Is adventure the next big trend for travel? A new British startup is banking on it, and with plenty of initial funding, we think they might be on to something. It seems like more and more travelers are interested in adding an espresso shot of adrenaline into their trips, with the popularity of activities like bungee jumping, sky diving, and snowboarding all growing.

How about you? Is a vacation without some sort of adrenaline-pumping activity only guaranteed to bore you to tears? Never fear! Here’s a look at eight destinations that are always a safe bet for an awesome adventure. Get ready for a thrill!

1) Antarctica

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2j architecture / Shutterstock

If you crave extremes and a cold blast of amazement, an expedition to Antarctica might be just the thing for you. Cruises to this far-South continent leave from the southernmost parts of Argentina and Chile, and offer the opportunity to visit remote islands, see wildlife (penguins!), and see planet earth in its most pristine and un-peopled state.

2) Borneo

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Nokuro / Shutterstock

Welcome to the jungle, baby! You’re going to have the time of your life. Get ready for plenty of cave exploration, encounters with traditional cultures, rain forest hikes with orangutans, and so much more exotic fun. The third largest island in the world and home to one of the oldest rain forests, Borneo is shared by the nations of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

3) Ecuador

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herjua / Shutterstock

The Andes, the Amazon, the Pacific Ocean, and the Galapagos Islands – tiny Ecuador packs an epic punch. If you’re eager to experience just how great the outdoors can be, try ziplining through the rain forest in this friendly South American nation.

4) Iceland

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Supavadee butradee / Shutterstock

The chance to hike atop an active volcano, experience the chill of an Arctic winter with the Northern Lights dancing above, or the thrill of a summer day with 24 hours of daylight makes Iceland a top contender for best adventure destination.

5) Las Vegas

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Quicken your pulse and take some risks without ever even entering a casino. Las Vegas is in an excellent location for all sorts of outdoor doings – mountaineering, skiing, and biking to name but a few – with Mount Charleston and the Grand Canyon within easy reach. The city has a number of professional-level racetracks for fans of NASCAR or Formula1 to get behind the wheel of high-performance vehicles. A number of attractions in and around the area offer some of the best thrill rides in the country.

6) Nepal

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Inu / Shutterstock

Want to climb Mount Everest? This is where you start. The gateway to the Himalayas, Nepal is an ideal destination for a wide variety of adventure travelers, but it’s especially fitting for aspiring mountaineers.

7) New Zealand

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Casa nayafana / Shutterstock

Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand in 1979, and ever since, the Kiwis haven’t let up trying to find new and exhilarating ways to shock themselves out of their usually very chilled-out ways. One of the most naturally beautiful places in the world, New Zealand is a nature lover’s dream come true, and presents travelers with a vast array of outdoor and extreme activities to pursue. Make sure you bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge!

8) South Africa

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ohrim / Shutterstock

Big game, big surf, big mountains, and a big welcome add up to the perfect getaway for anyone seeking big adventure. With the chance to dive in a cage surrounded by great white sharks, track lions through Kruger National Park, or hike across vast uninhabited expanses, South Africa’s a top choice for all the adventure you could ask for.

Do you think adventure travel is appealing – or exhausting? Where’s the most exciting place you’ve ever been? Let us know in the comments!

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