The Rugby World Cup might have come to an end but don’t despair, Lauren Trucksess has rounded up the best of the upcoming sporting events around the world…
Whether you’re a team’s number one fan or just enjoy looking at its players, big sporting events offer a great excuse to travel.
So in the spirit of all things sports, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best events for you to add to your travel bucket list this year.
1. Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, Monaco
This historic race gets things moving in the world’s second smallest country.
The Formula One event has been running since 1929 and is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. Watch the cars speed by from your own yacht and then hit the casinos!
2. Ironman World Championship – Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i
Looking for ANOTHER reason to take a trip to the Big Island?
Check out Ironman’s most iconic event and cheer on some of the toughest athletes as they take on Kona’s lava fields, a 2.4-mile swim and running under the scorching sun. OR just head to the finish line and wait for the celebrations to start.
3. Cricket World Cup – Next in England and Wales, 2019
With one-day games that really last all day, you have to admire that cricket fans are in it for the long haul!
The atmosphere, costumes and musical instruments in the crowds are a trip in themselves and the finals have been held everywhere from England to Barbados, so you’ll bound to go somewhere you haven’t been before.
4. NCAA National Championship – Next in Houston, Texas, 2016
The start of spring brings more than just nicer weather for college basketball fans. It’s also the start of March Madness.
The Big Dance is now one of the biggest events of the year in the States and gets just about everyone filling in brackets, breaking out their alma mater t-shirts and chanting along with the students.
5. The Championships, Wimbledon – London, England
The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world is a great excuse to kick off a summer in England.
Don your dark green and purple and scoop up some traditional strawberries and cream while you keep an eye out for the Royal Family (and the world’s best tennis stars).
6. The Super Bowl – Next in Santa Clara, California, 2016
The culmination of the NFL season has become an unofficial American holiday, with millions celebrating Super Bowl Sunday each year.
Seeing the big game (and the equally famous halftime show) in person is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many football fans, whether they’re tailgating outside or living it up in a VIP club box.
7. The Summer Olympics – Next in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016
We all have our favourite Olympic moments (mine are all related to the amazingness of the 1996 US Women’s Gymnastics team).
So imagine what it would be like to be a part of the real deal. Break out your face paint and flags and get ready to show your national pride while meeting people from all over the world.
8. FIFA World Cup – Next in Russia, 2018
Have you ever thought your holiday needs more vuvuzelas? Then start packing your bags for Russia for the next FIFA World Cup.
There’s no denying the World Cup is on the top of the world event stage, with more viewers than even the Olympics. Even if you don’t make it to the final match, you can enjoy weeks of special events and activities in the host country.
Do you have any additional sporting events to add to the list?
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