There are two kinds of people in the world – those who would rather spend their holiday lounging about by the pool, and those who would rather go skydiving.

This article is for the latter group; from cliff walking to free diving, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting travel experiences worldwide. So regardless of whether you’re visiting China, Germany or the U.S., we’ve got something thrilling for you.

Helicopter around the Grand Canyon

While seeing the Grand Canyon helicopter tour is a thrill in itself, it can’t beat soaring through the sky thousands of metres above it. Experiencing this natural wonder from the air is an unforgettable experience which offers a great opportunity to take some amazing photos. This unique opportunity is a great way to witness the beauty of the canyon from up above whilst having a lot of fun doing it.

World’s steepest roller coaster

The world’s steepest roller coaster boats an impressive 121 degree free-fall (which is practically vertical), seven twists and a 43-metre-long drop. It is located at Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Japan, a place well-known to thrill-seekers worldwide for the vast amount of Guinness World Records it has broken, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster.

Free dive in the Bahamas

If diving into the world’s deepest seawater hole without any air sounds appealing, you’ll probably enjoy this. Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas is a 203 metre deep, dark, empty sinkhole. William Trubridge broke the record for the deepest unassisted free diving here in 2011, where he managed to hit 100 metres. You probably won’t beat him, but you can have fun trying.

Get driven by a race car driver

If you happen to be visiting Germany this year, consider renting a race car. BMW offers “Ring Taxis” from April to October in which a professional driver will drive you at high speeds around a race track. Located in Nurburgring, ring taxis typically sell out a year in advance, although you may be able to snap up a cancelled reservation if you get lucky.

World’s most dangerous cliff walk

If you’ve ever wanted to cross a narrow wooden plank attached to the face of a vertical cliff a kilometre above the ground, this is for you. Mount Huashan’s plank walk in China is an experience that thrill-seekers everywhere flock to. You will be held up by a few cables (so that you hopefully don’t plummet to your death) and a lot of people taking selfies.

Cage of death

Come face-to-face with crocodiles in Darwin’s Cage of Death, the ultimate in thrilling wildlife experiences. You’ll be placed inside a glass tank and submerged into a pen with some of the world’s biggest reptiles – 5 metre long saltwater crocodiles – for fifteen minutes.

Everest skydive

Forget climbing Everest – skydive next to it instead! In what is likely the most impressive skydiving experience on the planet, Everest skydive allows you to leap out of a plane from a height taller than the summit of Mt Everest. You’ll need more than courage, however, as paying for the privilege will set you back $25,000. Since its inception in 2008, only around 100 foreigners have made the jump.

Go ice-swimming

Grab your swimmers, locate a patch of icy water, make a hole and jump in – that’s how they do it in Finland. Finns have been swimming in black, ice-cold water for at least three centuries in a tradition as longstanding as the sauna. Besides being thrillingly refreshing, ice-swimming may also offer some health benefits, such as boosted circulation and immunity, and a reduction in stress.