8 travel adventures for (wannabe) thrillseekers
By Kim Sterenborg - July 18, 2019
As the name implies, you need to be in an area with quite some sand to do sandboarding. So either think of dunes or a desert area, like the Atlantis Dunes in Africa or the desert near Huacachina in Peru. With sandboarding, you slide down or across a sand dune. The pros do that standing up, first timers will opt for sitting or lying down on the board. There’s skill in sandboarding. There’s even international competitions for it. But as a touristy activity, it’s fairly simple. You get taken to the top of a sand dune, get asked to lie down and push yourself over the edge and then hold on for dear life. If you’re a screamer, definitely take something to cover your mouth to prevent you from eating sand.
Volcano boarding is not for the faint-hearted. You can compare it to sandboarding actually, but a little bit more risky as falling means you fall into ashes and tiny rocks instead of sand. One of the places to do it, is at the Cerro Negro volcano near León in Nicaragua. You carry your board, similar to a snowboard, up the volcano for about an hour. Make sure you wear sunscreen as they take you up the volcano when the sun is still very strong.
At the top, you change into an orange overall as if you are ready to go to jail, put on your goggles and start questioning why this seemed like a good idea. The volcano is basically a huge pile of ash and tiny rocks. There’s no track and while you’re told that you can steer by placing your left or right foot out, in the heat of the moment (the experience lasts up to a minute) you have no clue what you’re doing. The flatter you lay on your back, the faster you go. Some people go as fast as 95 km/h. Don’t forget to keep your mouth shut because swallowing ashes is nobody’s taste.
Hot Air Balloning
White Water Rafting
Go-Carting in The City
Hope all you adrenaline junkies out there can now add some more pulse-quickening activities to your bucket list!
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Kim is a travel blogger from The Netherlands. She loves to travel slowly, to really get to know a place. Kim often travels solo and every now and then, she takes an alpaca out for a walk or cries her eyes out when her fear of heights kicks in. Follow her on her trips on her travel blog Kim op Reis (in Dutch) and on Instagram.