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.
Nicaragua isn't high on a lot of backpacker lists, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored. Here are 5 things in Nicaragua you definitely shouldn't miss out on.
With its abundance of theme parks, amazing natural scenery and seafront location, you’ll find adventure activities at every turn on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The beautiful world beneath the waves of the Red Sea is a bustling metropolis of marine life. Take a sneak peek through a scuba diver's lens into this vibrant aquatic landscape.
Nothing compares to the absurdly terrifying and absolutely exhilarating experience that is a bungee jump. To step off that platform is to win and lose a battle at the same time.
Did you know you can go skiing in Japan? You can! And it's awesome! This guide has everything you need to know about taking advantage of the fine, tubular Asian powder.
After 14 years of school, A-Levels and University, Lawrence knew that he wanted to go on a gap year, and there are few better ways to spend it than scuba diving in Madagascar.
Canada is king when it comes to snow and skiing, but there's a whole bunch of other fantastic reasons you should visit, whether it's sunny out or snowing like crazy.
Sandboarding, for the uninitiated, takes two forms. You can either stand strapped to a snowboard, or lie on a piece of plywood and go down head first. Either are amazing fun.
That rush at the bottom of your stomach, the one you only get when you do something that defies your instincts, is addictive. New Zealand is the best country to feed that addiction.
A gap year just wouldn't be complete without throwing in a few death defying excursions to make it that much more memorable. Here is a list of the most outrageous activities around the world.
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 is easy in New Zealand, and whether your're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our guide will help you plan your ultimate winter adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.