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How To Combine A Passion For Sports With A Love Of Travel

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If you’re a sports lover, you’re always looking for new sports and activities to try out. But after a while, you’ve probably done everything you can do at home. If you’re struggling to find new and exciting sports at home, you can combine your passion for sport with your love of travel and jet off around the world to find exciting new opportunities in new countries. These are some of the best sporting holiday ideas out there right now.

Skiing

The hottest holiday destinations for young people used to be places like Magaluf, filled with hot sun and cheap drinks but in the last couple of years, they’ve started to fall out of fashion. They’re pretty tacky so they’ve been replaced by the skiing holiday instead. The best thing about a skiing holiday is that you can spend all day on the slopes and then enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the evenings so you get the best of both worlds. Some of the skiing destinations around the world can get pretty expensive but there are some good budget options out there. A lot of the French slopes are pricey but you can do it on the cheap if you go to Chatel. They offer a lot of cheap self catered accommodation that really brings the price down. Colorado is another great cheap skiing destination that’s easier to get to as well because the cost of internal flights will be a lot lower and everything the prices are way lower than some of the more popular European destinations.

Scuba Diving

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There’s a whole world under the ocean that hardly any of us get the chance to explore. If you want to see some of the most incredible wildlife in the world, living in environments that look as though they could be on another planet, scuba diving is the perfect holiday for you. You can get some great drysuits from Dive Right in Scuba and head out to some great diving locations. The most famous and probably the best place for scuba diving is the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. The coral reefs there are mind blowing and sure to give you an experience that you’ll never forget. The awe inspiring structures in vivid colors are teeming with incredible sea life for you to see. The only problem with the Great Barrier Reef is that it’s expensive because it’s such a huge tourist attraction, but that’s not the only place you can see coral. The Philippines, Indonesia, and Mexico all have their own coral reefs that are far cheaper to visit. However, the reefs are in danger of dying out completely in the face of global warming so if you want to see them, you don’t have long left.

Running

You hear people talking about walking holidays all the time but people don’t often think about going on a running holiday but they’re great. Walking holidays are a great way to see the landscape of a country but running holidays give you all the same opportunities with the added benefit of covering a lot more ground. The Alps are a great destination for a running holiday if you’re serious about getting a workout because there are some pretty intense hills to climb, but if you can handle that, you’re in for some of the best scenery in the world. Even if you’re not an expert runner, there are some beginner routes as well.

If the Alps are a little out of your price range, why not try Scotland instead? There are some great routes through the Scottish Highlands where you can see some great wildlife including rare birds and even whales on some parts of the coast. The weather can be pretty harsh up there, even during the summer months so if you’re not a fan of the cold, you might want to give this one a miss.   

If you’re interested in improving your skills as a runner as well as seeing some great scenery, Kenya is the place to go. Some of the worlds best runners can be found here and there are some brilliant training courses so you can learn running tips from the best in the business.

Cycling

If running sounds like too much hard work, a cycling holiday might be more your speed. There are some great places to go cycling around the world where you can take in your surroundings while you cruise along. Portugal is one of the best places but the heat is a bit much in the height of summer so it’s best to go in Spring or Autumn. Cycling along the coastal paths is the best way to see the picturesque beaches of the Algarve. If you want to see a few countries along the way, there are some great cycle routes along the Danube river that will take you through Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna if you’ve got enough time for a longer trip. It’s the perfect way to see these great eastern European cities and satisfy your love of sport at the same time. The only thing to remember when it comes to cycling holidays is that if you’re going to take your own bike, you’ll have to think about how you’re going to get it there. Putting it on the plane is going to cost you a lot extra.

White Water Rafting

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For all of the thrillseekers out there a running or cycling holiday might get a bit dull, so why not try something a bit more extreme like white water rafting? There are plenty of great places in the US where you can go white water rafting like like Idaho or the Grand Canyon if you don’t want to spend too much on travel. If you’ve got a bit more cash to spend and you want something more exotic, Chile has some amazing white water rafting spots as well. When you’re white water rafting, it’s pretty dangerous so always make sure you’re taking safety precautions.  

These are all great ways that you can combine your passion for sports with a love of travelling.

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