For those that like to travel and embrace other cultures, attending one of these major sporting events can be the best opportunity to visit a new place.
If you are a lover of different sports, or just looking for a reason to take a vacation, here are some of the best events worth traveling for.
NFL Super Bowl
American football is the biggest and most cherished sport in the country. The Super Bowl is the championship game at the end of the season that takes place in early February every year.
While the tickets can be expensive or hard to come by, it is worth it to experience the incredible energy and electric atmosphere that can only be found at this event. Fans come from around the US and the world to see the two top teams face off to decide who is truly the best.
The game is hosted in a different city every year, and for the week leading up to the kickoff, the host city turns into a very festive place to be. This is truly one of the most exciting sporting events of the year.
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is an annual tournament held in Dublin. The championship game takes place on the third Sunday of every September, and regularly attracts huge crowds of over 80,000 people.
The atmosphere is incredibly lively and patriotic, with singing and chanting throughout. Football fans traditionally enjoy festivities before and after the match at one of the many taverns around the city of Dublin.
Talking with the locals here is one of the best ways to learn about the past while enjoying the present if you are interested in the history of football in Ireland.
Tour de France
The Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling event in the world, and almost everyone has heard of it. The 23 day, 3,500 kilometre race attracts thousands of spectators every year.
Those that come to watch the event travel from spot to spot, be it to the top of a mountain or in the countryside, waiting to see the group of riders as they cycle by. Over the years, the race has grown to be known as the pinnacle of endurance athletics, and the prestige that comes with winning is enormous.
With almost 200 racers, their assorted team members, all of the media and those that set up the race in town, it can be tricky to plan your accommodations.
The minute the tour is announced, many people rush to start booking hotels, so try to get yours lined up as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.
The US Masters
Golf is a sport that was born in Scotland, but has spread to become a global pastime with many golf resorts and courses found around the world.
The US Masters is one of the four biggest tournaments in the sport of golf. If you enjoy leisurely activities, relaxing on the green and watching your favorite golfer make a hole-in-one, it can be a memorable experience. The atmosphere is normally very exciting, and yet also respectful and tranquil.
You’ll find that the golf courses are not only beautiful, but meticulously maintained and overall just a pleasant place to be. Attending the US Masters can be an excellent way to spend your vacation.
Billabong Pipeline Masters
Surfing competitions are fantastic events to travel for. Of course, surfing fans will make it out to see the competition, but even if you don’t know much about the sport, keep in mind that they are always held at world famous beaches and tropical islands meaning that either way, you can have an amazing vacation.
Pipeline Masters takes place during December in Oahu, Hawaii, and is the 11th stop of the Men’s Championship Tour 2020, and the final event of the 2020 season. If you speak to locals here, they will tell you that the Pipeline is the holy grail of surfing.
While many of these surfing events take place way out from the shore, this event is unique as the waves break just 50 yards from the beach, meaning you can easily see the action unfolding.
The competition is free to watch, and the afterparties are tremendous. If you are looking for a reason to enjoy a tropical vacation in Hawaii, look no further.