Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia Goreme Turkey

The 11 Wildest Rides I’ve Been On (So Far)

I have a book of lists that I fill in once in a while just for fun, and one of them prompts you to list all rides you’ve ever taken. Particularly after this past year, I started really thinking about all the planes, trains, automobiles and even creatures I’ve hitched a ride on. Here are some of my favorites!

1. Zorb, New Zealand

While in Rotorua, I visited the original Zorb location and inexplicably volunteered to dive headfirst into a giant plastic ball filled with warm water. Then I rolled down a hill. It was weirdly exhilarating. I’ll never do it again.

2. Ultralight plane, New Zealand

New Zealand is truly the adventure capital of the world, and even though I didn’t Bungee or skydive (though I tried), barrel rolling over the Coromandel Peninsula in an ultralight plane with my friend Cliff was more than enough adventure for me. I’ll never do it again.

3. Longtail Boat, Thailand

On most days, a longtail boat ride to Koh Phi Phi would be leisurely, tropical fun. On the day I went, our overstuffed boat nearly capsized in high seas. Not my favorite day. I might try it again though.

This is not supposed to happen.

4. Surfboard, Indonesia

While I certainly hoped I’d be a natural surfer like my Dad, I never actually expected it to be so easy. The long board helped, I’m sure! Will definitely do again as soon as possible!

Seminyak, Bali

5. The Stray Asia Bus, Laos

We hurtled around hairpin turns and tore over ripped up roads for six nauseating hours a day during my visit to Laos. It was awesome. I’d probably do it again, with some Dramamine.

Celebrating Laos New Year with my tourmates

6. Donkey, Greece

While a donkey ride in Santorini may seem like the quintessential Greek activity, riders beware! There’s nothing safe about this presumably easy-breezy ride. You could definitely break an arm, leg or marriage during this adventure. Definitely would not do it again.Trying to stay alive

7. Scooter, Indonesia

Even though I only rode about 100 meters or so, that was enough. I’m just lucky there weren’t newborn twins and 3 bushels of bananas balancing on top of my head to boot. Don’t want to do it again, but probably will out of necessity someday.

8. Helicopter, Hawaii

Right after college graduation, my friend Morgee & I went to Kauai and took the helicopter ride of a lifetime. If you ever visit the Garden Isle, this is a can’t miss. You see the famous Na’Pali Coast, a thousand waterfalls, rainbows and so much greenery you almost can’t take it in… while the Jurassic Park soundtrack plays in your headphones. It doesn’t get better than that. Would definitely do it again because I need to take better quality digital pictures!

9. Japanese Fighter Jet, California

Before I was a full-time adventurer, I was a part-time USA galavanter with my grandparents. During one infamous road trip from San Francisco to San Diego, we stopped at one of their Navy pals’ homes and took a little flight around Monterrey Bay in an old Japanese fighter jet. (At least I think that’s what it was. I barely remember.) I would probably do it again. Why not?

Me about to take off

My grandma climbing in for an amazing ride

10. White Water Raft, New Zealand

Though I’d been rafting before in Georgia, I never had such wimpy people in my boat, cowering anytime we came upon a Class V rapid. Would definitely raft again.

11. Hot Air Balloon, Turkey

I haven’t written about this experience yet, so stay tuned!


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  • September 23, 2011

    Cool post! I’ve done a few of these activities myself (like zorbing in Rotorua, surfing, white water rafting, and hot air ballooning), but you’ve definitely got me beat!

    • September 23, 2011

      Did you like Zorbing? I only did it once – that was enough!

      • September 23, 2011

        OMG, I LOVED it! I also did the “wet” option, and I did it with a friend. I have never laughed so much in my entire life! I’d definitely do it again.

        • September 24, 2011

          I did it on my own – I think it would’ve been more fun if I had someone with me!

  • September 23, 2011

    That old fighter jet would have been a blast!

