Australia Top Ten Tourist Attractions
Full Moon Party, Thailand. The vast majority will have fun, but a small few have been unlucky. Photo: Getty Images
A cocktail, and some sunshine: for a certain type of traveller, that's all that's required for holiday happiness, for a satisfactory time away from the everyday. Just some time to relax, and a fruity drink.
But where's the fun in that? Other travellers need something more. They want excitement; they crave adrenalin. Getting away from home doesn't mean chilling out, it means diving in.
They're the type of people who would sign up for potential danger. They'd go against government warnings; they'd fail to heed sensible advice. I could get injured doing this? No worries. People have even died? I'm in.San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Spain. Who knew running around with angry, full-grown bulls in an enclosed space could be dangerous? Photo: Reuters
If you want to find these people, start here.
Death Road, Bolivia
Aptly named, this one, because tourists have died, and continue to die, attempting to cycle down this mountain road just outside of La Paz. It's a thrill, pedaling down an Andean pathway that clings to a cliff, and an estimated 25, 000 people a year give it a go – but given tourists and locals alike die on the road regularly, you'd have to question whether it's really worth it.
You don't even have to attempt the summit, although if you do you'll find out that there's something like a one in 10 chance that you'll never return. Just trekking up to Base Camp has its dangers, with hikers needing evacuation or sometimes even dying from altitude sickness. That part is probably not on your bucket list.
San Fermin Festival
Who knew running around with angry, full-grown bulls in an enclosed space could be dangerous? Actually, everyone knows, but that doesn't stop them. They probably also know that 15 brave (or crazy) runners have died attempting the Pamplona charge. And it still doesn't stop them.