Looking for a reason to travel? These 10 great sporting events around the world provide ample reasons to attract and thrill the sports aficionado in you. So make your next trip all about travel, adventure and sports! Now that’s a deadly combo.
Great sporting events around the world
- The IPL:
You are in luck! The Indian Premier League (IPL), the biggest cricket extravaganza, is being played across stadiums in the country. This professional Twenty20 cricketing league in India has generated massive buzz all over the world, with international cricketers playing for different IPL teams representing different cities. The shorter format of the IPL makes it viewer-friendly, and also makes for a nice day out with family or friends. The finals will be held in Hyderabad – a perfect reason to catch some cricket and explore the City of Pearls. And while you are there, don’t forget to try the famous ‘Hyderabadi Biryani’.
Dates: 5 April-21 May 2017
- Monaco Grand Prix:
You simply cannot miss the razzle-dazzle and glamour of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix race. The ambience of the Grand Prix is full of excitement, with passionate fans on the ground, cheering for their favourite racers. Book your tickets now to ensure that you make it to the races in May. Located on the French Riviera, this scenic location also offers picturesque landscapes featured in major Hollywood films, ornate casinos, luxurious shopping options and a lot more. Throw in a Mediterranean cruise to the mix and this will be the holiday of a lifetime!
Dates: 25-28 May 2017
- The U.S. Open (Golf):
This year, the U.S. Open (Golf) will be held in the charming and green American state of Wisconsin. This championship has a rich legacy and has been attracting sports fans since 1895. It is a tough test for the world’s best golfers and boasts of an illustrious list of past champions. This one is a must watch! Located in the Midwest region of the U.S., Wisconsin borders two of the Great Lakes – Michigan and Superior. It is famous for its cheese and is also known as America’s Dairyland. Combine this sporting extravaganza with a dream trip to the U.S.
Dates: 12-18 June 2017
- Tour de France:
The cyclists taking part in this historic and challenging 104-year-old race cover four countries in 2017 – France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. This event rewards high endurance and has had some legendary champions in the past. This year, the route has nine flat stages, five hilly stages and five mountain stages with just two rest days! Starting in Dusseldorf, Germany, this is a must-see for all you cycling fans out there. Apart from the event,there is a lot to see and do as these four countries are extremely popular European tourist sites.
Dates: 1-23 July 2017
- Wimbledon Championships:
Did you know that the Wimbledon tennis championship was the most attended UK sport event of 2016? That’s right! An astounding 494,000 people went out to watch lawn tennis at its finest. Wimbledon has become more than a sport; it is now a tradition with its own rituals. Enjoy strawberries and cream while you soak in the lovely ambience. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the UK – consisting of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has something for everyone to enjoy!
Dates: 3-16 July 2017
- World Athletics Championships:
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has decided to hold this year’s World Athletics Championships in London. This will be the last championship for legendary sprint runner Usain Bolt and spectacular long distance runner Mo Farah, so make sure that you are there to witness history in the making. Being one of the most visited cities in the world, London is a magnet for all kinds of travel enthusiasts. Be it music, food, history or sport, you will get the best of everything.
Dates: 4-13 August 2017
- The Olympics:
The Olympic Games are a celebration of the values of sportsmanship, cooperation and the spirit of excellence. After the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics that will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. There will be 15 sports categorised into three different categories – ice sports, snow sports and sliding sports. Make a family vacation out of your trip and create memories to last a lifetime.
Dates: 9-25 February 2018 (Winter Olympics)
- Australian Open (Tennis):
The first tennis Grand Slam of the year is always exciting. It sets the tone for the engaging rivalries to watch out for, the champions you seek to support and the game that draws you right into the action. So if you are a tennis fan, think about planning a trip Down Under to see the next Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. Apart from the tennis, relish the relaxing beaches, explore the wild outback and cuddle a koala! Book your tickets now.
Dates: 15-28 January 2018
- FIFA World Cup:
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is probably the only sporting event common to the ‘must-watch’ list of children, teens, adults and elder adults alike. With everyone rooting for their teams, passionate cheering filling the stadium air and celebratory post-match drinking and feasting rituals, what’s not to love? Russia is hosting the next World Cup so here’s your chance to explore the world’s largest country. Steeped in history and culture, this country offers something for all travel enthusiasts. Go skiing or climb an active volcano, learn more about literary heroes or traverse the rural landscape, Russia is a hidden travel gem!
Dates: 14 June-15 July 2018
- NBA Finals:
The American National Basketball Association (NBA) finals have a global fan following. The games have highlighted some of the best talent in North American basketball such as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Tony Parker. Unlike other championships which have a finale, the NBA finals are a series of seven games played between the Western and Eastern Conference Champions. Stay glued to the ongoing season to find out who will be in the finals. Combine this thrilling championship along with a series of must-do trips in the US.
Dates: From 1 June 2017