There is perhaps no better way to express your passion for your chosen sports team than to travel and see them perform abroad. Not only is this a great opportunity to cheer them on against foreign opposition, but it is also a chance to combine your passion for sports with a passion for travel.
People travel for all sorts of reasons to see the world, to visit family, to educate themselves or just to get away from it all. However, one of the most exciting reasons to travel is to witness sport. Whether you support a domestic football team playing in the Champions League, or the British and Irish Lions taking their inimitable brand of rugby to the classic opponents across the world, sports travel is a uniquely memorable experience. However, these trips do not need to be sports-exclusive; the big match might be the main reason for the visit but it gives you plenty of excuses to explore the local area, engage with the customs and sample some of the traditional culture. There are many sports that lend themselves particularly well to international travel.
Rugby is a fantastic sport for travel, whether you fancy a trip within the British Isles, a jaunt over to the European continent or a real globetrotting experience. The Six Nations Tournament is a fantastic excuse for some more short-haul trips. The participating countries are England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy and with matches usually held in their respective capitals, these clashes have an unparalleled atmosphere and offer a chance to explore some of Europe’s most exciting major cities. Further afield, rugby is a sport enjoyed in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, to name but three and the Rugby World Cup or the British and Irish Lions offer a chance to see what the world has to offer in terms of the game and the atmosphere surrounding it.
Cricket is a sport with its roots deep in English history but is now enjoyed in many former outposts of the British Empire, dotted around the globe. As with rugby, Australia is one of the most prominent and the Ashes series is a tournament which pits the original cricketing nation against one of its most successful export destinations in perhaps the world’s oldest international sporting rivalry. Not only is this a chance to see some of the most interesting cities down under but it is also an opportunity to be a part of an incredible sporting event. Other old colonies which have taken cricket to their heart include India, Pakistan and the West Indies; each of which have plenty to offer as general travel destinations, even without the cricket.
Overall, travelling to follow sport is a unique adventure that should be memorable for all the right reasons. From the Ashes to Six Nations clashes, professional sports tour companies are often the best way to travel; they take the stress out of arranging transport and accommodation and often include game tickets and exclusive bonuses too.
Martin George writes regularly on cricket and rugby tours for several sports travel websites and blogs. He has witnessed more Ashes series than he cares to remember and certainly knows an awful lot about travelling abroad to follow a passion for sport.