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Something about travelling just unleashes the crazy person in us. Probably the unbounded freedom removing inhibitions, the lack of normal routine contributing to lack of normal behaviour. Anyway, enough of the armchair psychology, all that matters is that on your gap year you’ll be much more prone to trying out extreme and adrenaline fuelled activities.

These could range between skydiving, bungee jumping, surfing, skiing, sand-boarding, snowboarding, jet-boating, white water rafting, scuba diving and more. People are remarkably inventive when it comes to finding fun ways to get the heart pumping, so before you even finished this sentence there will be some other new way to get a natural high.

The articles in this section are all about exactly those kinds of activities. Even if you can never see yourself leaping from a plane, or being swallowed by massive waves, you should have a look anyway – you may just surprise yourself when you’re actually on your gap year.

Cliff Jumping and Hiking in Hawaii

Hawaii was made for adventure, as shown in this article which is all about launching yourself off cliffs and dragging yourself up mountains. Both get the heart going, both are amazing.

Skiing and Snowboarding in New Zealand

Skiing and snowboarding is easy in New Zealand, and whether your're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our guide will help you plan your ultimate winter adventure.

Places to Hot Air Balloon on Your Gap Year

With the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta fast approaching we've been looking at the most epic locations around the world to take a hot air balloon ride on your gap year.

My Week at a Moroccan Surf Retreat

Rebecca went to Morocco to spend a week at a surf camp. It sounds pretty awesome, and definitely a holiday with a difference! Have a read and see if you fancy it too.

Cycling the South Downs Way

This 100-mile trail meanders through some of the loveliest scenery in the UK, and covering it on a bike is an awesome way to spend a weekend.

Caving, Abseiling and Black Water Rafting in New Zealand

The Waitomo Caves in New Zealand are filled with glowworms, action, adventure, and for a few hours every day, crazy backpackers traversing the terrain and climbing waterfalls.

Exploring New Zealand in a Week with Kiwi Experience

Gapyear.com travelled around the North Island to check out the Kiwi Experience. Here's what you can expect if you ride the legendary hop on hop off bus.

What Does it Feel Like to Skydive From 15,000ft?

Skydiving in New Zealand tops a whole lot of bucket lists. Our Vicky did one from the highest height possible over Lake Taupo, this is what it felt like, complete with video...

Top Ten Reasons to Hit the Slopes on Your Gap Year

Working the slopes on your gap year is a great way to spend your time no matter how long you're out there for, here's Francesca to break down exactly why...

Going Canyoning in Dalat

Deciding to go canyoning in Dalat in Vietnam definitely isn't for the faint of heart. Check out Sam's story of shaky legs overcome by courage, and the potential family shame.

10 Activities in New Zealand for Adrenaline Junkies

Ari from beyondblighty.com takes us through her #scaredbritless adventures - if these activities don't get your adrenaline pumping, nothing will.

Enjoying a Tiger Moth Joy Ride on the Gold Coast

There was one point where our Macca definitely thought he was going to die, which is probably exactly what you want from an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.

8 Gnarliest Surf Spots in Great Britain

It's not only the likes of Australia and California that can boast top surfing spots y'know. Don your wetsuit and check out the breaks Britain has to offer.

Shredding the Slopes in Canada

Josh Taylor took a working holiday in Canada on his gap year. He tells us all about shredding the slopes, hitting the pow pow and what he got up to every day.

Skydiving in New Zealand

Skydiving is one of the safest and most amazing adrenaline activities you can experience on your gap year. But where can you do it? Is it for you?

Skiing in Argentina

Lulu took a BASI ski instructor course with Peak Leaders in Argentina and it was one of the best experiences in life. Here she explains why...

Running a Marathon Up Everest

By pure coincidence, myself and my VentureCo group Himalaya 22 found ourselves at Everest Base Camp three days before the Tenzing Hilllary Everest Base Camp Marathon was due to start. One of our porters had decide he wanted to enter it having run it last year and I casually asked if I could do it too, not really expecting anything to come of it.

Scuba Diving on a Gap Year

Scuba diving is as close as most of us will get to being in an alien environment. Swimming next to a sea turtle, 20 meters under the surface of the sea, breathing comfortably, can certainly be quite a bizarre experience! With a bit of guidance however, all should be able to savour this unique experience.

Sand-Boarding in Peru

After hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu and in and out of the Colca Canyon in the space of a week I was more than ready to see what else Peru had to offer. Hiking was out, R and R in the sun and the sand were definitely in. Here the sole activities consisted of sunbathing and more intriguingly, sandboarding.