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(By Stephanie Valera via Weather)  


Seeing Paris from the Eiffel Tower or lounging at the beach in Phuket, Thailand are trips of a lifetime, but sometimes you just need to kick your vacation up a notch. From paragliding with vultures to cage diving with great white sharks, these adventure travel experiences are worthy of anyone's bucket list — if you're looking for some heart-stopping fun.

Adventure travel and all its adrenalin-pumping thrills, however, do come with risks, so it's important to be prepared before embarking on a trip that involves "extreme" activities, such as mountain climbing, ziplining or rafting. Because this type of tourism also often involves travel to remote locations, additional adventure travel risks also include the lack of quick emergency response if injured, poor trauma care, and unexpected weather changes that can make safety challenging and rescue efforts more difficult, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

To fully enjoy an adventure trip, travelers should first develop their skills, according to Jeremy Loeckler, founder of TourMatters, a website dedicated to helping travelers research tour operators and their itineraries. "The person most responsible for your safety is yourself," Loeckler said. "Study your activity extensively and try beginner-level versions close to home. An amateur with a false-sense of bravado is by far the most dangerous factor on an adventure tour."

Experts also recommend checking up on the outfitters. Loeckler recommends going with an outfitter with at least 10 years of experience. "A company that operates in an unsafe manner can only roll the dice so long before having an incident," he said. "Mature operators evolved their programs over the years to respond to safety issues."

And travel insurance? Experts believe it's a must. Before you decide to go on an adventure or extreme tour, always consider purchasing travel insurance. "The health insurance you have may not necessarily extend to another country, or the hospitals and emergency providers in those countries may not accept it," Joe Cortez, Travel Insurance and Safety Expert at About.com, said. "By purchasing a travel insurance plan, you can make sure you're covered in the worst-case scenario."

But not all travel insurance policies are the same. "If you do purchase a travel insurance plan, make sure that it covers all of your planned activities," Cortez advised. "Most travel insurance plans cover recreational sports, like golf. But for those who are looking for a little more (like running with the bulls, zip lining, or mountain climbing), a standard travel insurance plan may not cover an injury from your preferred activity. Make sure your travel insurance plan covers hazardous activities, or offers a hazardous activities rider."

1. Enter the Cage of Death in Australia (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)


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Former Australian cricketer Nathan Bracken and coach Mike Young stand in the 'Cage of Death' in the crocodile enclosure at Crocosaurus Cove theme park in Darwin, Australia on August 31, 2008. The attraction drops thrill-seekers into a crocodile's lair.
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2. Swim in the Devil's Pool in Zambia (Wikimedia Commons/Ian Restall)

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Victoria Falls, located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, is the largest waterfall in the world and is known for 'Devil's Pool,' a naturally formed pool of water on the edge of the falls. During dry season, the waterfall's flow of water is lower and a natural rock barrier comes close enough to the surface.
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3. Ride the Double-Decker Cabrio Cable Car in Switzerland (Credit: Stanserhorn-Bahn)

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The Cabrio, the world's first cable car with an open-air upper deck, brings tourists to Stanserhorn mountain in Switzerland.
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4. Walk to the Edge of Preikestolen Cliff in Norway (Casper Tybjerg/VisitNorway.com)

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Preikestolen, a massive cliff located 1982 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, is one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway. To this day, no safety railing has been constructed on the edge of the cliff so as not to harm the natural beauty of the site.
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5. Run with the Bulls in Spain

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Revellers run with fighting bulls during the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival, on July 8, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. Every year, between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run although most injuries are contusions due to falls. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
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6. Cage Dive With Great White Sharks in South Africa

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Tourists get up close to a Great White Shark as it swims past the cage on October 18, 2009 in Gansbaai, South Africa. The waters off Gansbaai are the best place in the world to see Great White Sharks, due to the abundance of prey such as seals and penguins. (Photo Credit Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


7. Eat Fried Tarantulas in Cambodia

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Fried spiders for sale at the market in Skuon, Cambodia. (Wikimedia/Matt Connolley)


8. Dine in the Sky (Various locations)

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Dinner in the Sky patrons are strapped in and hoisted up into the air to enjoy the sights and dinner in Portugal. (Dinner in the Sky)


9. Go Cliff Camping in Canada

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Campers sleep on portaledges protected by an overhang from falling rock and ice in Great Sail Peak, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Canada. (Gordon Wiltsie/National Geographic/Getty Images)


10. Explore a Volcano from the Inside in Iceland (Flickr/Mr Hicks46)

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At Iceland's Thrihnukagigur ('Three Peaks Crater'), the only volcano on earth you can explore from the inside, you can take an elevator inside a volcano's magma chamber.
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11. Go Parahawking in Nepal

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A tourist tries tandem parahawking in Nepal. The activity allows paragliders to fly with an Egyptian vulture swooping around them and occassionally coming to land on their wrist for a morsel of meat as reward. (Wikimedia Commons/Scottmason2312)


12. Jump from the Cliff in the Sea Caves of Cyprus

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A tourist jumps off a cliff into the waters of the Mediterranean in the area of Capo Greco (Sea Caves) near the resort town of Ayia Napa, southeast Cyprus, on May 1, 2012. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/GettyImages)


13. Stand in Europe's Tallest Attraction in France

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A man stands in the 'Step into the Void' glass skywalk overlooking the French Alps on top of a 3842-metre peak in Chamonix on December 23, 2013. The installation is made of three layers of glass and can withstand winds of up to 200kmph. (JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)


14. Swing at the End of the World in Ecuador (Flickr/Rinaldo Wurglitsch)

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Located near the active Tungurahua volcano in Banos de Agua Santa, Ecuador, the Swing at the End of the World is made from no more than a wooden plank and sturdy ropes, and offers spectacular views from more than 1-and-a-half miles high.


15. Drive Above the Trees in Brazil (Wikimedia/OS2Warp)

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The Rodovia dos Imigrantes highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with extremely long tunnels and high strutting six-lane bridges, was constructed over the tropical rain forest which covers the steep faces of the Serra do Mar.
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