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Best Travel Adventures of All Time


I have a thing with Jumpshots. I love that split seconds of happiness of being up in the air. Maybe that's the root cause of my thirst for flying. A taste of floating in the sky. It's a blissful experience for me to be up there, so when I had the chance to ride different vessels of flying I just have to say and go with it. Theses are my Top 10 Extreme Adventures of all time. Let's go!


1.Biplane Tour in Ottawa, Canada

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." -Benjamin Disraeli

My most recent experience flying high was last April 2018. I went with my friends to Ottawa and booked a biplane ride - a World War II plane that flies you back in time. There were just three of us so I had to flew twice, not that I mind. The first time around was soo exciting; especially when I felt the wind rush, making my stomach turn. On my second ride, I was more relaxed and enjoyed the view more. It's nice to be up there with the wind, the sky and the clouds. Maybe on my second life, I can be an eagle soaring high and just enjoying my time. 


2.Helicopter Ride in Toronto, Canada

I did my first Helicopter ride in Canada with my partner. We purchased a Groupon voucher for this ride (link in the sidebar/footer for more cheap deals). It was actually a relaxing ride for me, not much adrenaline, but more amazeballs moments.

Flying in a box-like compartment with two blades swirling around on top was something new to me. I wasn't shouting, screaming or anything that I usually do on my adventures. It was a different feeling and I liked the few minutes of serenity it gave me. We got to fly around a frozen lake, some snow covered houses and even saw the sunset on the horizon. It was a beautiful sight as the sky change its color, and having to see it from up above made it more special. 


3.Skydiving in Cebu, Philippines

This is by far the most exhilarating thing I've ever done in my whole existence. Skydiving is an extreme sport of jumping off a plane, free falling for a few seconds then pulling a parachute to land on safe ground. I didn't intend on doing it in the Philippines; actually, I never really planned when either, but I knew I had to do it. Good thing I had the courage to do it before I ran out of teeth.

It happened on a perfect day in Bantayan Island in Cebu, Philippines. A few weeks before our scheduled booking, I had both of my stupid teeth removed - I mean “wisdom teeth,” sorry about that. The risk of snapping open one (or both!) of the threads closing the gaping gum holes really worried me. Both sides of my checks were visibly swollen. But I made the decision and I was going for it no matter what. There are decisions in life that you just have to go for it or you'll regret not doing it for the rest of your life. 

I totally love the adrenaline rush in skydiving - it's very empowering. I can't imagine how the instructors keep cool under pressure. 


4.Hot Air Balloon in Singapore

This happened on a promotional day sponsored by a certain bank in Singapore. It was free! So of course, I went with my travel buddy and we waited hours for the ride. Since it was a free ride event, the queue was agonising. Take note: we were there in the morning and finally had our turn at night! Oh yeah! We were very persistent. Funny thing is the hot air balloon ride didn't even took off. Because it was free, the balloon only rose to a certain height, then it was roped down. If you fall, you'll die, so I guess that's high enough for me. 

My hubby and I are going on a real hot air balloon ride soon in Canada. I'm really excited about it. 


5.Paragliding in Puncak, Indonesia

I have an intense fascination with flying. Maybe I was a flying creature in my past life. There are things that just can't be explained; they have to be experienced. This is one of those moments. Paragliding is about riding the wind and hoping that the odds are in your favor. You jump off from a high cliff at a specific minimum wind speed while relying on a fabric wing suspended on a harness, the strong wind, and your partners’ passion for flying to survive. The wind humming in the air gives you goosebumps and thus making you scream like a wild bear. Every time the glider faces a wind bump, my stomach would twist like when I'm on a roller coaster ride in Universal Studios. I just couldn’t get used to it during the flight. It seemed like passing through rough roads  on a range rover road trip while making way through big boulders, and you just can't help utter the words "woohh,” “waaahh" and "eeehh" in a scream type of way. I believed I loss consciousness for a split second up there. My hands started to feel light, cold, and jelly. Then suddenly, snap! The wind blew in my face again like a big fart explosion and I was back to reality. Crazy as it may sound but I'm definitely fine doing that again.


6.Base Jumping in Bohol, Philippines

My first taste of adrenaline and life-threatening adventure happened at Bohol, Philippines. They call it “The Plunge” - a canyon-swing experience where you're suspended from a 200-meter high platform, free-fall for 5 seconds, then swing freely like a pendulum in a 300-meter wide gorge. It was the most addicting feeling I've ever had. I just got hooked and wanted more. They have a board posted before you get to the ride's platform. It says "You're not paying for the ride, you're paying for the experience." Well said, guys. It was totally worth it.


