Hit the trail. Photo by Anna Poltorak and Mateusz Emeschajmer / Courtesy of Sidetracked.
We're tipping our hat and holding our breath in celebration of memorable, heart-racing vacation. Interrupt your nine-to-five with a dose of mountain biking, hot-air balloon riding, and waterfall diving on one of these twelve adrenaline-spiking adventures.
Wadi Diving in Oman
"The three of us were springing off rocks like mountain goats, pausing to absorb the prehistoric landscape — a true oasis in the desert filled with date palms and cool running water." – Paul Jebara
"From then on out the region was only accessible by foot or bike. Some narrow parts of the track ran parallel to a cliff, with a wild and raging river directly below us." – Mateusz Emeschajmer and Anna Poltorak
"The falling snow and suddenly terrible visibility didn't help matters, but we made it to the other side thanks to Rich's mad driving skills and, I suspect, help from Icelandic elves and fairies." – Sherri Rifkin
"Then I considered all the explaining I'd have to do to get the sword through airport security in three countries. There must be plenty of Champagne-appropriate sabers in Morocco. Haven't I seen pictures of Berbers racing in the desert wielding swords?" – Becky Sue Epstein
"As I stand looking at it in person, I think it is the most incredible thing I've ever seen. Then my tour guide tells me that we were going to climb it, and it becomes the scariest." – Alison Weissbrot
"At every point of the compass, Norway's landscape is arresting; a lush, undulating conduit for friluftsliv that craves no less than pure abandonment to its mysteries." – Jody Daunton and Rachel Maria Taylor