You don’t truly know a city until you’ve seen its sport!
Generally people travel because they are searching for something different. Unfortunately, despite their best intentions they inevitably end up seeing more of the same. Sure, when you head away to a new place you want to see the main attractions and partake in the normal ‘top 10’ activities: Beaches, zoos, shopping & lining up (…a lot of lining up). The problem is, you’ve travelled to this place to see something different, yet you end up surrounded by a bunch of tourists looking for the same thing. The question we ask is: Where are the locals?
Is this truly reflective of the city? Do you hear any local accents?
When you attend a sports event in a town, you can expect a genuinely unique experience. The locals ARE there, and they turn up every single week. You will get the passion and excitement you would expect from a tourist attraction, however the cultural experience you gain in the process will be hard to beat. Form your opinions of the city here, among locals, not at the ‘attractions’ among tourists and guide books. Sport knocks down boundaries and connects people like very few other things. It’s time to put yourself in the game.
So, if you are planning a trip, you should make sure you include a stop at a local sports event. It is one of your best opportunities to do something authentic with the locals from that town or city. A very useful site to help you plan your local and authentic sporting experience is SportsWhereIAm.com.
This post was contributed by our host sponsor SportsWhereIAm, who believes that to truly know a destination is to know the locals, understand the customs, the rituals and where to eat and of course, which team to follow. You can also follow them on Twitter @sportswhereiam.