Many travel to get out of their comfort zone and experience real adventure. I know I do. That’s why I think the Four Corners Monument is probably the lamest tourist attraction of all time. I’d rather tell my grandkids I was bit by a shark while on vacation instead of that time I held hands with three other people in a circle. In honor of Halloween coming up, here is a list of 6 things you can do on vacation that might make it your last one.
1. Praia De Boa Viagem, Brazil
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Ah, the beaches of Brazil. Perfect sunshine, crystal clear waters, bikini clad bodies, amputees everywhere…Wait what?? Well maybe at Praia De Boa Viagem, where there were 56 shark attacks between 1992 and 2012. “So what?” You say. "There’s a beach in Florida where there were 23 shark attacks in 2008 alone!” Yes, but none of them were fatal. At Praia De Boa Viagem, a whopping one third of shark attacks end in fatality. That’s enough to make you question even taking a bath in a hotel there.
2. Hua Shan Plank Path Walk,
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The climb up Mt. Huashan is known as the worlds most dangerous hike. At the base of the hike is a set of almost completely vertical stairs and it only gets worse from there. Climbers must walk along the face of the mountain, which is lined with tiny rickety planks barely nailed together with wood so old that it looks like it was scrapped from Noah’s Ark. About 100 people are claimed by the mountain every year. If you make it to the 7,000-meter high peak, your reward is the best tasting cup of tea you’ve ever had, as there is a small temple at the top that has been converted into a teahouse.
3. The Death Road, Bolivia
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Bolivia’s Death Road (a.k.a. El Camino de la Muerte) stretches for 40 miles and is known as the most dangerous road in the world. The road begins at 15,400 feet and at its thinnest point is only 3 meters wide. Why would anyone take this journey? Cyclists from all over the world can enjoy 100-meter high water falls, riding through clouds, streams, incredible views of the Amazon jungle, and coca fields. An estimated 200 to 300 people die on the road every year, but at least they die doing what they love: being ran off the road by a local in a truck with road rage and tumbling down a mile high cliff to their deaths.
4. Miyakejima Island, Japan
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This island in Japan has done everything naturally possibly to get rid of its pesky human inhabitants but they keep coming back like a clingy ex-girlfriend. The main volcano on the island (yes there are several) is Mount Oyama, which has erupted several times over the past 100 years. The worst case was in 2000 when poisonous sulfur dioxide leaked from the Earth and forced 3,600 locals to evacuate. But even the most toxic of all farts couldn’t keep these clingy residents away. Five years later, even after 17,500 earthquakes following the eruption, the locals began to return despite having to wear gas masks to avoid the toxic fumes. Now you can even visit as a tourist where local shops sell disposable gas masks. There is no telling when the volcano will erupt again, but if the lava and earthquakes don’t get you, surely Godzilla will finish this place off.
5. Lujan Zoo, Argentina
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The Lujan Zoo is located an hour outside of Buenos Aires and horrible people can pay its $25 entrance fee to cuddle with tigers and make out with bears. You can even show your Facebook friends what an asshole you are by taking pictures of yourself riding an actual full grown male lion. It is not a huge secret that these animals are sedated and on drugs. This zoo, as well as the similar yet somehow safer ones in Thailand, should be boycotted by all tourists. Luckily, no deaths have been reported at Lujan yet, but the animal’s tolerances for drugs can only be getting higher.
6. Sea Kayaking with whales, all over the world
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Kayaking in the open ocean is becoming pretty popular among tourists lately. You can do it off the coast of Canada, California, Argentina, and many other places. “But whales are gentle!” you say. And that is true. It’s not like they are breaching out of the water and landing directly on top of people like a falling bus. Oh wait, that totally happened. Those lucky kayakers in that video actually survived, but soon enough, we’re going to see medical records that will simple say under cause of death: "A whale landed on them.”