Have you ever considered jumping off a bridge, with only an elastic cord preventing you from being squished like a bug? Well if you haven’t you should.
Legend has it that bungee jumping began on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. Apparently a woman tied some vines around her ankles and took a leap of faith to escape her husband, who followed her and fell to his death (a slightly morbid start to an activity that’s now on many peoples bucket lists).
The men in that village decided that this was an excellent way to prove that they were in fact men, and began a tradition that continues today.
Commercial bungee jumping was pioneered in New Zealand in 1988. A J Hackett jumped from Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, contributing to the towns’ reputation as “the adventure capital of the world”.
Today bungee jumping remains one of the most popular adventure sports around. It offers the chance to step out of your comfort zone, with people of all ages giving it a go every day. Bungee jumping is one of the safest adventure sports, with stringent safety checks ensuring a very small risk factor.
What makes someone decide to throw themselves off a bridge? Some people do it for the bragging rights, some because they were dared, and others simply because they have balls of steal. Whatever the reason, bungee jumping is known to cause feelings of elation, and the adrenalin rush can be addictive. It’s an exhilarating experience, and one that leads many people to immediately announce “I want to do it again” while they’re still taking the harness off.
Travel is about trying new things, and often people who would usually never have considered bungee jumping quickly becoming addicted. For those who are apprehensive about jumping, a good option can be to start on a jump less than 200 feet high before moving on to bigger and better jumps. Or why not try a tandem bungee, and take that special someone along for a truly adrenalin-pumping experience?
If you’re looking for a unique bungee experience, the Victoria Falls Bridge is 364 feet high and on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, so you can bungee in two different countries at the same time. Or check out the Verzasca dam in Switzerland which was featured in the James Bond movie Goldeneye and stands at 721 feet. You can even bungee jump at night here, as the whole area is lit up with floodlights.
For true thrill seekers, head to Macau where you can bungee off Macau tower which is 764 feet and the eleventh tallest building in the world.
If you really want to push the boundaries, The Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is 1053 feet, and currently the highest bungee jump in the world. It’s rarely used commercially though, and only operates from mid-March to mid-October.
If you’ve always wanted to go bungee jumping, and it’s currently on the “one day” list, why not book it in today? You may have an inner adrenaline junkie just waiting to be let loose!