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The Craziest Places in the World to Have Sex

Get Down at Your Own Risk

By AnnaMarie Houlis ·
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We’re sure you’ve mused about getting down in elevators, on public transportation, in libraries, against mirrors, out in nature, in the backseat of a car…heck, we all have. But what say we take those generic fantasies up a notch? 

According to a very unscientific criteria, these are officially the craziest places to have sex on earth.

In the world's tallest elevator..

Between the stacks of the world's densest library...

Along the world's most dangerous road...

And...you're starting to see where we're going with this.

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In the Tallest Elevator in the World: Burj Khalifa in Dubai
The Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. But it’s not just any skyscraper; it’s actually the tallest building in the world, and its 163 floors stand at 830 meters tall. That means that, inside, it houses the world’s longest lift—one that operates at a speed of 600 meters per minute. You’ll reach the top in under two minutes, which would certainly take the definition of a “quickie” to an entirely new level. Although you could always just hit all of the buttons to slow it down, and hope that there's no one way waiting on any floor...

Disclaimer: Given the laws and customs in the UAE, it's dangerous to be caught kissing in public, much less caught having sex in a public elevator. So...yeah.

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In the Middle of the Tallest Mountain: Kala Pathar, Mount Everest
If you were to trek Mount Everest, chances are you’re not going to have the energy to have sex at its peak. You’ll also be swaddled in layers of clothes that, if you take off, you’ll probably die due to the weather conditions at that altitude. But if you can make it to Kala Patthar, meaning “black rock” in Nepali and Hindi, there might be an ample opportunity for alpine romance. It’s a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas above Gorakshep. Kala Patthar is one of highlights of an Everest Base Camp trek, and the peak has unparalleled views of Everest. Most people turn around once they summit, but you’ve no reason not to stay a while and reward yourself for trekking Everest base camp like true mountaineers, in the most carnal way possible. 

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Between the Stacks in the World’s Densest Library: The Library of Congress
There’s that age-old fantasy of getting it on behind the shelves in the school library, so why not see that to fruition at the world’s largest public library, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with 34,528,818 volumes to provide cover? The Library of Congress is free and open to the public, so you won’t need any tickets or reservations to enter the Jefferson Building or to visit the public spaces and galleries—but nobody else does, either.  

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In the Middle of the Most Expansive Desert: The Sahara Desert
There's something about being nude in the great outdoors that fuels the soul. Better yet, your chances of getting caught down and dirty in the dunes of the Sahara Desert are slim to none. Humans are few and far between in the 3.5 million-square-mile subtropical expanse in northern Africa, floodlit by a billion stars. Just make sure you bring blankets to keep the sand out of places sand should never be—and beware of the scorpions.  

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Atop the Most Explosive Waterfall: The Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s described it as “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” which translates to “the smoke that thunders.” And the thunder of the roaring falls should drown out any noises you’d be making in the natural swimming pool at its top. That pool is aptly known as Devil's Pool. It isn't known for its subtlety.

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Against the World’s Largest Natural Mirror: The Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
Having sex in front of a mirror: hot, but unoriginal. Having sex against the world's biggest natural mirror: also hot, and very original. The Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats, in the middle of the Andres in southwest Bolivia, are the legacy of a prehistoric lake that dried up and left behind a desert-like, 4,086-square-mile landscape of salt flats and cacti-studded islands. If watching yourselves get it on is what floats your boat, you'll have unequalled views here.

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While Riding the World’s Longest Train Journey: Moscow, Russia to Pyongyang, North Korea
The train journey from Moscow, Russia to Pyongyang, North Korea leaves a lot of time for catching up on all those books you've been meaning to read, binge-watching multiple seasons of your favorite Netflix series and, of course, foreplay. Moscow to Pyongyang is the longest uninterrupted train journey in the world at 6,346 miles—it takes seven days, 20 hours and 25 minutes from Point A to Point B, so you’re really in no rush. But that’s a heck of a lot of time alone in a train car together to explore all of your sexual desires. That said: this is not the train you want to get caught having sex in.

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In the Backseat of a Car Along the World’s Most Dangerous Road: The Death Road
Don’t just have sex in the backseat of the car on any old road. For ample adrenaline, do it while driving along Bolivia’s "Death Road," considered the most dangerous road in the world. "Death Road" is only the nickname given to Yungas Road, due to its notoriously high death rate. The road connects La Paz and Coroico, climbing to around 15,260 feet high at La Cumbre pass before gradually descending to 3,900 feet at the town of Coroico—but the severe change in altitude isn't what gives the road its menacing nickname. It's cut into the side of the Cordillera Oriental Mountain chain, and it's estimated that 200 to 300 drivers are killed yearly; as late as 1994, there were cars falling over the edge at a rate of one every two weeks. So, yeah. Maybe you should just find a quiet place to park first.

AnnaMarie Houlis excels in sleeping in middle seats, occupying shared armrests and asking strangers questions to which they have no answers because they're not watching her airplane movie.

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