on my back, adorn the diving suit, and conquer one of the adrenaline bucket list ideas I’ve had for so long.
4. Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
One of my dreamiest bucket list things to do is to go Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey.
This place is incredibly beautiful even if it’s just taking in the views of the town from the different hills or meandering through the cave hotels – but riding in a hot air balloon is the dreamiest of all.
From seeing the fairy chimneys perch through Cappadocia’s sky to watching other balloons floating in the air, it can never get any better than this.
And no, Instagram doesn’t make it easy for us the dreamers. Seeing all those amazing sunset/sunrise photos from the Sultan Ahmed hotel makes all travelers including myself want to flock to Cappadocia immediately.
Related post: Bucket list things to do in Istanbul at night
5. Skydiving is one of the crazy adventure ideas to try
Ok, this is where I feel like I am pushing my limits to the extreme. Whom am I kidding!! I mean I get freaked out when we hit turbulence while flying and now I want to jump out of the plane?
Whoah!! I am truly crazy! But even with those facts, I still want to skydive at least once in my life.
If I am being honest, it’s just to tick it off my bucket list but I hope I don’t pee on myself while doing so.
I mean the idea of flying in space like a bird really scares me but it also makes me feel like I’ll be on top of the world, feeling the cool breeze as I admire nature’s most beautiful landscapes.
So if you’re looking for crazy and adventurous things to put on your bucket list, then skydiving is one of the craziest things to do.
6. Climbing Mt. Everest in Nepal; This is one of the extreme bucket list ideas
I’ve heard and read that climbing Mt. Everest is one of the most challenging hikes in the world.
In fact, many people give up on the way, and apparently, some people have got long life injuries and others died ( don’t hold me over this, I also just read about it).
But even with all that, I want to experience it myself. I want to ”brag” about the fact that I climbed the highest mountain in the world! I mean it’s one of those crazy bucket list ideas that are worth bragging about.
Even though it’s not for the faint-hearted, I believe it’s one of the bucket list trips of a lifetime that all hikers should brave up for.
7. Bungee jumping at Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa or Anywhere
I am not sure whether I won’t give up right before the jump but I still want to do it.
I mean I almost chickened out right before going for a bridge swing at Victoria falls in Zimbabwe but I finally did it and I am so glad I did, otherwise, I’d be beating myself up to now.
So with that milestone in my bag, I think I can bungee jump without any issues ( just a scared face and a racing heart but I’ll manage).
If I managed the adrenalin-fuelled, 4 seconds free-fall at the Victoria falls bridge while bridge swinging, then I can definitely handle the 5 or so seconds free fall of bungee jumping.
(Don’t mind me, this is me giving myself a pep talk because jumping over a cliff with just ropes holding me freaks the hell out of me but it’s one of my ultimate bucket list ideas and I am not gonna give it up)
But whom am I kidding, bungee jumping is scarier than a bridge swing but am all in – Breathe in, Breathe out and jump!!
8. Dog sledding in Norway
One of the winter sports that I really want to do is dog sledding.
I want to be able to feel the rush of my heart as the dogs drag me around the snow with me probably screaming and holding onto tight like my life depends on it.
One thing that excites me most about dog sledding is how fast the dogs run through the beautiful landscape with a rush of adrenaline through your body.
It’s even more incredible when you go dog sledding and at the same time watch the Northern lights – these are truly some of the best bucket list adventure ideas worth experiencing and I can’t wait for that time.
9. Go for an Edge Walk at the CN Tower in Canada
This is got to be one of the most exhilarating adrenaline junkie bucket list ideas that is only possible for extreme adventure seekers – and since I am one of them (or I would like to think that I am), I clearly want to do it.
Imagine suiting up, harnessing yourself, and taking in the incredible views of the city while defying gravity at the CN Tower! It seems pretty simple but it’s so scary at least for those that are afraid of heights – and that includes me!
To give you an idea of how scary it is, The Edge walk is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge at the top of the CN tower – now I am really scared!!
But even with how scary it sounds, Edge walking is one of those adrenaline junkie activities that I want to do.
10. Swim with the Dolphins in The Bahamas
Well, this might not bring the adrenaline rush to many people but the idea of swimming with Dolphins is incredibly exciting to me.
The calmness that these incredible creatures display while with humans makes me want to cuddle them or at least kiss them on the “chin” (maybe I am just dreaming too much).
I am sure I will do it but if that fails, then I can just sit along the sidelines and watch them fly in the air while splashing water. I bet it’s a cool thing to watch.
Will I actually do these junkie adrenaline activities for real?
I am someone who always freaks out right before an adventurous activity and I am always on the verge of giving up but I never do! I always suck it in and go for it and I’ve never regretted a thing.
So even with me freaking out about all these crazy bucket list ideas while I am writing them, I know that when that opportunity of me doing any of these adrenaline junkie activities presents itself, I will almost chicken out but I will always end up doing them. SO BRING THEM ON!!
