10 Amazing experiences where keeping your glasses on can be a challenge
As any glasses-wearer will know, specs can be absolute lifesavers at times - but also a little inconvenient at others. They help us get by on a day-to-day basis, sure, and we'd certainly struggle a lot without them - but I bet most of us wish we didn't have to rely on them so much.
Travelling, in particular, can sometimes prove to be a struggle for the visually-impaired amongst us, especially when there's a physical activity involved. And, as the start of the year is the time for planning ahead and maybe taking a chance at something new, you may be looking at the adventures the world has to offer and thinking, "But how am I supposed to do this with my glasses on?"
Now, you may be very attached to your frames (which is totally understandable, geek chic is where it's at), but there are just some things that are worth swapping them out for contacts. Just take a look through this list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, for example, and then tell us that you're better off sticking with your trusty spectacles...
1. Zipline down a volcano in Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano offers visitors the opportunity to zipline through the surrounding forests - you sure wouldn't want to miss out on that view!
2. Take part in the annual cheese roll in Gloucestershire
It may sound mad, but - deep down - who doesn't want to risk a broken femur for the sake of winning some nice gouda? Broken lenses on the other hand, not so much.
3. Running of the bulls in Pamplona
Think you're tough enough to take on a whole tonne of meat and muscle? Well, here's the thing for you. You really ought to be able to see where you're going, though.
4. Riding Kingda Ka at Six Flags
The tallest coaster in the world might have a lot of people losing their cool, but it'll also have you losing your glasses if you're not careful.
5. Chill out with the apes in Gibraltar
These little guys may look super cute - and they are! - but they will pinch your food/specs/camera faster than you can say, "I wish I'd bought travel insurance!"
6. Get messy at the La Tomatina festival
This one is for everyone who wants to get back at the parents who wouldn't let them play with their food. Not so much for people who insist on wearing their £500 glasses everywhere they go.
7. Bungee jumping in New Zealand
Every experience has its ups and downs - this one more than most! Do we even need to explain why this isn't exactly a glasses-friendly activity?
8. Holi Festival in India
Now celebrated all over the world, Holi is an opportunity to really show your true colours, and you won't want to compromise your vision in any way when experiencing it.
9. Clubbing the night away in Ibiza
While contact lenses aren't a prerequisite for a good night out, clubbing on the sunny island of Ibiza would certainly be improved without having to worry about your specs falling off and getting trodden on. Instead why don't you kick back, grab a cocktail and enjoy the some of the best clubs Europe has to offer!
10. Cycle 'Death Road' in Bolivia
If you're a thrill seeker looking for a serious dose of adventure, then look no further! Cycling Bolivia's 'Death Road' is a notoriously fun way to explore the beautiful South American country, but cycling in glasses is a bit of a no-no. Our advice? Don't look down!
All of these places look truly amazing, it has to be said - but relying on your glasses to experience them fully might be a risky move. So, unless you fancy losing your frames to a wild rock ape or smashing them to smithereens while throwing tomatoes at your friends, you might want to consider investing in some contact lenses at Specsavers.