MAR 20, 2014

15 Must Do Experiences Before Pushing Up Those Daisies

By Privy Editor


From racing in a stunning Formula One car with speeds up to 200mph to grueling, up-before-dawn, Kung Fu training from warrior-monks at the Shaolin Temple to running a marathon in France--where you refuel at stations serving foie gras and glasses of the finest wine, of course--we are pleased to present the CEO of private members’ club Stephen Liu’s list of the top 15 things he needs to do before he pushes up those daises. And knowing the intrepid and determined nature of the Privy CEO, we’re sure he’ll do them all--twice.

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1. Perform an Everest Skydive in Nepal


You could spend months preparing for, and eventually climbing, the world's highest mountain ... or you could fly above it on a plane and skydive past it. Dubbed the "world’s most elite skydiving adventure" the free fall allows you to jump from 29,500 feet, higher than the Everest summit. A side perk-- you'll get to laugh at those struggling to make their way up and down on foot.

2. Get into a Wild Water Fight at the Chiang Mai Songkran


What better way to celebrate the new year then with a wild water fight? Officially known as Chiang Mai Songkran, the water festival started as a tradition to symbolize purification. Fast forward a couple of centuries, and it’s now a grown-up pool party on land. To up the ante, Thais add ice to their water or travel in teams that wear masks and carry large water cannons. Stock up on those Super Soakers.

3. Go Water Buffalo Racing in Indonesia


BYOB- buffalo, we mean, for the tradition of water buffalo racing, known as Makepung, that has competitors spending weeks decorating their beasts before going head-to-head with other farmers. Balancing on small, wooden chariots while wading through wet rice fields, racers have to control both their own nerves, and not one but two charging buffalos. Cheers are just as loud for the crashers as the winners.

4.Rave All Night in Ibiza


There are few places in the world that epitomize sea, sex and sun (or is that sin?) better than the stunning island of Ibiza. The official birthplace of the “rave”, Ibiza has the beautiful people, the beautiful beaches and plenty of fun to go around year-round. With all the partying and indulging, you definitely won’t need a sleeping pill on the plane ride back home.

5. Run With the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain


The biggest Running of the Bulls event occurs during the San Fermin Festival where thousands of revelers take to the streets to try to outrun a herd of angry and possibly blood-thirsty bulls on narrow streets. With a crowd of testosterone-charged locals and some (probably) alcohol-fuelled backpackers, the result can be carnage. Do take extra care though

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