More Adrenaline Junkies bucket list ideas
While I’ve listed in detail the first 10 extreme adventure bucket list ideas, there are more fun activities that you should add to your bucket list as an adventurous person. Read on to discover more adventure bucket list ideas.
Please note that some of these bucket list ideas for adrenaline junkies can be risky and require you to be fully experienced! Use common knowledge to judge what you can do and what you can’t!
11. Go surfing
12. Ride a zipline
13. Sleep in an ice hotel
14. Try flyboarding
15. Go fat biking
16. Try indoor skydiving
17. Go Stargazing
18. Do a skinny dip
19. Jump off a cliff
20. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
21. Swim with Pigs
22. Ride an ATV
23. Hike a glacier
24. Go winter camping; this is one of the winter bucket list ideas.
25. Abseil down a waterfall
26. Go white water rafting
27. Fly over Victoria falls in Zimbabwe
28. Climb Sand dunes
29. Learn how to rock climb
30. Try canyoning
31. Watch a live volcanic eruption
32. Climb an active volcano; ofcourse with caution and with professionals
33. Go jet boating
34. Go heli-skiing
35. Visit the Amazon Rainforest
36. Rappel down a waterfall
37. Ride a super-fast roller coaster
38. Boat in an Alligator Swamp
39. Go on an African safari
40. Do a Free Fall Human
41. Try speed skiing
42. Go kayaking
43. Zip line through the jungle
44. Go gorilla trekking in Uganda
45. Try Skijoring
46. Walk on a suspension bridge
47. Sleep in an underwater hotel
48. Go snowboarding
49. Try walking on hot coals
50. Go snowmobiling
51. Try fly fishing
52. Attend a Rodeo
53. Go Go-Karting
54. Ride a camel in the Sahara desert
55. Watch penguins in Antarctica
56. Go Parachute Jumping
57. Go base jumping
58. Go cave spelunking
59. Go sandboarding
60. Try aerial yoga; this is one of the fun things to do for adrenaline junkies.
61. Walk through a dust storm
62. Relax in a natural spring
63. Try SCAD diving
64. Chase a Tornado; this is one of the dangerous bucket list ideas if you’re not a pro.
65. Experience a wingsuit flight
66. Ride a bobsleigh
67. Try wing walking
68. Try volcano surfing
69. Sleep in an Underwater Hotel
70. Ride a Horse Bareback
71. Go Pearl Diving
72. Try Rappelling
73. Sleep in a cabin
74. Camp in the Grand Canyon
75. Dive with manta rays
76. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
78. Participate in a polar bear plunge
79. Try winter swimming
80. See a Coral Reef
81. Swim with Manatees
82. Sleep in a castle; you can sleep in one of these French castles.
83. Swim at the edge of Victoria Falls in the Devils pool
84. Trekk the world’s most dangerous hike; Mount Hua in China
85. Dine in an underwater restaurant
86. Run with the bulls in Spain
87. Swim with sea turtles in Costa Rica
88. search for real-life dinosaur footprints
89. Witness a Solar Eclipse
90. Go Whale Watching
91. Visit all 7 wonders of the world
92. Drive a race car around a Formula One track
93. Take funny photos at the Bolivian Salt Flats
94. Chill with wild orangutans in Malaysia
95. Hike to Machu Picchu in Peru
96. Cycle Death Road in Bolivia
97. Go crocodile cage diving; probably the craziest bucket list idea for adrenaline junkies on this list.
98. Visit a ghost town
99. Go snowmobiling
100. Float in the Dead Sea
101. Visit a haunted house
102. Cruise on River Nile
103. Swim with humpback whales
104. Hike the Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii
105. Visit all 7 continents
106. Visit Heaven’s Gate Mountain
107. Try Highlining
108. Walk on the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Portugal
109. Swing on the world’s biggest swing in New Zealand
110. Go Trail running
111. Go camping; you can check out the different types of camping.
112. Go on a wreck diving adventure
113. Ride a bobsleigh
114. Ride a mechanical bull
115. Ride a gondola in Venice
116. Run a marathon
117. Attend Carnival in Brazil
118. Fly on a Trapeze
119. Fly in a Private Jet
120. Sleep in a Teepee
121. Visit the Galapagos Islands
122. Ride the Tour de France route; this is one of the things France is famous for.
123. Go Clam Digging
124. Swim in a Cenote
125. Watch an Eclipse
126. Visit Chernobyl
127. Go to space; this is one of the crazy ideas for a bucket list.
Final Thoughts of the Crazy Bucket List Ideas For Adrenaline Junkies
There you have it, fellow adrenaline junkies. Those were some of the bucket list examples and my bucket list things to do and I hope they inspire you to create your own bucket list.
Do you have any of these activities on your own bucket list? Share your unique bucket list ideas in the comment section and you might just inspire me to add them to my bucket list.
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