The per­fect mar­riage of sports and travel

South Shore Breaker - - SPORTS - CON­TRIB­UTED edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

Are you an ama­teur golfer or cy­clist? Keen on ten­nis or car rac­ing? Pas­sion­ate about hik­ing or moun­tain climb­ing? Are you a skilled kayaker or an ex­pert at off-road­ing? No mat­ter which sport you pre­fer, if you also like to travel, sports tourism will cer­tainly be right for you.

As the name sug­gests, sports tourism com­bines the love of sport with a taste for travel. When tak­ing a trip, you can spend part of your time en­joy­ing a ma­jor sport­ing event (the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal, the Tour de France, the Mon­treal Grand Prix, the FIFA World Cup, etc.) and watch­ing your favourite play­ers in ac­tion, all while dis­cov­er­ing a new part of the world and its peo­ples and cul­tures. You’re sure to make last­ing mem­o­ries.

The other part of your trip can con­sist of vis­it­ing a des­ti­na­tion known for breath­tak­ing hik­ing trails (Switzer­land or Peru), su­perb golf cour­ses (Mex­ico and Ire­land, for ex­am­ple) or ex­cel­lent waves (the Ca­nary Is­lands or Costa Rica). You can also ex­plore un­known parts of a new coun­try while do­ing the sport that you love. There are lots of com­pa­nies that spe­cial­ize in sports tourism (trips can last a day, a week, or longer) for ath­letes of all skill lev­els.

In short, sports tourism will al­low you to visit fas­ci­nat­ing new places and meet new peo­ple. It will also feed your pas­sion for sport and keep you in shape dur­ing your va­ca­tion. What more could you ask for?

Con­trib­uted

Sports tourism will al­low you to visit fas­ci­nat­ing new places and meet new peo­ple.

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