Most people spend their holidays lounging by the pool or checking out historical sites. However, for some travellers, a holiday is more than just an opportunity to relax and unwind – it’s a chance to witness the top athletes in the world doing what they do best.
2014 has already been dubbed the year of the sporting holiday, due to the variety of major international competitions that will be taking place across the world. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to cheer on the green and gold in a glamorous foreign country, here are some ideas.
The Winter Olympics in Russia (February 7 – February 23)
Russia in mid-winter might not sound like the most appealing holiday destination, but in 2014 the city of Sochi will be firing up with the launch of the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7. More than 2,500 athletes are set to attend the event, including a bunch of determined Aussies!
The best part about attending the Winter Olympics is that you’ll be able to take in a wealth of different sporting disciplines on your holiday. From skiing to bobsledding to figure skating, there’s sure to be a sport that will capture your imagination and have you cheering along.
The X-Games in Austin (June 5 – 8)
If you’re the kind of person who likes to watch sports with the volume cranked up high and the adrenalin pumping, then the X-Games is the event for you. Essentially the Olympics of extreme sports, the X-Games is an annual celebration of some of the craziest and most death-defying sports on earth.
In 2014 the annual X-Games will be taking place in Austin, Texas, where disciplines will include competitions with names like “BMX Big Air” and “Skateboard Street”.
The FIFA World Cup in Brazil (June 12 – July 13)
This is the big one, the granddaddy of all sporting events, the tournament that brings the world to a halt. The FIFA World Cup is without a doubt one of the most anticipated sporting competitions on Earth, and in 2014 it will be taking place in Brazil – considered by many to be the spiritual home of football.
Kicking off with the opening ceremony on June 12, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will run for an entire month of top-level competition. Best of all, our very own Socceroos have booked their place in the tournament and will be playing off against the likes of Mexico and Japan in what are sure to be must-see games.
The Commonwealth Games in Scotland (July 23 – August 3)
Scotland – as a nation steeped in history and culture – makes a great holiday destination at any time of year. This July, however, the world famous city of Glasgow will become a true sporting hub as it hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
70 nations in total will be competing in the Games, including Australia and New Zealand. As the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of kilts and bagpipes on display during this two-week sporting extravaganza.
The Women’s Rugby World Cup in France (August 1 – August 17)
Here in Australia, it’s usually the mighty Wallabies that get all the attention when it comes to the sport of Rugby Union. However, did you know that Australia also boasts a world-class women’s rugby team as well? That’s right, and in 2014 the Wallaroos will be representing us in France at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The Aussie women will be looking to improve on their 2010 World Cup performance, when they placed third after narrowly missing out to England in the semi-finals. It’s likely they’ll have to go through the all-conquering New Zealand team to do so, which is why they’re going to need your support come August!
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Where do you want to go for a sporting holiday in 2014?