11. Ride the world’s steepest roller coaster, Japan
The world’s steepest steel roller coaster opened at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Tamanash, Japan this year.
On top of a free fall of 121 degrees, you will fight the G-forces through seven twists and a drop of 43 meters. The near-vertical free fall is the 14th Guinness World Record set by Fuji-Q, one of the leading amusement parks in the world for thrill seekers.
www.fujiq.jp; +81 0555 23 2111; US$13
12. Go Zorbing, worldwide
Yes it looks and feels faintly ridiculous, but there’s nothing like tumbling around in a giant inflatable ball to bring out the child in you. Whether you do it wet or dry, alone or in a group, you can be sure you’ll end up screaming and laughing to the last roll.
And it’s simple: get to the top of the hill, crawl into the giant inflatable orb and off you go. Your only regret will be not having room for one in your back yard.
www.zorb.com; +64 9 306 8070; around US$40 per person.
13. Go water buffalo racing, Indonesia
Balancing on small, wooden chariots while wading through shin-deep wet rice fields, racers have to control both their own nerves and not one but two charging bullocks.
You won’t be able to compete, but just watching these animals careering almost out of control through mud and water will got your blood pumping. The water buffalo races are held every year in Negara Town, Bali in October.
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14. Run with the bulls, Spain
This one might be a bucket-list cliché, but there is no adrenaline rush quite like the fear of being gored in the back and trampled by one of the world’s most powerful land mammals.
The biggest Running of the Bulls event occurs during the nine-day festival in San Fermin Festival (July 6-14) in Pamplona, Spain. Fifteen bulls charge through the streets of the old city, to be herded from off-site pens into the bull ring.
If you get cold feet, they run for seven consecutive mornings so you won’t miss your chance. Do take extra care though — 15 people have died since 1924.
www.pamplona-spain.com; ＋34 1 888 825 4720
15. Take part in an Office Chair Race, Germany
Sitting in the same old office chair day after day can be so dull. Why not kit it out with crazy add-ons and race it down the road?
The Office Chair Racing Championship in the German resort town of Bad Koening sees more than 50 participants race downhill over jump ramps. The latest winner, Luxembourger Pierre Feller, completed the 200-meter course in 26.95 seconds, reaching speeds of up to 35 kilometers per hour.
16. Kayak over a waterfall, United States
Floating down a river isn’t always an exercise in blissful stress reduction. Taking on the waterfalls of the Palouse region of eastern Washington State and northern Idaho is proving an irresistible sport for young gun pro kayakers.
Tyler Bradt, who clinched a 3.7-second free fall over the 57-meter (that’s higher than Niagara Falls) Palouse Falls in eastern Washington in 2009, said “the motivating factor for all of this was just that I thought it was possible.”
A video of Tyler Bradt’s adventure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNXh9gXDd2Y
www.parks.wa.gov; ＋1 360 902 8844
17. Take a motorcycle cab ride, Thailand
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is some ordinary cab ride. Commuting on two wheels in Thailand is an adventure.
In places like Krabi and Bangkok, tourists and locals alike often enjoy the thrill of snaking through crowded streets at high speed, inches away from buses on either side.
Also on CNNGo: World’s 10 greatest taxis
18. Run (or limp) the Marathon des Sables, Morocco
Six days, 50 C, 254 kilometers — just some of the reasons this ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert in Morocco is known as the world’s toughest foot race.
This isn’t one to go into unprepared. Competitors must carry all their own equipment and even experienced runners train for years for the race. In 2007, two competitors died on the way.
The race for 2012 is now accepting applications.
www.darbaroud.com; +1 208 787 2077; US$4,472
19. Ride around the Nurburgring, Germany
BMW “Ring Taxis” are available from April to October, during which you can be driven around a race track in a BMW M3 by a professional driver.
The rides take place in the Nordschleife, one of the two race tracks in Nurburgring. It was given the name “Green Hell” by Formula 1 racer Jackie Stewart.
Ring taxis get booked up a year in advance, but you can keep an eye out for any cancelled tickets as April approaches.
www.nuerburgring.de; +49 2691 302 9777; US$277
20. Go hot air ballooning, Turkey
It’s one of the oldest, and finest, ways to see the world. Enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Cappadocia while you float silently in clear skies above the region’s villages.
Be sure to wave to your fellow hot air ballooning enthusiasts and get ready for the bubbly Champagne toast ahead of an enjoyable ride.
www.hotairballooncappadocia.com; ＋90 533 768 3409; US$213
Originally posted 2012-03-02 14:09:52.