As of 2003, the World Sports Encyclopedia said that there were at least 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games. This means that there are likely to be millions of sports lovers around the world who can enjoy the different sports that are out there. Another thing about sports is that they all have different dynamics in terms of how and where they’re traditionally played. While some are played indoors, others are created to be engaged in outdoors.
In case you happen to be a lover of outdoor sports, here are four you can try, as well as the best places to do them at.
One sport that you should think about doing is outdoor cycling. This is something that can be extremely fun and demanding on your body if you want a physical challenge. Cycling can be demanding on you physically, mentally and logistically, but in the same respect, it can be rewarding. Having said that, if you’re a beginner there is the option of slow cycling at your own pace, so don’t feel pressured.
Where to cycle
- The Friendship Highway in China
- The Shimanami Kaido in Japan
- The South Downs Way in England
- The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in North America
Golf is a popular sport, and seeing as it’s been around for so many decades, it’s no surprise. In case you’ve never played golf before, the primary objective of the game is to get the lowest net score after all of the scores for each hole in the tournament are totaled.
If you’re a golfing pro, then pack up your best golf irons, drivers and putters, and set across the world so that you can experience some of the best golfing locations out there.
Where to golf
- Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey
- Muirfield Village Golf Club in Scotland
- Pebble Beach Golf Links in California
Surfing is a fun, exhilarating and mesmerizing sport. You can grab a board, jump into the sea and experience gliding on water. There are many surfing schools throughout the world, and during the summer months, many beaches (especially in Australia) are overrun by surfers hoping to dominate the gnarliest of waves.
Where to surf
- Pipeline in Hawaii
- Maverick’s in California
- Uluwatu and Kuta in Indonesia
Another enjoyable outdoor sport that’s quite popular especially in the alps is skiing. If you’re a beginner, before skiing outdoors, you may want to practice on an indoor slope. You’re going to need skis, a board, helmet, boots, and poles. Many resorts are accommodating to beginners, with classes and lessons available. For professionals, there are many slopes and mountainsides worldwide, waiting to be conquered.
Where to ski
- Whistler in Canada
- Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy
- Niseko in Japan
- Telluride in Colorado
- St Anton in Austria
Before you head to any of the disclosed locations, be sure they suit your experience levels. The last thing you want to happen is to turn up to a mountain that is fair out of your comfort zone.