If you really want to wow a lucky someone for their birthday this year, there truly are a whole host of options available from which to choose that could really get their pulse racing. And with the materialism of birthdays always seeming to be on the rise, what better way to take a step back and offer something unique and memorable than by giving a real experience rather than the year's must-have object, almost certain to have been forgotten about by next year? These organised, extreme days out are almost guaranteed to catch in the mind of the birthday guy or girl – and will surely be looked back upon fondly for years to come. So, with that in mind, we have written the following as a guide to the ins and outs of this exciting, original and truly modern type of gift.
Inside almost every young (and old!) adult seems to be an adrenaline junkie of sorts, just itching to get out and experience the wilder side of life. And it would seem that all that most people need to unleash this inner wild child is a little push, which can fortuitously come in the form of the gift of an extreme day out. Although many people might not even think of submitting themselves to such an experience if left to their own devices, almost all tend to really get into the swing of the activity and wind up having an unexpectedly enjoyable time – it might perhaps even mark the beginning of a daring, new-found hobby. Accordingly, extreme experiences should not be thought of as being strictly the preserve of established adrenaline junkies –even fathers and mothers apparently on the 'straight and narrow' often seem to enjoy such days out equally as much as their outwardly wilder children – if not more so! And neither should extreme experiences be considered just the 18th birthday gifts
of those with cash to burn – as with the sheer variety currently available, there truly is something to suit every budget – and starting from under twenty pounds.
As an activity that seems capable of capturing just about every imagination, motoring experiences have really grown in popularity in recent years and are a truly original present idea for any budding speed freaks in your family. This type of day out often seems to make a perfect choice for those who are young enough to still be really excited about driving, with their test pass still fresh in their mind. As such, it can often be a really thoughtful gift for any little petrol-head-to-be and will certainly stand out perfectly amongst their other 18th birthday gifts
. Furthermore, it is possible to really tailor the extreme experience to a person's particular motoring interest, with 4x4s, classic cars and even formula one driving all catered for! Prices vary, but typically start at around eighty pounds for an hour of pre-track talks and 4x4 driving at a top-level venue such as Silverstone's challenging off-road course.
If concerned at all about the safety of an extreme day out, then don't fret – it is important to remember that with all experience days, the activity – though extreme in nature – will be pitched by the instructor at a level to suit any and every participant's ability and all possible health and safety checks will be professionally carried out. Keeping this in mind whilst your loved one plummets from an aeroplane with a parachute strapped to their back or pilots a helicopter, can often be of considerable peace of mind! However, the available experiences are commonly spaced over something of a 'scale of extremeness,' with many activities ready and prepared for those who are not quite of a mind to become fully fledged adrenaline junkies, though who still would appreciate a taste of the extreme. Accordingly, for those who might not yet fancy a stint performing aerobatics in a Bulldog aeroplane, there are numerous other experiences, such as microlighting and gliding that might be more fitting, enjoyable and make better 18th birthday gifts
Finally, wherever you choose to send the birthday guy or girl and whatever extreme activity you choose for them to engage in, it is most often possible to really make it a group experience by going along with a few friends and family to watch them participate. This is a nice touch and fortunately is included in most programmes – and certainly, there is nothing quite like watching a loved one playing at being Biggles in a Tiger Moth, piloting an Apache or 'Aqua Sphereing' down a hillside in an enormous rubber ball… well, apart from taking part yourself, that is.
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