Monday January 16, 2017
Do you see yourself as an adrenaline junkie or perhaps wanting to take on a challenge? Now is the year to conquer your fears and see the world in a new light. We have listed the top activities to get involved with this year, which are achievable, adventurous and fun!
For many of us, this sport brings a series of foreboding questions to mind, one may be, ‘What if the parachute fails?’. YouTube videos and the Bridget Jones in the Edge of Reason Movie may have put the fear of skydiving into your mind, however, as statistics suggest the risk of injury from skydiving is extremely low.
Tandem skydiving is where you are attached to an experienced skydiver who deals with the more technical aspects of the jump on a daily basis. This can include timing exactly when to jump and when to pull up the parachute and so on. For you, the most daunting challenge will be to do the ‘jump’ from the plane.
It is important to listen carefully to what your instructors tell you before the jump, yes they are there to pull and steer the parachute, but there are positions that you need to have your body in when in the air.
For Tandem Skydiving, Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island is the perfect spot. Book with NZONE Skydive and you will begin your fall from 15,000ft in the air. The views will be a perfect motivation for you to take the plunge and you won’t regret it. The freefall is something that also puts travellers off from skydiving, but the freefall is literally you floating in the air and it’s over before you know it.
If you do head to Queenstown, you should definitely consider taking our Trek Sensitive DEET-free spray for bite prevention from sandflies. Sandflies are too often unmentioned to tourists here by travel guides, and their bites can be extremely painful and irritating. Our Trek Sensitive spray contains 20% Saltidin® which has been micro-encapsulated to provide all day protection. This fantastic DEET-free spray is also sweat and splash resistant.
Located in Rishikesh, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, you can participate in one of the most feared activities, the bungee jump. This is the highest bungee in India, so if you’re going to do it, you might as well go for the most challenging. The total jump is 83 metres and you also have the option to be dunked into the Hyul river. Safety procedures at this site are extremely rigorous, meaning they are to a similar high safety standard as those of bungee jump operators in Australia and New Zealand.
The city of Rishikesh itself is located at the foot of the Himalayan Hills adjacent to the famous Ganges river, considered to be one of the most holy sites in India. Mosquitoes are known to breed in areas where there is stagnant water and we would recommend you take our maximum strength DEET spray Trek 50. This insect repellent will protect you for up to 6 hours and remember to reapply after being in water.
In India clean water sources may not always be available, therefore it is a good idea to pack one of our effective Biox Aqua water treatment products, to ensure you are drinking clean water. Biox Aqua kills germs and bacteria in river water and is available in liquid drops or tablets. It is important to follow the instructions provided on the packaging, which are there to instruct you on usage quantities and correct filtering. You may also wish to visit our ‘How to Guide’ on water treatment.
Of course tackling these plummeting yet rewarding activities this year might be a bit too soon for some. Why not try parasailing or rent some quad bikes and take a guided tour? The options for activities to get your adrenalin pumping are endless.