5 Top Travel Destinations for That Adrenaline Rush
Thrill seekers listen up! Are your day-to-day routines bringing you down and you need an injection of excitement? We are still a few months off from the year-end holidays, but we know you are already dreaming of your next adrenaline fix.
These five dream destinations will catch the fancy of any adrenaline junkie!
1. Skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido, Japan
Why Hokkaido and not the other regions? Two reasons.
One, this northernmost Japanese island is the coldest and is known to receive some of the most consistent snowfall amongst global skiing destinations. That means plenty of light, fluffy, white powder-like terrains for you to carve and leave a blazing trail behind.
Two, a longer ski season than most other regions which can start as early as November all the way until May. That’s almost half a year of snowfall!
The most popular resorts in Hokkaido are located in the Niseko area, and while it is no hidden gem, the infrastructure available are top-notch due to its popularity. Furthermore, with the number of resorts available here, skiers and snowboarders of all levels are well taken care of.
A flight from Tokyo’s Narita or Haneda airports takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Enjoy Hokkaido to the fullest by checking out other points of interest such as Mount Hakodate, Noboribetsu Bear Park (of course we would recommend a bear park!) and even the Sapporo Beer Museum.
MSIG tip: Narita International Airport served more than 40 million passengers alone in 2017, making it one of the busiest airports globally. It’s a good idea to make sure your travel insurance covers you for any potential loss of luggage or even missed events due to travel delays!
2. Bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand
Take a massive leap towards conquering your fear of heights!
Back in 1988, Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown served as the launchpad to the first commercial “bungy” and since then over a million have taken the plunge. Hence, Kawarau’s historic suspension bridge remains the “spiritual home” – and the birth of bungee jumping.
Between 1986 and 2002, only 18 fatalities were reported due to bungee jumping. So If you’re suddenly, mysteriously gripped by fear, rest assured that it’s still “only” a 43-metre drop. And it’s also the only bungee in Queenstown that can be done as a tandem.
MSIG tip: South Island in New Zealand is amazing to explore by road! However, in the event that your rental car is damaged or stolen, having rental car excess can cover you for excess charges imposed by the car rental company.
3. Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur, India
If leaping off a suspension bridge isn’t your idea of exhilaration, then there is another way of admiring the sweeping views from up above – hot air ballooning!
Cappadocia in Turkey is popular, but we’d like to draw your attention to the city of Jaipur in India instead. Lonely Planet has dubbed the ‘Pink City’ a sea of palace windows, owing to its majestic castles, palaces and glorious forts that litter its landscape. It’s hard to beat a hot air balloon flight to take in these commanding views.
You might be wondering, “how is hot air ballooning even considered adventurous?” Getting the right conditions for the perfect hot air balloon flight is crucial not only for a smooth and enjoyable flight but for the safety of the passengers on board. Balloon flights are highly susceptible to weather conditions such as the presence of turbulence, as well as the unpredictability of wind speed and direction.
A spate of recent fatalities in recent years such as the death of 19 out of 21 onboard a hot air balloon in Luxor, Egypt also served to highlight the potential dangers – and thrills – involved for balloonists.
MSIG tip: Common injuries sustained during hot air balloon incidents include broken bones and head trauma. Make sure that your travel insurance covers for Adventurous Activity which includes hot air ballooning with Personal Accident as well as Medical and Other Expenses coverage.
4. Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There are statistics in the wild indicating that a fatality takes place once in every 560 hang gliding occurrences. But these numbers obviously mean nothing to those high-flyers seeking to soar like a falcon thousands of feet above the ground!
Depending on your hang gliding tour operator, you’ll be able to take in the glorious sights of Christ the Redeemer, Tijuca National Forest and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema just to name a few.
While many other top destinations offer sweeping panoramic views, we especially love that Rio covers the full gamut of lush greenery and turquoise blue waters offered by the South American party city.
MSIG tip: South America can come across as a very foreign land to many Malaysians. Should you require any emergency assistance, keep your travel insurance’s 24-hour Worldwide Travel Assistance hotline number close to you.
5. Scuba Diving in Vaavu Atoll, Maldives
Yes, you’ve already seen plenty of Instagrammable images of exotic Maldives. However, don’t just stop at the lovely azure beaches!
Take the next step and reach in to the crystal clear blue waters for a scuba diving experience like no other. There are many Maldivian atolls to take in the marine life, but the Vaavu Atoll which boasts Fotteyo Kandu is arguably the best in the Maldives.
The Southern Atolls where Vaavu Atoll is located is renowned for its overhangs, channels, submerged pinnacles – and shark-infested waters. Hammerheads, whale sharks, grey reef sharks are just a few of the esteemed members of the shark party you’ll be joining.
MSIG tip: Where underwater activities involving artificial breathing apparatus such as scuba diving are concerned, MSIG TravelRight Plus covers diving up to a maximum depth of 30 metres. Make sure you’re covered before you dive in!
Ready to embark on your high-energy adventure? MSIG is here for you
Stay safe and most importantly, stay insured. MSIG TravelRight Plus understands that adventure travellers can be an entirely different breed of vacationers altogether.
That’s why their Adventurous Activity Cover not only offers an exhaustive laundry list of benefits for most planned activities, but also ensures that your best memories of your travels are not punctuated with inconveniences!
5 Reasons Why You Should Take Up MSIG TravelRight Plus:
Extra covers for travel inconvenience
Victim of a robbery or theft? You are now covered up to RM1,000 for unauthorised use of your stolen or lost credit or debit cards.
Additional Plan 2 with higher benefit limits
Choose MSIG’s Plan 2 to bump up the compensation or benefits you’re already entitled to. For example, travel cancellation compensation for Plan 2 reaches a maximum of RM50,000 whereas for Plan 1 it is up to RM18,000.
Extensive Personal Accident cover
Accidental death and permanent total disablement are also covered, including Child Education Fund where a lump sum payment is made available for the dependent child of the insured person.
24-hour worldwide travel assistance
With MSIG TRAVEL ASSIST, you may call +603-7965 3930 for 24-hour help wherever you are in the world for pre-travel advice on visa and vaccination requirements, emergency medical evacuation and even for matters related to lost luggage, passports, money and credit cards.
Attractive medical and related benefits
Illnesses and injuries sustained while travelling overseas travel are covered. This further includes alternative medicine, hospital income and follow-up medical treatments in Malaysia.
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