Swimming with jellyfish? Bungee jumping into active volcanoes? Taking selfies at the edge of sky-high waterfalls? If any of these daring travel adventures have got you looking for your passport, check out the entire list compiled by Conde Nast Traveler magazine of some of the most dangerous trips in the world. I’ve picked out a few I plan to add to make my travel bucket list a lot more thrilling.
Jellyfish Lake in Palau
Hidden deep in the Pacific Ocean somewhere off the coast of the Philippines, the island country of Palau is home to millions of jellyfish. The apt-named Jellyfish Lake is where travelers go to experience a gentle sting while snorkeling and swimming among schools of golden jellies and moon jellies.
Villarrica Volcano in Chile
Adrenaline junkies who don’t think it’s wild enough to simply hike a volcano can get their money’s worth in Chile. During the winter, hiking around Villarrica’s active lava lake becomes a glacial hell, with steep slopes and avalanches. The danger level does not end there. Ever wanted to simulate your own virgin sacrifice? Travelers can also bungee jump from a helicopter right over the volcano’s bubbling crater.
North Yugas Road in Bolivia
You think your commute is bad, one wrong turn at North Yugas Road and it’s finito for you. This Bolivian single-road pathway is known as the road of death, weaving through the luscious Amazon rainforest and going up as high as 15,000 feet. All you have is 12-feet of road space and your guardian angels keeping you from plummeting down the forest. The fog, the rain and the lack of guardrails don’t help much.
Mount Huashan in China
A nightmare come to life for those afraid of heights, Mt. Hua draws thousands of travelers because of its splendid view of the sunrise and magnificent temples tucked along the way. To get there, however, you must walk on a shabby wooden plank and a loose metal chain to hold on to while you’re experience vertigo thousands of feet above the ground.
Snake Island in Brazil
Located off the coast of Sao Paulo, Snake Island is home to thousands of vipers whose poisonous venom can melt human flesh. Talk about a horror movie come to life. The Brazilian government requires that a doctor be present if you plan to visit.
Devil’s Pool in Zambia
Want to go for a swim at the edge of the world? Try dipping into Devil’s Pool located at the edge of Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The only thing separating daring swimmers from a neck-breaking plunge is a slippery rock barrier.