A lazy, beachy holiday relaxing under the sun, with nothing to do but think about what to eat and drink next, can be exactly what we need. Other times, we may find ourselves desperate to jump into something out of the ordinary that gets the adrenaline pumping. Rather than booking your next travel based on the weather or features of a resort, why not look for an event to attend? Not only does this present opportunities to visit a place you've never been, you can also indulge your passions in the greatest of ways, and come home with memories that will last a lifetime. Event travel also makes for a wonderful bonding experience for a group of friends, your family, or you can go alone to meet like-minded people from around the world.
Let's look at some different types of travel that will make your next trip one to remember.
If you're a sports fan, the most thrilling way to enjoy your absolute favourite would be to attend one of its greatest events abroad. You can travel for single events, like the final of a world championship, or really commit to supporting your team by following them on a tournament tour. If rugby is your game, you can check out England Rugby Tours and have fun choosing your destination. The best part of sports travel is that the excitement doesn't end after the match - you are now free to explore your host city and celebrate with the other fans! You can look for packages that combine the sporting event with great accommodations and an itinerary to get you out to all of the must-see sights.
One of the most exhilarating things you can do in life is take part in a monumental cultural celebration. Imagine the collective energy felt at Holi, the Hindu spring "festival of colours" that takes place in India and Nepal and welcomes all people to come together to celebrate new beginnings by spraying each other with colour while they dance and eat over two days. Then there are those we may be more familiar with and have always wanted to attend but haven't seriously considered making a move, like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. But really, the list of interesting events happening around the world each month is endless. For those who really love to discover new and rich experiences in the world, a culture tour is the way to go.
There are some fantastic music festivals right here in the UK, but there's something about going to another country for a massive party that's hard to resist. For dance music lovers, there are some huge festivals around Europe that last for days, bringing together people from all over the world. If that scene is too intense, you can change up your usual local concert-going by taking a look at your favourite band's next world tour, and planning your next concert according to the destination. Or maybe you have a passion for a particular genre of music and you want to experience it right where it all began? Both jazz and blues fans will be right at home in New Orleans, Louisiana, while mecca for country music is of course Nashville, Tennessee. And for a truly magical experience that anyone would enjoy, it has to be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for their lively and colourful Bossa Nova and Samba clubs, complete with a stunning backdrop of blue ocean and mountains.
A different kind of fun and excitement can be found in helping others in their home countries. At some point, many of us will want to give something back in a big way, and there are many charities that are set up to match you with projects that help communities in developing nations become more self-sufficient, for example. It's tough work, but those who have done it say the rewards are life-changing. It's also an incredible way to learn first-hand about a culture that may have otherwise been unknown to us, and best of all, make new friends.
You can always take a relaxing holiday, but the chance to do something really special in a wonderful new land may only come along once in a lifetime!