Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology

Crazy things travellers do

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Nam Song River, Vang Vieng

With more than a little bit of trepidation, I climbed the makeshift tower from which people leapt off into the lazy Nam Song River below.

At the platform on the fifth level, I took one look at the rope swing which I was supposed to hang on to for dear life while leaping off the tower, and shuddered.

My friends behind me, too, couldn’t bring themselves to leap off the tower.

But we did anyway, after we saw someone jumping off it.

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Giant Swing, Vang Vieng

The place is Vang Vieng in Laos, and it’s yet another example of the crazy things which people do on holidays.

I mean, you wouldn’t throw yourself off a flimsy five-storey structure at home.

So why should you do that on vacation?

And indeed, people have been seriously hurt or even died going off the giant swing or engaging in other dangerous water sports in Vang Vieng (note: most of the riverside bars offering these activities have been shut since 2012).

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Tubing in Vang Vieng

Despite the obvious dangers, people still do it anyway.

And why so?

Maybe because travel just seems better when you do something a little bit crazy, or outside your comfort zone?

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Hardly anyone spoke English in Podgorica, Montenegro

I mean, I love travelling to places where I don’t speak the language.

That’s so I can get a cheap thrill out of uttering the few foreign words I memorised from the guidebook and realising that hey, people do understand me.

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Would you like to eat some starfish, scorpions, or seahorses?

I also love trying bizarre food.

Scorpions, silkworms, duck embryos, chicken sashimis?

Bring them on.

But I especially love activities which can get your heart racing.

Like climbing a glacier in New Zealand, for instance.

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

I’m no mountaineer, so I definitely don’t know anything about using crampons and ice picks.

And yet, there I was, hiking up the Fox Glacier on a guided walk.

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

To add to the excitement, our guide pointed out deep crevasses which can swallow us up if we’re not careful.

And because of our lack of experience with the crampons, there were some points where we slid on the ice.

But we survived to tell the tale.

Crazy things travellers do - Alvinology
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

And perhaps that’s the rush which travellers live for when they do something crazy and emerge unscathed.

So what about you? What are some of the crazy things you’ve done overseas?

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