CNN.com recently ran an article in its travel section which revealed that you don’t have to be rich to vacation on a private island, “only” come up with a couple thousand dollars-or even less if you’re willing to rough it-to live on a secluded island somewhere. Amazing as this may sound, a number of other extreme travel experiences are available for people with the time to take advantage of them. Ten of them are listed below.
1. Work in a real salt mine in Michigan. For those who ever wondered what it is like to mind salt from deep within the earth, a private corporation called ” Miles below Detroit”, allows tourists to spend two days underground helping to mine salt. The experience is capped with a campfire while true life ghost stories are told. However, those who easily get claustrophobic are recommended to pass on this experience.
2. The Rhino Experience. This new vacation package offered by San Diego’s Wild Animal Park allows a family to live with, care for, and feed a herd of rhinos. Those afraid of living in close proximity to animals that could easily stampede or crush them are urged to pass on this experience.
3. The CDC’s infectious disease experience. To help him raise money to research infectious diseases, such as Ebola and malaria, the CDC offers a vacation package for people who want to experience what it’s like to live inside of a Level 5 viral contamination dome. Everything inside the dome is sterilized, and communication with the outside world is restricted to short snippets of text broadcast on a black screen. Tourists are locked inside the dome for a minimum stay of five days, though many have requested to stay longer.
4. Hershey’s Chocolate Vacation. Ever wonder what it would be like to live inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory? This may be the next best thing, tourists are allowed to sleep overnight in the Hershey factory and are allowed to sample almost everything being made. The chocolate vacation experience ends on an exciting note when tourists are dunked headfirst into a tank full of lukewarm milk chocolate.
5. North Pole Excursions. A Norwegian run company shuttles tourists to and from a modestly furnished log cabin at the North Pole. Though the cabin’s electricity is powered by a massive underground lithium-ion battery, and the basement is packed full of canned food, terrorists must figure out how to survive the cold nights and boredom of the Arctic wilderness.
6. The Live Like a Monkey Zoo Experience. Families who have participated in the Rhino Experience at the San Diego zoo rate the ” Live Like a Monkey Zoo Experience”, which is hosted at the New York Zoo, as being much more intense. Families are dressed in special monkey suits which allows them to live and interact with monkeys in the zoo. In fact, for four days zoo employees treat them the same as real monkeys living in their pen. Former participants of this program have said that the hardest part is induring the taunts and mocking behavior directed at them from small children.
7. Life in Oprah’s bathroom. For hardcore Oprah fans this could be the vacation for you. For $3,000 you get to live in one of Oprah Winfrey’s bathrooms in her mansion for a week. Don’t worry, the bathroom is large enough to accommodate a family of five easily. You also get to meet Oprah each morning when she will use the bathroom for five minutes to brush her teeth.
8. Amazon Jungle Safari. Based upon the movie “African Queen”, this extreme vacation experience involves you piloting a diesel powered boat down the Amazon River. Supplies have been left for you every 10 miles along the river, however it is your responsibility to keep the expedition on course.
9. Mystery Adventure Excursions. You and one other guest are dropped off a location that is completely random and could be anywhere in the world-and you have to find your way back to civilization. A couple from Chicago was blindfolded and flown into western China and it took them five months to get back to the United States, partly because they were unlucky enough to wander into North Korea.
10. Submarine Adventure Inc. For $4,700 a night, you can rent a luxury submarine which is capable of diving to a depth of 500 feet, and which has its own kitchen, pool table, water bed and George Foreman grill.
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