For most, vacations are all about relaxing and getting rid of all the stress that life has so graciously provided. Vacations are about lying in the sun, discovering a whole new city, or maybe even taking a quick break from life close to your own home. But for others, vacations are about pushing themselves to the limits and finding things out about themselves that they never knew existed. Luckily for these thrill seekers, there are places all around the world where they can test themselves in fun and unexpected ways. Whether you prefer bungee jumping into an active volcano or taking a drive down a road that has claimed hundreds of lives, there is something for everyone to get their adrenaline pumping. So for you thrill seekers or thrill seeker enthusiasts out there, here is a list of ten tourist attractions that will get your blood pumping. But remember to choose carefully, because it might just cost you your life.
10 Death Road, Bolivia
If The North Yungas Road doesn't ring a bell, that’s probably because you know it better by its nickname, death road. This famous stretch is a 43-mile long road that runs from La Paz till Coroico. What makes it so incredibly deadly, is the fact that it’s only ten feet wide. The infamous road gained its nickname after claiming hundreds of lives. An estimated 300 people lose their lives to this deadly road each year. So if you’re thinking of making the treacherous trip on Death Road, just don’t look down. If you make one wrong move, you could be plummeting 1,967ft to your death.
9 Volcano Helicopter Tours, Hawaii
Hawaii is known for it’s breathtaking views, one of kind beaches and its overall relaxing atmosphere. That is, unless you’re taking a helicopter tour over an active volcano. Hawaii has a grand total of three active volcanoes, and for a pretty penny, you can take a once in a lifetime helicopter tour over one of the three. So, what exactly makes this tour so dangerous? Maybe it’s the fact that if the volcano decides to spew up some lava, you could get caught in the crossfire. Which is exactly the way that thirty unfortunate souls lost their lives.
8 Mont Blanc, France and Italy
Mont Blanc offers the perfect view of both France and Italy. At a height of 15,781 feet, it is the highest mountain in the European Union, but it is also one of the deadliest. Every year, Mont Blanc claims the lives of about one hundred people. Climbing can always create dangerous situations, but in the case of Mont Blanc, the number of inexperienced climbers that try to make their way to the top of the mountain, is what causes the deaths of so many. So if you decide to make the journey up this treacherous mountain, beware, it could turn into your eternal resting place.
7 New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Lounging in the sun and taking a quick dip in the ocean sounds pretty relaxing, right? Well, if you’re taking your dip at New Smyrna beach, you couldn't be farther from the truth. That’s because New Smyrna beach has the highest amount of shark attacks per square mile of any other beach in the world. Over the past thirty years, there has been a record number of 210 shark attacks at New Smyrna beach. Some even speculate that if you take a dip in its deadly waters, you are putting yourself within ten ft of a shark.
6 Huashan plank path walk, China
The Huashan plank path walk is a 7,087 feet ‘path’ on the Haushan Mountain. The path isn’t really a path, it’s more like a bunch of rickety 12 inch boards that separate you from certain death. The only way to make it across this deadly attraction, is to buy a harness to keep yourself strapped to the cliff. But at thousands of feet above the ground, anything can happen, and willing yourself to keep going while listening to the sound of rocks falling to the ground is easier said than done. However, if you manage to make it to the end of your journey, you get to sip tea with some monks, so that’s a plus.
5 Chernobyl Tours
Chernobyl isn’t really dangerous to visit since the radiation levels have been reduced to a safe level, but it’s still worth mentioning. Chernobyl became famous when a nuclear power plant exploded in 1968, sending a cloud of radiation over the doomed city. Today, the town is a ghost town that features, crumbling schools and apartments, forgotten toys and a symbolic Ferris wheel. If you stick to the path provided for tourists, there is no imminent danger, but that doesn't mean that a trip to Chernobyl won’t change you inside and out. Chernobyl serves as a standing reminder as to what could happen in the event of a nuclear catastrophe.
4 Mount Everest
Mount Everest provides some of the most breathtaking views known to man. But with its beauty, also comes danger. No one should attempt the treacherous climb up Mount Everest unless they are an experienced, well-trained climber. Although, even experienced climbers can run into problems. The weather at Mount Everest is unpredictable and is often deadly. Even the climb to the first overnight base camp will reveal a trail of frozen dead bodies. However, if you’re lucky enough to make it to the top of Mount Everest, the view is to die for.
3 Villarrica Volcano, Chile
This is an activity made for the true thrill seekers. For a measly $10,000 you can bungee jump from a helicopter into Chile’s active volcano. This crazy activity combines all sorts of fears into one awesome adventure. As you jump from the helicopter, you will come just 600 feet from the scorching lava pools below. Even though this may seem like a fair amount of distance away, one mishap can send you up in flames.
2 Swimming with Jellyfish
If you think that the deadliest predator in Australia is a shark or a snake, you’re dead wrong. The deadliest predator you can find in Australia is actually a jellyfish. In fact, jellyfish have killed more people in Australia than all of its other deadly animals combined. So if you want to do something crazy in Australia, why not swim with the jellyfish? Jellyfish Lake provides a place where tourists can swim with over a million jellyfish without having to be too afraid, because the jellyfish in this particular area have lost their stingers. Even though there is no imminent danger when swimming with these particular jellyfish, it’s still certain to get the adrenaline pumping and provide you with some incredible views.
1 Mount Cook, New Zealand
Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching over 12,218 feet. It is a favorite among climbers because of the spectacular views that it offers. However, the climb to the top of Mount Cook is quite dangerous. The mountain is prone to drastic weather changes and avalanches. Many professional climbers have lost their lives climbing Mount Cook’s treacherous peaks. However, if you do manage to make it to the top of Mount Cook, the view is supposedly incredible.