There is nothing better than a vacation and whether you spend it sitting on the beach, at an amusement park or exploring ancient ruins, a vacation is a chance to let loose and simply enjoy life.
Of course, the best way to plan a successful vacation is to plan it around what you love, and for a true sports fanatic, a holiday just wouldn’t be a holiday with at least one trip to a jam packed stadium.
So where do you go to find the most exciting vacation destination for a sports fan like yourself? Well first off, that would all depend on the sport.
Sites for the soccer fan
If soccer (or football) is your game, there are many amazing places around the world where you can mix your love or the game with a once in a lifetime trip.
A trip to Brazil is at the top of the list for a soccer fan, for the country lives and breathes the sport. In Brazil you will find soccer everywhere you turn, from the jam-packed stadiums to the street corners and sandy beaches, everyone seems to be playing.
But if you want the real experience, be sure to catch a game at the Rio Maracana, the former World Cup stadium that hosts Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco de Gama games.
On the other hand, if you’d rather holiday in Europe there are some fantastic options for soccer fans.
Soak in the streets of picturesque Barcelona, Spain, and buy tickets to a game at Nou Camp, the award winning stadium that hold over 98,000 people. You can even book a soccer holiday package through operators like Thomas Cook Sports that will organize game tickets and hotel packages so you can just sit back and relax knowing all the booking was done ahead of time.
Then again, if you’d rather relish in the history of your favorite sport, plan a trip to the National Football museum in Manchester, England, that just opened in 2011.
Fun for the football fanatic
Do you live for football? If so, it only makes sense that you would want to plan your vacation around it.
If your idea of the perfect vacation is visiting some of the game’s most iconic fields, you have a lot to choose from.
Begin with Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers since 1957. Of course, Green Bay isn’t short of fans, season tickets have been sold out for decades and there is a current waiting list of more than 80,000 people. Qwest Field is where you’ll find the Seattle Seahawks and if you are a fan of football, or simply the movie Rudy Notre Dame Stadium just might be the destination for you.
For the football fans that also enjoy a good Disney holiday, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220-acre complex on Disney property that hosts professional and amateur games, making it the perfect vacation spot for the whole family.
Lastly, for any football fan, a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is an absolute must, seeing as it’s the only NFL museum in the existence. If you visit during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, you can experience a 10 day celebration of players and coaches and the induction ceremony. Do you have your NFL apparel ready?
The best for baseball lovers
Where should you go if your true passion is for baseball? While you could spend your time visiting famous parks and catching games, there is one idea that is really different.
Consider attending a Baseball Greats Cruise which is exactly as it sounds, a cruise with baseball greats.
On such a cruise you will have the opportunity to attend Q and A sessions, player hosted trivia games, story-telling sessions as well as pitching, hitting and defence clinics all hosted by former Yankee star Stan Bahnsen.
Really what could be better for a true baseball fan than spending a week soaking in the Caribbean sun, all while interacting with some of your favorite baseball stars.
There are a lot of exciting options for sport’s themed vacations out there that will remind you why you love sports so much in the first place. All you have to do is pick your game and start planning all the things that will make your next vacation a winner.