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Top Sports You Need To Try And Where To Do So

The world is hopefully starting to open up again and it is a good time to get planning your next trip. If you are itching to get your sports shoes on, pack and bag, and mix some travel with some adrenaline-racing activities then now is the time to get planning! There is nothing quite like doing a sport that is perhaps something completely new that you haven’t tried before, in a new country. Or it could be that you love the sport back home and want to try it where it originated from. If you have spent your last few months becoming a pro at a smaller sport you may want to take your sports to the next level. After all, it’s been a great time to learn new skills such as gymnastics or pickleball, so why not take your sporting love around the globe? Grab those pickleball shoes, get your passport and be prepared to take your skills further with something even more adrenaline-inducing! No matter what the reason is, why not combine travel and sports and find out just what sports you need to try and where to do so once you are allowed again…

Things to remember before going on a sports trip

  • Make sure that you get the relevant travel insurance that covers you for the activities you will be doing
  • Do your research ahead of time – ensure that the activities are running for the duration of your trip
  • Decide if you want to do a solo sports trip or a group one. If you do a group one make sure everyone agrees to the activities ahead of time
  • Check if there is any equipment you will need to take with you for the sporting trip 
  • If you need to fly, make sure you have the relevant baggage allowance to bring your equipment with you
  • Check out any additional costs and if you are required to book ahead of time. Things such as sky diving can often get booked up and might not be able to run on certain days if the weather is bad so check you are prepared for this before your trip

Bungee jumping

When it comes to bungee jumping there are some amazing spots all over the world. It is a great sport for getting your adrenaline racing and it is a once-in-a-lifetime thing (unless you truly love it!) so you want to do it somewhere properly. Some of the best places that you can go for a bungee jump include New Zealand, while you are here you can do the Nevis highwire which is 134 meters and located in the Southern Alps. In Arizona, a popular bungee spot is the Navajo Bridge Idaho which is right beside the beautiful views of the Grand Canyon National Park. Other spots include over the Bhote Kosi river in Nepal, off the Niouc Bridge in Switzerland, and off the Macau Tower in China – this is the highest jumping spot in the world and is in the Guinness book of records!

Zorbing

If hurling down a hill in a plastic sphere has been at the top of your list, then there are many places around the world where you can do this! This activity originated in New Zealand in 1990 and there are many places now that you can partake in it. Some places allow up to three people in one zorb, while in others you will be the only one. Some of the best places to do this include Patong, Phuket at “Rollerball Phuket” which is an activity center. You can also do it in New Zealand at the ZORB Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty. In the Philippines, they have a place called “Ride the Zorb” and in the USA there are many locations such as Eagle Falls Ranch in Missouri, Ski Roundtop in Pennsylvania, and ZORB Smoky Mountain in Tennessee.

Slacklining

Slacklining is another great sport that is guaranteed to give you an adrenaline rush like no others. It requires you to balance yourself on a nylon webbing that is stretched tightly between two poles and you need to balance to walk over it. Some of the top places to do this includes the Yosemite Valley in California. While here you can enjoy stunning views as you attempt the sport. Moab Desert in Utah is another thrilling destination and is known as the Fruit Bowl where there are multiple adventurous sports on offer here. The French Alps in France, Seal Rocks in Australia, and Lake Tahoe in California are all amazing places to get your slacklining adrenaline rush too. They are beautiful but also great places to go and slackline.

Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a fantastic sport and one that combines fitness with fantastic views and the chance to get out on the water. You can paddle through smooth waters and then just float about taking in the views or jumping into the water if you are looking to cool off. It is a great group activity too. There is a myriad of places all around the world that you can do paddleboarding and it is a sport that is great for those of all levels. You could try it in Palm Beaches in Florida, or under the mountain views of St Moritz in Switzerland. You could head out on the board while visiting South Beach in Miami, or glide through Sunset Beach in Oahu Hawaii which is also known as one of the best places in the world for paddleboarding.

Skydiving

If it is an adrenaline-inducing sport that you are after, look no further than a skydive. There are a host of places all around the globe that you can go skydiving and it is the closest you will ever get to being able to fly. Those few seconds when you free-fall are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, then as soon as your parachute opens you can feel totally at peace as you glide through the air. In the world, there are a plethora of incredible places that you can do a skydive. This includes Mission Beach in Australia which is one of the most scenic locations and you land right onto powdery white sands. You could also do it on Denarau Island in Fiji where the water is so clear you can see the fish and coral and the views are breathtaking. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Fox Glacier in New Zealand, and Mount Everest in Nepal are some other incredible places where you can get your skydiving adrenaline hit.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting is another adrenaline-inducing sport that you need to try. White Water Rafting is essentially when you sit in a dinghy with other people and race down rapids and through streams. There are a host of routes and places you can do this around the world meaning you can do some sightseeing as well as getting your adventure achievement ticked off! Colorado River in the USA is one of the top whitewater rafting destinations and stretches over 277 miles along northern Arizona including through the Grand Canyon. The Rio Upano route in Ecuador allows you to travel past dense rainforest, narrow canyons, and the Namangosa Gorge where you can see waterfalls and stunning views at every turn. Other great locations include the Chilko River in Canada, Noce River in Italy, and the North Johnstone River in Australia.

Downhill mountain biking  

Mountain biking is a great sport for adrenaline junkies and is a great one to do with others. You will get the chance to travel routes that you can’t get to by foot, feeling the wind in your face as you speed down a variety of different adrenaline-inducing trails.  Why not try out the Old Ghost Road which is a trail in New Zealand that is famous for its stunning rainforest views and hills. Mefjellet in Norway is another favorite site and you can check out the beautiful water of the fjord as you bike through snow-capped peaks.DH Bolivia’s so-called Death Road is one of the most popular activities for mountain bike enthusiasts and backpackers that visit the island looking for something to really get the blood pumping. There is also the Whistler Mountain Bike Park in Canada which is popular in the summer where its winter ski runs turn into incredible biking trails designed specifically for the warmer months. Other areas for mountain biking include the 401 trail in Colorado, Tizi Mezzik Pass in Morocco, and Cotopaxi in Ecuador.

These are a few of the top sports you need to try and the best places for you to try them. Sport is something that you can never tire of and by combining it with seeing some of the most amazing places on earth you are on for a winning combination! It is just important you check out the travel restrictions that are in place at the time of travel. Which sport do you most want to try? Have you tried it at home but are looking to go somewhere else?  Let me know in the comments!

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