7.Zipline in Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Canada

My first taste of flying and seeing the sky a bit closer than the usual. A harness is attached to your waist or to your trunk and you slide down a rope from point A to point B. I've experience sliding down from many platforms: atop a tower-like structure, a tree, and even on the top floor of a building. I try to experiment with different styles: the usual sitting-up, Superman, backwards and even upside down. These experiences added more to my thirst for flying. 


It is known as the longest and tallest zip line in Philippines. It happened a day after my birthday, the crew was lovingly friendly and offered me a free zip line ride as a gift. I accepted the offer graciously. My mum came along with me, it was her first zip line ever and take note she's afraid of heights. She did it anyway, I couldn't be more proud of her. However it's not my most memorable zipline, the most daring zip line stunt I've ever did was hanging upside down. This guy who assisted me was so confused why on earth would a girl want to be hanged that way, he's a sport about it and just let me get away with it. The world looked totally different as the blood fills up my entire head with too much oxygen. I got a glimpse of what it's like to go for a bungee jumping experience. Let's consider that one as a window for my future adventure. 


8.Seaplane Flying in Bintan, Indonesia


Another heart-pumping, mind-blowing, crazy adventure I did was in Indonesia. It was supposed to be just a short and relaxing getaway but instead turned into a very exciting trip. I've never been inside a small plane before, especially one that is totally bare naked. There was no glass panel, no small door; it just looked like an unfinished plane in someone's garage. Strangely, this made me even happier, even though it did not make me feel safe. I pondered on the fact that people have done this before. My pilot does this for a living, so I shouldn't be worried as everything should go accordingly. The plan was to fly on a sunny day, yet the weather decided otherwise. It didn’t stop us thou. It was a great experience to see an upcoming storm up close. Frightening, yet really exciting. You don't see that everyday which makes it much more worthwhile. 


Traveling is not just about going to other countries, to explore and experience the food and culture. It's also about doing extreme adventures, to finally tick off that bucketlist of yours out in the open air. They said out of your comfort zone is where fantasies comes to life and dreams turns to reality . I've done a lot of crazy stuffs for the past few years and I'm not only fascinated with the sky but also the mountains and the oceans. I have a thirst for flying in the waters and being on top of a mountain to get a bird's eye view of the world. Here's more list of my memorable adventures of all time.

9. Scuba Diving

One of the scariest adventure I've ever done as i conquered my fear of drowning and the underwater silence. It's intimidating not to be in control of things especially with one's breathing, so when I had the chance to go scuba diving I really had to swallow my fear whole enough that it won't leave any trace of residue in my skin, little did my dive instructor know about the active volcano inside of me. I realized that the underwater world is such a fascinating and magical place to be. It looked like autumn season with leaves in varieties of colors but in a very unique kind of form. No wonder people are hooked to this kind of sport because it's dangerously and mysteriously beautiful. I heard people getting lost down there, I believe there's this unknown force that draws you to the unknown. You see the dark side of the water thou you know its not a good idea to go to that side but you just want to be there. Maybe that's where we got the phrase "curiosity killed the cat." Eventhou I have this wild imagination about what could possibly happen I've still managed to go scuba diving. I'll drink to that achievement in my life,  Cheers!


10. Parasailing in Boracay, Philippines

My first taste of water sports mixed with air adventure is in the island of Boracay. A two- or three-seater ride with an open parachute towed by a motor boat. My sister and cousin joined me in this fun craze as we glided up in the air. We even asked the skipper to add some more excitement to it by dipping us in the water during the ride. I figured without the water action, it wouldn't be that satisfying. I'm glad everyone was up for the challenge.  


Here's a another one that really made me wet my pants. Good thing this happened in the water. I've never been a big fan of humongous marine creatures. Yes they do look magnificently beautiful but I'm not brave enough to hold my breath and see them up close. My mum showed us this movie entitled "Orca" at a very young age that's how my fear started, besides I have all the right to be scared because I'm also not a good swimmer. I don't think so I can even save myself in case of water emergency. Friendly advice for all parents out there please avoid showing this kind of traumatic movies to kids for goodness sake. But as what they say in life you will need to face your fear someday. I faced another fear of mine on that very day. I wanted to scream when I saw for the very first the gentle giants of the sea, however no words and not even a single sound came out instead just utter amazement. Out of nowhere the song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli started to play in my mind. My eyes just grew bigger and bigger after seeing one whale shark after the other. It was bigger than our boat, even two fishing boats can't make up to its enormous size. Just another memorable experience that I'll never forget.


