Best Extreme Sports in the World
Millions of people out there practice so many forms of tourism. Whether we’re talking about cultural tourists, religious, leisure, or educational, each has its appeal to a certain category of individuals.
In this article, we’re focusing on sports tourism and the various opportunities out there to combine visiting new places with your love for sports.
Check out our guide to the world’s best sports trips to take and pick your next destination. From adrenaline-fueled adventures to iconic sporting events, there's a world of possibilities for sports fans to explore.
1. Skiing in Whistler
If you’re all about winter sports and you want the best experience, Whistler is a destination you should put on your shortlist. Situated in Canada, the ski resort is one of the best in the world. You can enjoy over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain spread across two connected mountains.
There are plenty of slopes for every experience level, so you don’t have to worry if you’re not a professional. The restaurants, apres-skis, and all the amenities are world-class too so you can have a great time all-around.
2. Participate in the Great Wall Marathon in China
If you’re passionate about running, there’s nothing more iconic that participating in the Great Wall Marathon. It’s one of the most challenging marathons in the world and has a special meaning as well. You can combine breathtaking views and test your stamina over numerous steps, climbs, or steep descents.
Perfect for a runner that is looking for a unique experience, this pretty much sums everything up. Unfortunately, the 2023 event was supposed to take place in September but has been canceled. But you can already book your tickets and start training for the 2024 edition that is scheduled for the 18th of May.
3. Surfing in Bali
Looking to go surfing? Looking for a paradise destination? There are so many amazing surfing destinations, but Bali is one of the best with stunning beaches and amazing waves. No matter if you’re just trying out surfing or you already have lots of experience, you’ll find a spot for every experience level here.
The best period for surfing in Bali is between May and September, with the waves at their peak. Choose the beach according to your experience level, and make sure not to miss the amazing nature all across the country.
4. Hiking in Chile - Torres del Paine National Park
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, hiking in Torres del Paine National Park should be on your bucket list. The park is located in the Patagonian region of Chile and is known for its rugged landscapes, glaciers, and turquoise lakes. There are several hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to challenging. The W Trek is the most popular, taking hikers through some of the park's most spectacular scenery.
5. Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef - Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, and it's home to an incredible array of marine life. Scuba diving is the best way to explore the reef, with colorful fish, turtles, and sharks to discover. The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is between June and October when the water is clear and calm.
6. Skydiving - Worldwide
Is there anything more thrilling than skydiving? We struggle to think of anything. The thrill of jumping out of a plane at 10,000ft is hard to match and once you've experienced this rush you'll want to do it again and again.
There are lots of places all over the world to give it a go, from Dubai, Australia to Florida. Only for the very brave.
7. Whitewater rafting - Victoria Falls
Whitewater rafting is extreme and ideal for people who don't have a fear of water. There are few better destinations to give it ago than at on the majestic Zambezi River below Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Other top rated world locations include San Gil, Colombia and the Sun Kosi River in Nepal.
8. Bungee Jumping - New Zealand
New Zealand entrepreneur AJ Hackett inspired the bungee jumping revolution, which involves jumping from a huge height via an extendable role.
Bungee jumping has now gone global and you can try it in most countries. Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand is regarded as the adventure capital of the world with huge bungee drops of (43m/141ft).
9. Heli-skiing or boarding - North America
Heli-skiing is one of the most dangerous and risky sports, where you will be guided via helicopter and dropped onto off the beaten track snowy terrain.
This is only for the most advanced skier or snowboarder, its so risky its banned in most European destinations. Alaska and New Zealand are two destinations you can give it a go.
10. Kitesurfing - Worldwide
Kitesurfing is one of the most healthy and thrilling watersports on the planet, a mix of wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing and paragliding.
Top places to give kitesurfing a try include Egypt, Hawaii and the UK.
Of course there are tons more amazing adventures to be had around the globe, including zip-lining, sorbing and volcano boarding - just to name a few. Hopefully our article has given you some inspiration for your next trip.
About the Author
David Todva has extensive experience as a writer within the sports industry, having worked in the field for numerous years. As a native of Russia, David possesses a distinctive perspective on Eastern European sports that he frequently covers for various media outlets.