Adventure: The Bucket List

If adrenaline floats your boat, you’ve come to the right place. Ziplining through a Central American Jungle? Check. Climbing about on the roof-tops of Stockholm, Sweden? Check. Trying out tropical bobsledding, Jamaican style? Check. Our writers have the photos to prove their dedication to their jobs –not to mention the bruises. Don’t forget to check out our other sections: this site site is full of adventure. BucketTripper hint: Many of these trips are great for families.

Feats of treetop insanity.

Playing in the Tree Tops at TreeUmph! in Florida

That moment when you realize you will be hooking up your own harness hardware (sans supervision) to the 650-foot TreeUmphant! zip line that is the grand finale to the new aerial base camp experience outside of Bradenton, Florida. Or when you realize Read More

Dawn in the eastern Iceland town of Eskifjordur came with a spectacular view of the dock behind the rustic restaurant, Randulf's Sea House. Photo by Cardozo

Seeing Eastern Iceland, The Often Overlooked Side

  My trip to Iceland was a visual wonder...from the brightly painted buildings to the mountains to the people and their history. But while so many people do the Ring Road or stay close to Reykjavik, I went east to the less visited side of the Read More

Sledging

Summer Sledging on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Kaprun, Austria

Somebody’s grumbling. I can tell by the tone of voice, even before the words become clear. It’s something to do with having worn shorts. After all it’s August and the temperature in the valley below is creeping up into the nineties. Shorts seemed Read More

Superwoman on a Zipline (©photocoen)

Ziplining near Machu Picchu in Peru

I have a choice, I realized as I was swinging in midair. Either I freak out or let go and enjoy. While fear is an emotion, often used as an excuse – I can't help it, I'm just too afraid to do it – I took a rational decision not to be afraid and Read More

Snow cat groomer makes its way down a ski slope at Sun Peaks Resort, BC, Canada. Photo by Jayson Ryland/Sun Peaks

Riding A Snowcat Groomer Into the Sunset in British Columbia

They come out at night and do their job. You can see their lights progressing across the ski slope and occasionally hear their roar. And the next morning, they’ve left this delicious set of corduroy tracks across the ski hill. I’d always wanted to Read More

Bottom of 1,600 foot (487 metre) long water slide at Buena Vista Lodge, Costa Rica. The leather "diaper" is worn by women in standard bathingsuits so they won't scratch their bottoms while sliding down the concrete chute. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Taking Costa Rica’s “Mega Combo Adventure Challenge” in Guanacaste on the NW Coast

I am seriously short on attention span: It's not enough for me to just do a zipline or hot springs or ride a horse. I've gotta do them all, preferably on the same day. Enter Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure, located in Guanacaste in northwestern Read More

Elements and criss-cross each other at different heights, depend on the level of the course.

Sky-Walking and Ziplining in the Berkshires: Catamount’s Aerial Adventure Park

As a travel writer, I frequently roam across the globe, but this time, my destination is walking distance from my house: a quarter mile, as the crow flies. I live on the side of the Catamount Ski Area on the border of Massachusetts and New York. A Read More

Sonoma Zipline

Ziplining in the Sonoma Canopy, California

Redwoods shouldn’t sway. At least not in my mind, anyway. These enormous, ramrod straight trees grow for centuries, stretching hundreds of feet skyward, while widening and thickening their trunks. Heck, here in northern California you can even drive Read More

Dells Zipline

Ziplining in Wisconsin Dells

I hate heights. I really hate heights. So why in the world am I perched on the edge of a sky-high platform, ready to step off into the abyss below? Because my family wants to try ziplining, that’s why. And though terrified, I don’t want to be left Read More

Mudwalking in Northern Holland

Mud-Walking through a UNESCO Site in Northern Holland

After we reach the age of eight or nine, most of us regard mud as something to step over or walk around. I considered this as I slogged across what appeared to be an endless mudflat at Noordpolderzijl, in the north of Holland. I wasn’t alone – in the Read More

St. Lucia zipline through the rainforest

Ziplining in St. Lucia: Flying over the Tropical Rainforest

It's a different perspective up here. Standing on a small wooden platform that is securely bolted to a tree, I'm looking down perhaps 100 feet to the ground over a tangle of variegated greens: Gray greens, blue greens, lime greens, deep greens, even Read More

High Flying Adventure

Heli-Hiking in British Columbia

The scenery is, quite simply, epic. I've drawn the lucky window seat in the helicopter, giving me an eagle's eye view of two hulking towers of rock, close enough to touch. It's like one of those movie moments, when the music gets big and the camera Read More

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Tropical Bobsledding at Jamaica’s Mystic Mountain

I  am sitting in something that look like a bobsled, although instead of running on snow, the contraption hurtles on metal tracks through a tropical forest. With a white-kunckled grip on a handbrake,  I supposedly have control of the speed, but no Read More

Storms River Bridge

Exploring Tsitsikamma, South Africa’s Adventure Capital

Some towns just scream adventure: These are the places where weekdays are busy on hiking trails, where fleece is the accepted dress for a night on the town, and where everyone sports a tan. Boulder, Colorado; Chamonix France, Queenstown, New Zealand, Read More

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Ziplining in Costa Rica

I am standing on a platform about 60 feet above the ground, getting ready to swing through the Costa Rican rainforest like a Central American Tarzan. Or a scientist. The zipline is at the five-star Bourinquen Resort, an eco-resort in Guanacaste, Read More