    • September 23, 2011

      At the time I wasn’t a very secure flier, so I was scared to death. I’d enjoy it more now!

  • September 24, 2011

    Love this post! But,I’ve got to get my butt in gear because I’ve only done two so far!

  • September 24, 2011

    I love this post! I haven’t been in a hot air balloon yet and I am waiting for Turkey. I am totally looking forward to your post about it! My wildest ride so far is definitely flying my own stunt plane in New Zealand. I did 360’s in the air and twirled my way around the sky. It was incredible to fly upside down and take over the controls of my instructor. Looks like you’ve had many an amazing ride as well!

    • September 24, 2011

      You will LOVE hot air ballooning in Turkey. It was one of my favorite activities ever ever ever. So beautiful!
      And you are a much braver woman than me…. I did 2 barrel rolls in NZ and was over it, haha.

  • September 25, 2011

    I once rode an ostrich and wasn’t quite sure if I was going to see another day 😛

  • September 26, 2011

    Wow, haha – you certainly have been on some wild ones. White water rafting was probably the craziest for me…I did ride on an elephant when I was a kid but found him to be much tamer =)

    • September 28, 2011

      Did you enjoy rafting? I did the first few times but I think I might have reached my limit. Last time I thought we were going to flip over!

      • September 28, 2011

        I did enjoy it – I’ve only done it once before…though one of the rafts in our group flipped over and there was panic as the guides had to save people in Class 5 rapids – that kind of killed the buzz

  • September 28, 2011
    Alex Berger

    Wow, terribly jealous! I’d love to do just about anything on the list and sadly have done very very few of them!

    • September 28, 2011

      Time to get crackin’! Let me know if you try any of them and like them =)

  • September 28, 2011

    Nice list! I remember my first zorb ride haha it was crazy but i liked it 😀 the most unforgettable for me as of the moment is the white water tubing ride where i fell once and the current is quite strong and yep, i dunno how to swim. 😐

  • October 02, 2011
    Jim & Vivian Selby

    This was great. We are so proud of Angie’s career and how she has grown thank you for the updates and we miss you. Love Vivian & Jim

    • October 02, 2011

      Thanks for the ride of a lifetime – it was amazing!

  • October 02, 2011
    Jim Selby Jr

    Your photos look Great, it’s amazing you’ve accomplished soo much, Thank you for sharing. The photos of you and your grandma flying over Monterey Bay with my Dad ( Jim Selby ), the Aircraft is Chinese Built, it’s a Nanchang CJ-6A, if you’re ever on the Peninsula, we would be more than Happy to take you flying again. Continue to enjoy the things you love to do, you’re very lucky. Wishing you and your Family the very Best..

    Best Regards
    Jim Selby Jr

    • October 02, 2011

      Hi Jim! Thanks so much for finally clearing up what kind of wonderful plane I was in! I’ve always wondered. Hope you guys are doing great!

  • October 06, 2011

    I’m with you on the zorbing. I did the same one two years ago, and my claustrophobia got the best of me. Love the idea of this post, though!

  • October 08, 2011

    I so want to try zorbing – it looks awesome!!!

  • February 20, 2012

    It makes a change to read a list that someone’s actually done; illustrated with photos that are theirs.


    Nice one, Angie.

    • February 21, 2012

      Thanks, Michel! I tend to only do lists if I’ve actually experienced the items on the list! At least, that’s my goal =)

  • October 01, 2012

    Angie, you are always killin’ it! So glad I met you and get to enjoy stalking your life! Can’t wait to follow in your footsteps on some of these!

  • October 10, 2012

    Wow girl. You are absolutely crazy and awesome. I was riding an elephant last week as well hehe that was a nice ride. 🙂 Go, Go Angie!
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    • October 10, 2012

      Thanks, Agness! It’s been a wild ride =)

  • October 15, 2012

    I’ve got to add a Dominican moto to this list, especially when you’re heading up to the tallest waterfall in the Caribbean 🙂

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