How Stunt Vacations Work

High-Speed Car Chases and Other Cinematic Stunt Activities

Drive or ride along in a stunt car.
Drive or ride along in a stunt car.

Depending on your comfort and desired adrenaline levels, you'll find various combinations of stunts and extreme, stunt-like activities offered on these trips. Some stunts are taken straight out of movie production, while others are slightly more commonplace, like skydiving and bungee jumping. So before we get into the specifics of signing up for one of these packages, we'll talk about some of the activities you might encounter, assuming you're still feeling brave enough.

What are action movies renowned for? Car chases and fights. It should be no surprise, then, that stunt driving and stunt fighting reign as the two most popular movie-related activities available for stunt vacations. Stunt-driving programs strive to give you "The Fast and The Furious" experience as you navigate the road course firsthand or ride shotgun with a professional stunt driver. Slap on your fireproof suit, hop into the cockpit of your "Days of Thunder" race car and speed around hairpin turns as you navigate the special stunt driving racetrack.

Stunt fighting adventures range from hand-to-hand combat to the use of swords or lightsabers. Both stunt instructors and other vacationers will spar with you in a professionally choreographed fighting scene. You can even mimic the fighting style of Neo in "The Matrix" -- a stunt for which you'll be strapped into a harness and suspended in the air with pulley-supported wires. This is known as wire flying.

In the cinema, high-speed car chases and fighting scenes often lead to people being set on fire and falling off of buildings. Don't worry -- your stunt vacation doesn't need to be any different. You can actually be set on fire in a stunt affectionately named the "Human Torch." Not many stunt companies offer the unique experience of being set on fire, but if you decide to try it, you may want to check your company's survival rate first.