Whoever said adventurous gap-years are for 20-somethings is mistaken. Baby boomers are ditching the flop and drop holidays and daring to break the mould by unlocking real adventure later in life.
Break out the trainers and unleash your inner adventurer because we’ve discovered some of the most exciting travel experiences grown-up gappers will want to do once they’ve left 9-5 behind.
Live it up at one of the world’s best music festivals
For the first time ever, the Empire Polo Field at Indio California is welcoming the highly anticipated Desert Trip music festival. Already dubbed the “OldChella” – based on the fact that its taking place on the same grounds as the star-studded Coachella Music Festival – the legendary line-up performing over three days includes The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and his band, Paul McCartney, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Roger Waters, and The Who.
Make a splash in the most powerful white-water
Imagine the adrenaline that comes with riding the World’s most powerful white-water. The Iguazu Falls which are taller, and twice as wide, as the Niagara Falls are luring the most avid thrill-seekers. While you can view these falls from a lookout or via helicopter, real adventurers head to the water for a boat ride into the heart of the dump zone.
Witness a stampede of nature
One of the most breathtaking sights you will ever see is the marvellous Serengeti annual migration. A movement that sees the great Serengeti wildebeest, alongside large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, eland and impala, travel in herds seeking fresh grazing plains. A must-do experience for anyone with an African safari on their bucket list.
Take a fiery leap of faith
Probably one to leave to the most extreme sports enthusiasts, the new (and hottest!) trend emerging out of Chile is Volcano Bungee Jumping. You literally jump into a volcano. The bungee jump takes place over Villarrica, which is about 750km away from Santiago, and is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes.
Ride and swerve the desert hills
Forget surfboards, snowboards and skis; sandboarding is the ultimate sport to unleash your inner-child. Like snowboarding on sand, sandboarding allows you to swerve your way down the dunes and carve it up on your backhand. Stay local and sandboard at Australia’s little Sahara in Kangaroo Valley, or pack your bags and hit the slopes of the world’s highest sand dune, Sossusvlei, in Namibia.
Find your altitude above the snow
If you love the thrill of a powder rush, then go one step further and take on the top of New Zealand’s mountains with heli-skiing. Although it can be more expensive than a day-pass on the slopes, it’s definitely worth the money for any powder hound. If the view of the helicopter ride up to the spectacular Southern Alps isn’t enough to take your breath away, then skiing or boarding down the fresh virgin snow will definitely change your mind.
Deep dive into a pit cave
Simply staring down into the Cave of Swallows is a test of one’s fortitude; imagine the adrenaline of BASE jumping into what is essentially a 50m gaping hole in the forest floor which drops straight down by 330m before reaching the cave floor – this is what the world’s daredevils are committing to. Mexico’s Cave of Swallows is the largest known cave shaft in the world and the second deepest pit to be found in Mexico.
Time waits for no one so if these amazing experiences have you ready to ditch the traditional ‘flop and drop’ holiday and plan a thrill-seeking adventure in retirement, visit Living Super to learn how you can save for retirement and tick them off your bucket list!
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