12. Water Rafting
The most awesome water rafting experience I've ever done was in Krabi, Thailand. We did the extreme level for beginners, Grades 2-4 for a 7 kilometer route rafting. It was even more interesting as the stream was stronger that day due to the rain. When everyone took off in the 5 kilometer route, we stayed behind and fought the aggressive waters with our ecstatic faces. The captain kept on telling us to maintain the balance, that was a hard task as everyone except for me and my friend was left on the raft. The raft bounce harder as only four people kept it afloat. I shouted and laughed like a small kid jumping on tarpaulin with splashes of water on every stride. When we got to the end part of stream the guys seriously asked us if they can capsized the raft, I replied breathlessly yes with a question mark. They suddenly act as if they were doing it, I screamed at the top of my lungs as if I'm being chased by a ghost and and we all laughed like drunk men when the raft rested on a nearby rock. I really thought they're going to do it but it was all just a joke. I partly knew that but with those playful guys anything is possible. I love how we ended our water rafting activity the prank really made my day. 



13. Trekking
The most challenging climb I've ever done so far is conquering Mount Kota Kinabalu. It is considered as the highest mountain in Malaysia and the third highest mountain in Southeast Asia. It may seem easy for others but we're all different. My friend had altitude sickness before we've even reached the summit, some climbers were not able to get through the cut-off time and were force to descend early, so far it's not that easy as people say. It's  one of those moments when you you have to keep moving or you'll never get what you want. I wanted to reach the summit and not just that I want to be at the peak to see it all. Fighting exhaustion and the cold air is such a great ordeal. A perfect combination for failure. This is where mind motivation comes in the picture, its not just about physical strength but mental preparedness too.  


This is was one daring adventure I've done in Hualien, Taiwan. The interesting thing about this one is that we were jumping on cold waters. The adrenaline is over empowering as I take the last step on top of the cliff. It got even more intense when I've had to run to the edge and jump off from the cliff. The freedom of letting go, the force of allowing yourself to jump, the courage it takes to take that leap off from the ground is something I find outrageously fulfilling. I would definitely do it again!


15. Snorkeling
Malapascua Island in Cebu, Philippines gave me the most unforgettable snorkeling experience of all time. The water is crystal clear, the fishes and the corals were vibrant like canvas colors on a painting. It was like watching a 4D aquarium, everything was clear blue and I bet Nemo and Dory is down there getting lost again. 


It was suppose to be a relaxing weekend, then my friends and I decided to add some twist to it by doing wakeboarding. They said it's like skateboarding on water. I've never done skateboarding before so it was an exciting fun way to try it. Wait! Now that I've thought about it I did it once and I fell hard on the cement floor. Great thing about this is you don't fall hard on something, the water catches you like a baby which makes the impact totally bearable. I was able to stand on my own, did a few fall stunts and face dive exhibitions. All of my friends including me of course went home triumphantly with flying colors, and that made it more memorable. Bonding with old friends is a cherished moment, it's like tasting an old bottle of wine you've been waiting for too long. 


17. Surfing
My first surfing lesson was in the waters of Sri Lanka. It was awesome! I was pretty scared because it reminded me of a traumatic snorkeling experience I had long time ago. The thought of it still lingers clearly in my memory bank. It was a perfect, sunny day for a swim in the open waters, the sea was calm and the underwater scenery was spectacular. Then suddenly I was rocking back and forth, waves started to build up and with no life jacket on hand I struggled to get back to the boat. I'm thankful for surfing it taught me how to ride the waves, not to fight it and just go with the flow. Now every time I see waves I see an opportunity to ride it with a surf board. I still have the uneasy feeling thou crawling through my veins but I see the experience differently now. 


18. Airplane Rides all over the place
Just for fun! Ahahaaa. I've flown many times and each time I'm up there with the clouds, I'm still amazed. I'm amazed easily, I guess I haven't lose my childish enthusiasm all these years. I'll end this post from a great song sang by Avicii "The Nights" and it goes like this, "He said, "One day you'll leave this world behind So live a life you will remember."
Have fun and be safe ^__^


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Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
An adventure is more exciting if you have someone special with and here's Why you should travel with your partner before saying I do 

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to Los Angeles, California and I have here a survival guide on how to go around the city.

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