Brave travellers in need of an adrenaline infusion will take heart at the number of nail-bitingly good tourist attractions popping up around the globe.
At Toro Verde, Puerto Rico’s new nature park, an hour outside San Juan, you can get a bird’s eye view of the cloud forest on the world’s longest zip-line.
Using a special harness in which you lie face down, you “fly” along a 1.5km-long rope, gaining speeds of up to 100km per hour. The park also has other adrenalin-boosting activities.
Or how about finding out what lies beneath with a tour of the sea around the Caribbean island of Curaçao.
See what the Earth looks like 1,000 feet below the tide in Curasub, Substation Curaçao’s mini submarine, which is designed for tourists.
Descents take place four times a day to depths unreachable to divers, so you can get up close and personal with colourful fish, corals and old shipwrecks through the “windscreen” of your sub.
With visibility of up to 30 metres and no “bends” to worry about, this way you get to dive to exhilarating depths without training, and without the fear factor.
Alternatively, from April you can really put yourself out there with an Edge Walk at Toronto’s CN Tower in Canada. It’s the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk, out along the 1.5 metre sliver of ledge that encircles the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m – or 116 storeys – high.
Participants are attached to an overhead safety wire – with no hand rail to cling on to – and then lean back over the city with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them. Only for the very brave.