Some married couples are adventurous – and that’s a good thing. They want to try new things with each other or simply relive once again their favorite outdoor activities. Good thing that there are a lot of various outdoor activities to choose from. Just in the category of forest recreational activities alone, there are so many options to consider already. Here are some forest activities that adventurous married couples might like to do while away from kids:

Paintball

If you and your partner are up for some intensity outdoors, then paintball is the right choice. It is an outdoor activity filled with adrenaline rush moments. Paintball follows straightforward rules. Players just have to eliminate opponents by hitting them with breakable pellets or paintballs composed of dye-filled gelatin and oil. These paintball pellets are shot from a paintball marker that’s powered with compressed air or carbon dioxide.

Paintball is usually played by groups of friends or families, sometimes during organized sports competitions or tournaments. However, there are some special services and events that cater for all couples who would like to have some fun with paintball. Just keep your eyes open for news and updates, especially on social media. One great thing about paintball is that it can be a couple’s therapy session – a healthy way to let go of anger and unresolved issues.

ATV Riding

Adventurous couples might also like ATV riding. ATV is short for all-terrain vehicle. It is also called a quadricycle, four-wheeler, three-wheeler, quad bike or simply quad. It is a vehicle with low-pressure tires. An ATV is preferred in forests because of its big tires. It is even illegal to drive this in most city streets. If a couple knows how to drive motorcycles, then ATVs will just be a walk in the park for them.

The best part about ATV riding is that couples can see beautiful sceneries while riding the vehicle. ATV is designed to reach high and rocky places. Stunning never-before-seen views will surely be a delight for the couple.

Orienteering

Married couples who love adventure and the famous reality show “The Amazing Race” will definitely be thankful for this forest recreational activity. Orienteering is composed of sports that need navigational skills. The participants should use a compass and a map to move from one unfamiliar area to another in the shortest time possible.

Fortunately, even though this activity is kind of rare, there are actually some recreational services that offer orienteering activities to families, couples and friends. Through this activity, you and your significant other will see amazing views. Your relationship would even go stronger because of your cooperation and patience in finding the locations.

Mushroom Hunting

Young couples and kids might find this activity boring. That’s why I suggest this activity to matured couples, especially those who love cooking and eating mushrooms. Also known as mushroom foraging, mushroom picking, mushrooming or Houby hunting, mushroom hunting is simply gathering different kinds of mushrooms in the forest. Most guides encourage picking mushrooms that are edible, so the participants can eat them afterwards.

Mushroom hunting is actually popular in Europe, India, Canada, Korea, Japan and Australia and some parts in the United States. Seeing baskets filled with colorful mushrooms is exciting and rewarding. Not only that, couples would know interesting facts about mushrooms.

Adventure Park

This activity is the epitome of adventure. An adventure park contains various activities in just one location. The usual recreational activities in adventure parks are zip-lines, obstacle courses and rope climbing. Some adventure parks don’t focus on educating visitors with nature and stuff. They just aim to entertain the guests with mental and physical challenges. They also don’t require the guests to be physically fit. As long as safety precautions are followed, all is well.

If a married couple decides to bring kids in an adventure park, it is totally fine. Adventure parks are family-friendly as well. The kids will have fun, that’s for sure.

Tree Climbing

Couples would feel closer to nature with this activity. Tree climbing is a recreational activity that involves climbing and transferring from one tree to another. It is a pretty safe activity because of the equipment used such as a harness, helmet and a durable rope. Additional equipment is used for inexperienced climbers.

Here’s the amazing part: fearless climbers even take hammocks specially designed for this activity. Treeboat hammocks and Portaledges enable these climbers to spend the night above the trees, nap for a while or share a picnic with each other. That’s a very nice idea for a unique date during wedding anniversaries.

Elephant Safari

Usually, elephant safaris that are open to guests looking for recreational activities are designed to resemble the natural habitat of the elephants. You would see tropical trees everywhere, as if you’re in a genuine rainforest. Typical activities inside the elephant safari are petting, feeding and riding on the elephants. However, while looking for the perfect elephant safari online, choose a service that ensures safety of the animals. Don’t look for a location wherein the elephants are treated as if they are in a circus. Some elephant safaris just focus on giving the visitors a taste of what it’s like living with the elephants. Elephants in these safe environments just sit and walk around as if they are in their real habitat.

Birdwatching

Also called birding, birdwatching is a relaxing and educational outdoor activity. In this activity, you would either watch the birds with or without devices such as telescopes and binoculars. Part of birdwatching is listening to different bird sounds. These sounds are also used to track the birds’ locations. Many birds can be detected easier by ear.

Camping

One of the basic forest activities, camping is still fun despite being common to adventurers. It is also a romantic activity, since you and your spouse can do star-gazing and share marshmallows near the bonfire. Just make sure to choose the safest camping spots and those with beautiful overlooking views.

Wildlife Safari

With or without the whole family, going to a wildlife safari is still one of the best outdoor recreational activities. Wildlife safaris are exciting all the way. They are usually home to hundreds of different animal species that wander freely around the place. Visitors ride a protective vehicle to see the bigger wild animals. Meanwhile, they can just walk around some exhibits showing smaller animals.

Final Thoughts

One of the ways to keep your marriage alive is by having fun and creating more exciting memories with each other. Sometimes, married couples need time away from kids to spice up the relationship once again. If you were adventurous as a young couple, you can relive it again with outdoor activities no matter how old you get together.

