The need to feel the wind in your hair is best fulfilled by skydiving, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Get your daily dose of fresh air with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a tandem skydive jump from Daytona Skydive in DeLand (a $210 value).
Daytona Skydive's experienced instructors accompany fledgling flyers on awe-evoking plunges above scenic Daytona Beach areas, using sturdy Sigma tandem parachute systems. During a one-on-one briefing, instructors take about 10 minutes to detail procedures and characterize the experience through a series of whooshing noises. Students don stylish jump suits before embarking on a 15- to 20-minute plane ride, during which groups soar to heights of up to 14,000 feet.
Harnessed firmly to instructors, students leap from planes for a heart-thwacking minute of free fall at speeds of more than 120 mph. Parachutes open approximately 4,500 feet above the ground, allowing customers to waft downward for up to seven minutes before landing softly on a preplanned location. Students should allot four hours for the entire experience to allow for conflicting weather conditions or unexpected attacks from feral helium balloons.