“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Hellen Keller
1. Diving With Sharks
Lets start this list with an astonishing face-to-face encounter with one of the most magnificent animals underwater. Swimming freely with whale sharks or diving in a cage surrounded by other not-so-harmless types of sharks is an exciting and enriching adventure that you’ll never forget.
Beqa Lagoon (Fiji), Guadalupe Island (Mexico), Tiger Beach (the Bahamas), Neptune Islands (Australia) are famous for shark diving, just to name a few of all the awesome places where you can adventure.
2. Sky diving
This sport is one of the best experiences you could ever have in your life. For those who do not like the sinking feeling of free fall, sky diving is great, since you’ll only feel a floating sensation, until (hopefully) the parachute opens.Advertising
3. Bungee jumping
One of the most common of adventure sports, yet a shot of adrenaline that usually takes place in beautiful landscapes around the world. From Victoria Falls, Zambia (364 ft) to Niouc, Switzerland (623 ft) there are tons of spots to try, and if you want to take it to the next level, there’s always the possibility to make the jump from a moving object, such as a hot air balloon or helicopter.
4. Cavern diving
Explore beautiful underwater environments with clear waters and captivating geological formations. Inside of a cavern, you’ll have a ceiling overhead, but an entrance and visible light from the sun are always in sight. Among some of the best locations to explore we can name the Mexican “Cenotes” at Yucatán, “The Great Blue Hole” at Belize’s Lighthouse Reef, the Chinhoyi caves at Zimbabwe or the Devil’s Eye, in Florida.
5. Kayaking Down The River Rapids
Kayaking down the river rapids or white waters, is incredibly exciting and dangerous too, which is why you need to have some skills before you get in there. Rivers and rapids are rated by difficulty and different types of paddling can be done in this sport.
Imagine launching from a slope with a wing overhead and your skis on, strong winds occasionally allowing you to take off for a few seconds. This sport will offer you the perfect balance between the snow and the sky. The Eiger, a 13,020 ft mountain in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, is among the most extreme destinations for this and other adventure sports.Advertising
Gliding over amazing landscapes while comfortably sitting on a harness in a free flying, foot-launched aircraft is something that you cannot miss in this lifetime. It is possible almost anywhere in the world, although there are some amazing well-known sites as Dune Du Pyla, France or Olüdeniz Turkey.
8. Competing In The Patagonian Expedition Race
A wild challenge in one of the most breathtaking spots in the world, this race has everything, from glacier valleys, rivers and swamps to steppe plains. This expedition is an experience that will make you feel more alive than ever, a fascinating journey that will test you in every way and show you nature in its wildest form.
9. Surfing Colossal Waves
Not a lot to explain here. Big waves can be found in Australia, Hawaii, California, Tahiti, Cape Town, just to name a few. Be prepared, some of these places offer not only deadly waves but shark filled waters.
10. Volcano Boarding
Yes, you can actually slide down an active volcano on a wood or metal board at Cerro Negro (Black Hill), just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Wouldn’t you love to feel the rush of going down a steep slope over volcanic ash? A jumpsuit and a pair of goggles will protect you from the heat, fine volcanic rocks, and wind, but not from the adrenaline.
11. Cliff Jumping
Simple as it sounds diving from a cliff doesn’t require special equipment or clothing. Nonetheless, its essential for you to have a little knowledge on how to enter the water safely.
Pulled by the force of the wind, you’ll travel at great speed and jump off the waves at amazing heights. All around the globe you’ll find perfect spots to practice kite boarding, all you need is a big open body of water and a good launch area.Advertising
13. Sand Boarding
The name says it all, sand boarding takes place in desert and dune areas and is definitely something you need to try at least once. If you snowboard, it will come easy, and the great thing is, this sport can be practiced year round and in various places throughout the world.
14. High lining
If you have ever tried slack lining and thought it was good, you need to try this. High lining is a relatively new sport that consists on slack lining at high elevation. It it something you want to do with experienced people who know what they’re doing. You’ll need concentration, balance and strength, but above all, a huge deal of courage.
15. Wake boarding
Towed behind a motorboat, you’ll find yourself riding over the water strapped to a board at speeds of approx. 18-25 mph. Wake boarding has an amazing variety of maneuvers to be done, so you’ll always want more.
Last Updated on December 2, 2018
How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life
Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.
The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.
The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.
Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:
Review Your Past Flow
Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?
Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week. That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.
Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern
Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.
Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.
Account for Big Picture Fluctuations
Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?
We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.
Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?
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