I’m sure most of us would want to choose the ability of flying as a superpower. To live that dream, here are extreme activities to give you a glimpse of what it feels like to fly:

Paragliding

This competitive and recreational sport is for adventurers who want to fly with paragliders. Paragliders are launched by running until the vehicle totally pulls you to lift you off the ground. It is free-flying, which means that it doesn’t need a direct mechanism to make it fly. It mainly relies on the wind with its gigantic yet lightweight parachute-like material. The vehicle pulling you is just an external force to keep you flying. However, some experienced riders just launch themselves on a mountain. They just have to wait for the wind to catch up before launching.

The rider is secured with a harness hanging below the fabric wing. On the other hand, what makes a harness secured is the string of many baffled cells interconnected to the wing. The reasons why the fabric wing maintains one shape throughout the flight are suspension lines, aerodynamics and air pressure.

One of the most amazing things about paragliding is that the flight can last for several hours. You can also reach places, hundreds of kilometers away from your starting point.

Paramotoring

If you’re waiting for jetpacks to be finally available in the market, you can try paramotoring for now. Paramotoring is very similar to paragliding. The only difference is using a machine for a speedier flight. Paramotoring is also known as powered paragliding. The machine, also called as paramotor, is installed behind the rider. Because of this, the rider can just launch himself.

Interestingly, many countries don’t ask for license from people who want to do paramotoring. This extreme activity can be done low and slow with only a few equipment and cheaper cost for maintenance. The equipment can also be brought anywhere because of portability.

Wing Walking

Wing walking is one of the most extreme flying activities. There are only a few services granting this opportunity because of how dangerous and scary it is. Most people doing this are already professionals when it comes to stunts. The whole concept started with airshows back in the 1920s. Wing walkers moved on a flying airplane’s wings.

In the United Kingdom, IntotheBlue offers daredevils a ride of their life with wing walking. A biplane is used to let people stand on the wings in a more stable manner. The company makes sure to record the whole thing. Before wing walking, a training takes place for the aspiring wing walkers despite the ultra-secure harness firmly attached to the wings.

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Ultralight Flying

In this type of extreme activity, small planes that are simply composed of frames are used. These planes have no windshields, so you would really feel like flying. It is kind of difficult to find this type of plane. The only location I can think of is in Pampanga, Philippines. Specifically in Angeles City, extreme sports enthusiasts can fly their own plane. But obviously, they need to undergo training first and pay quite a huge sum of money to rent a plane.

Zipline

When I visited Philippines, I made sure to ride a zipline. My most favorite in particular is the zipline in Lake Sebu. You can ride it twice because the strong metallic ropes go across three mountains. One ride also takes longer than other ziplines located in other places in the country. It is also higher than most ziplines.

Some ziplines require you to sit or stand. But in Lake Sebu, you’ll be lying on your harness facedown. This is where you can really channel your dream to fly like a superhero. The whole thing looks scary because your harness is supported by a contraption which slides down metallic ropes. You would think “How about friction?” Don’t worry because the whole mechanism is totally secure because of strong and durable materials. The ride is totally worth it anyway. You would see a stunning view of the mountains, waterfalls and trees below.  Luckily for me, I even saw a rainbow.

Trapeze

This is more on swinging, not flying. But, you would still feel the wind all over your body as you swing back and forth. Besides, it is a unique extreme activity. Who would have thought that anybody can now experience what it’s like in the circus. You can also change in different positions as you swing, thanks to the training professionals give before the actual thing. Modern trapeze is also very secure because different parts of your body are securely connected to fixed objects in case of hand slips.

Giant Swing

There’s one epic scene in “Superman” comics and movies wherein the Man of Steel swoops down to save Lois Lane. You can experience almost the same thing with the extreme activity Giant Swing. A go-to location for this activity is at Wild Canyon. Called the Sling Swinger, you can go solo or with a companion to share the adrenaline with.

The Sling Swinger is safe because of high-quality equipment and comprehensive safety instructions for the riders. The first step of the activity is free fall. But after that, you would start swinging back and forth at 140 km/hr.

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Skydiving or Parachuting

You might not know this yet – skydiving is also the same as parachuting. I also tag this as one of the most extreme and most dangerous recreational activities. Before the parachute is deployed, you would experience a staggering free-fall from a plane. Although the activity is very risky, fatalities are quite rare.

I know a friend who did this stunt and said that he would do it again. He said the best part was after the parachute got finally deployed because he felt like flying. He even explained that the training was very detailed and serious. Each of them also signed some sort of contract. I found it hilarious that despite the strong wind greeting him from head to toe, he said he was sweating like a pig during the whole thing.

Hang Gliding

This extreme recreational activity is the same as paragliding. But, the two differ with the equipment used. While paragliding uses a fabric wing, hang gliding requires a light metallic aircraft but still not motorized at all. Modern hang gliders are composed of aluminum alloy. Some are made of composite frame surrounded by synthetic sailcloth. Of course, the rider is secured with a harness. Unlike paragliding wherein the rider can do the sitting position, hang gliding usually requires the rider to pose horizontally facedown.

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Wingsuit Flying

Another insane reactional activity, wingsuit flying is also simply called wingsuiting. You have to channel your inner flying squirrel here because before deploying the parachute, you must go in a free-fall while spreading your body to utilize the wingsuit. Unlike skydiving, wingsuit flying is more suited to pros in extreme sports. This is a solo activity – you just have to rely on your wingsuit and parachute.

Final Thoughts

Science and technology literally make dreams come true. I’m still amazed at how possible flying is nowadays. Still, you’re no superhero. So, you should take these activities seriously to avoid accidents.