Travel is a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, and push yourself to the limit. Skydiving is one way to do just that, and although not for everyone, thrill seekers soon get hooked on the adrenaline rush of leaping into the unknown. Here is a fun fact too – the practice of skydiving actually started with famed artist Leonardo da Vinci, who designed the world’s first parachutes. If you’re up for the challenge, why not combine a daring adventure with some unparalleled sightseeing, and sky dive over some of the great natural scenery of the world. Here are some ideas – the sky’s the limit!
Switzerland is the pick of the bunch when it comes to taking the plunge in Europe. Enjoy unique views over the icy natural beauty of the snowy Swiss Alps. From a height of 4,000 metres, you’ll fly over glaciers, mountain tops, and the waters of Lake Thun and Lake Briez.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
The endless, deafening roar and hammering rush of the famous Victoria Falls are best appreciated from above – it’s the only way to truly appreciate the full panoramic view over the Falls, which span the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa. If you’re not quite up to jumping out of a plane, stay on board for a 25 metre scenic flight.
A sky dive over the Harbour City offers an amazing variety of scenery, from the natural to the man made. As you soar through the clouds and glance below, you’ll spot the iconic sights of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and the waters and tiny yachts dotted around the blue waters of the harbour itself. On a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of the peaks of the Blue Mountains, to the west.
Queenstown, New Zealand
The undisputed adventure and adrenaline capital of New Zealand, perhaps even the world, Queenstown is by far the most popular drop point for sky diving, and it’s not hard to see why. Leaping off between Queenstown and nearby Rotorua, you’ll pass over the aptly named Remarkables mountain range, as well as mud pools, steaming lakes and mountainous peaks and valleys.
The Space Centre, Florida, United States
There are many great coastal sky diving sites in the US, but for something totally different, and a genuinely unique experience, head to Titusville in Florida. Here, you can fly up and parachute over the Kennedy Space Centre, where you’ll enjoy incredible views over all of the shuttle launch points, and the main shuttle building. You’ll also pass over the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River.
Mount Everest, Nepal
This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted – a daring dive nearly 9km up in the air, around the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. You’ll need a specially designed oxygen system, as well as thermal wear to protect against the extreme temperatures. You’ll also need to plan ahead and start saving, as jumps are infrequent and start at $25,000.
At the other end of the difficulty scale is a sky dive over the Spanish city of Seville. This is a great destination for beginners, as the climate is not a factor – it’s never really too hot nor cold. There are also a variety of different options and altitudes available, depending on experience and ability level. On the jump itself, you’ll see perfect clear views of the sprawling city below, surrounded by the rugged Spanish countryside.
Thrill-seekers, contact your local, personal travel manager and start planning your next adventure. Visit http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/