Active + Adventure

The Checklist: Ultimate Adventures

by Sarah Tuff

We fully understand that many types of adventures have a sell-by date: If you're older than 18, anything that involves wheelies, jumping off of ramps, or a special slot in the X Games is probably a bad idea. A shot of adrenaline to a 9-to-5 life, though, will not only take you out of your comfort zone—it'll get you out of your zone altogether. Everyone should walk the Appalachian Trail once in their lives (pictured), dive the Great Barrier Reef, and at least aspire to set foot on Antarctica. We've assembled a list of 15 adventures—some easy, some not so—that will guarantee a life worth living. Aim for achieving seven of them, or maybe ten. Or if you're truly an adventurous spirit, start from the top and just keep on going. Just don't break a leg.

Published July 2008

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