Thrill Vacations for 2017
Adventure Vacations for Your Bucket List
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Thrill vacations have become more popular over the years. Believe it or not, folks actually fork out
money to spend time on a tornado chase team. To some, these people are completely nuts. Well,
that's probably true, but they love getting that rush when seeing a tornado up close or being
face-to-face with an elephant on a safari. With so many thrill-seeking enthusiasts out there, more
companies are offering some fantastic vacations. My family did go on a safari in South Africa a few
years back, and I can honestly say it was one of the most thrilling and exciting tours we have ever
done. My son, 10 at the time, was beside himself as we moved within feet of lions, elephants and
Looking For A Thrilling Experience?
Below are the Top 10 Thrill Adventure Vacations that should excite even the most adventurous
travelers. We have provided links and other information to help you find the best thrill vacation for you
and your family. Remember, these are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and many are a bit pricey, but
if you want to experience something you can talk about (better yet brag about) the rest of your life,
then these adventures are for you.
1. Tornado / Storm Chasing
You too can become a storm chaser, just like you see on TV. During the months of April, May and
June, Tornado Alley lights up with some of the most exciting storms... if you like that sort of thing.
With all of the coverage on TV the past years, several storm-chasing companies have sprouted up in
the area that runs from northern Texas to central South Dakota. Many of these companies use the
tours to fund their continued research of tornadoes. Most of the tours include your transportation,
hotels and some meals, along with experienced chasers that know how to predict where the storms
will erupt and get you close enough for photos, but not too close. Here are a few links to the more
popular tours. Storm Chasing Adventure Tours, Storm Chaser, Extreme Chase Tours, and
StormTours. These tours fill quickly so plan ahead and be safe.
Top 10 Thrill Adventure Vacations
2. Roller Coaster Tours
Are you a roller coaster fanatic? Well, there are now tours available where you travel with other
coaster fans and ride some of the most thrilling coasters in the country. I never realized there were
so many folks that loved, and I mean LOVE, the thrill of a roller coaster. They make me a bit sick,
myself, but others spend there lives finding the next biggest, tallest and fastest coaster. Here are a
few links to tours. Thrill Coaster Tours and Theme Park & Roller Coaster Tours. Here is a link
to an independent review of the Top 10 Roller Coasters in America.
3. African Safari
If you love animals, then you must do an African Safari before you die. This is one of the most
exciting adventures my family has ever done. You spend hours traveling around in the bush with an
experienced safari guide, seeking animals in their natural environment. Most safari game reserves
advertise based on viewing the "Big 5 Game". The Big 5 are Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and
Black Rhinoceros. They were called Big 5 by hunters, as they considered them the five most difficult
to hunt. The most popular and well-known game reserves are in Kenya and Tanzania, but there are
reserves all over most of southern Africa. My family chose a game reserve in South Africa,
Shamwari Game Reserve, as they were one of the only "malaria free" reserves. Most other
reserves require guests to take malaria tablets before coming. Here is a link to African Safari
Adventures , a guide for find a safari.
4. Polar Bear Adventure
Looking for a very unique adventure, why not try a polar bear adventure. During October and
November, Frontiers North Adventures runs a Tundra Buggy Adventure in Canada. The
adventure provides some exclusive access to the polar bears at Cape Churchill, inside Wapusk
National Park. This company was covered by NBC during the Canadian Winter Olympics.
Frontiers North Adventures also offers several other unique thrill adventures in the arctic.
5. Fighter Jet Tours
If you have the need for speed, then you need to take a fighter jet tour. Incredible Adventures
Starfighter has a tour that actually allows you to fly in a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Prices are bit
expensive, but this is truly a unique opportunity to fly suborbital training flights from NASA's Kennedy
Space Center. They also run a cheaper L-39 jet fighter tour that gives you the same thrill as Top
Gun. Click here for Incredible Adventures Top Gun.
6. Zero Gravity
Are you fascinated with space flight and have always wanted to experience weightlessness? Well,
you don't have to be an astronaut anymore. Zero G operates what they call "the weightless
experience." They have specially modified Boeing 727's that perform parabolic arcs that create a
weightless environment. They provide all of your training, flight suit, photos, video and 12 to 15
parabolas giving you an adventure of a lifetime. They run out of Las Vegas, Cape Canaveral,
Titusville and on occasion, from Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC.
7. Warrior / SWAT Training
Have you always wanted to know what it feels like to be on a SWAT team or part of a special ops
team? You can now train with experienced Special Operations personnel and try your hand at
Counter Terrorism or SWAT operations. Tri-core International LLC runs several scenarios that
puts you in situations like bank robberies, school shootings and counter terrorism. These are open
to the public and involve two days of training/scenarios.
8. Great White Shark Adventures
"We're going to need a bigger boat...". Remember that from the movie Jaws? Sharks are one of
most feared predators on the planet, with the White Shark being the most feared. Cape Town, South
Africa is one of the best places in the world to experience White Sharks. There are a couple of tour
companies that offer up-close viewing, and even diving, with the sharks. Click here for Shark Cage
Diving.net and also White Shark Ecoventures.
9. North and South Pole Adventures
If you like cold weather and the thrill of a polar adventure, then Icetrek Expeditions has a tour for
you. They specialize in Arctic and Antarctica tours offering both short experiences and longer
expeditions. If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then you should consider taking an
adventure to one of the poles.
10. White Water Rafting
If you are looking for an exciting family trip, then you should look into White Water Rafting. Guides
take you down some of the most scenic rivers where you can experience rapids that are graded from
1 to 6. Basically, Grade 1 requires basic skills with short rough areas and Grade 6 are considered
the most dangerous and you may find yourself lucky to survive. Rafting America has pulled together
21 companies offering beginner to expert level rafting trips. Many of the trips are multi day and offer a
wonderful family bonding experience.