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True white-knuckle adventure comes without a premium

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Mehhh to your big-wave surf trips on the wild Sumatran coast. Forget about your gruelling one-month Spanish Camino trail hikes. Not impressed by your sub-polar boat voyages to see the penguin colonies of Tierra del Fuego (and also not impressed that you pronounce it correctly as “Tierra del Fwwego” like a big dopey Elmer Fudd).

If you really want to experience extreme white-knuckle adventure, then I dare you to attempt what I did just last week: driving around the central coast of New South Wales in a rental car ... with no insurance. Now that’s hardcore travel, man. That’s facing the limits of human fear. That’s touching the void.

The thrills began as soon as we landed at Sydney Airport.Credit:Wolter Peeters

The thrills began as soon as we landed at Sydney Airport and my beloved and I strolled up to the car rental desk. I knew what I was about to do and my heart was pounding, my legs were jelly – I........

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