16 November 2015
What kind of a holiday person are you? A sit back and relax kind? Or a sit up and explore kind?
If you're the former, you'll have no trouble finding an endless parade of beaches, beauty spas and blissfully comfortable loungers to enjoy this summer. If you're the latter however, it might be difficult to find the spine-tingling adrenaline-charging adventures you're looking for - and when you do, price may be a factor as well.
Of course, if you're a GiantLottos.com lottery winner, you'll have no trouble jetting off to experience the world's most exhilarating activities, and no trouble affording them too. That’s why this summer instead of lazing on a beach somewhere, you could be enjoying one of these action-packed pursuits instead:
Ok, hiking may not seem that extreme - but when you're making your way through Slovenia's Julian Alps, it's certainly a beautiful way to spend your time outdoors, with villages, castles, meadows, lakes and mountains in ample supply.
If you're a history buff, you'll enjoy immersing yourself in a region made famous by World War II battles and by Ernest Hemingway as well, rumored as it is to be the spot in which he penned his world-renowned "A Farewell to Arms". For beauty, history and outdoor adventure that's not too taxing on the cardiovascular system, it seems that the Julian Alps take the number one spot!
Kicking up the adrenaline factor is white water rafting, and not just anywhere - through Colorado's famed Grand Canyon. Take a trip down the winding Colorado River through one of nature's greatest sights, and enjoy a rafting experience with a difference.
With both smooth water and rapids to navigate, you won't have time to be bored, although you will need to make time to book your excursion in advance, as Grand Canyon rafting is a popular pastime amongst adrenaline junkies the world over. And whatever you do, don't forget your life jacket!
From North America to South Africa, if you're a lover of surfing, then Jeffrey's Bay is where you need to be - an area widely thought to be one of the world's best for the sport. It seems the professionals agree, as with not one but five ideal spots for surfing, the area is a favourite for both local and international surfing competitions. If you think you've got what it takes to surf J-Bay's famous swell, then the waves are waiting - zip up your wetsuit, paddle out and enjoy!
Who would have thought - it turns out that New Zealand is famous for more than being the location of Middle Earth; it's known for its adventure sports as well! That is, if you take a trip to Gravity Canyon and move through the air with Flying Fox - a 1,200 yard zipline reaching speeds of up to 100mph.
Even more thrilling is the fact that you'll be strapped in face down, lying on your stomach, giving you the perfect Superman flying position. You may not have time to think about that though, as you'll more than likely be too busy taking in the breathtaking sights of the canyon, the riverbed below, the surrounding greenery and all the beauty of Mother Nature.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's pure exhilaration at its best!