South Africa diversions

Why Sports Events Create Amazing Travel Experiences

When travelling to attend a sports event, it offers a completely different experience to the one you’d get if you were just going on a vacation to that same place, says Duane Penner, Roadtrips’ Head of Sales. “A lot of these events are held in once in a lifetime destinations, and as they vary greatly from year to year, it’s always a completely different experience even if you go to every World Cup or every Summer Games.”

Take for example the past three Soccer World Cups, held in South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014, and to be held in Russia in 2018. You couldn’t get three more different destinations, each offering very unique experiences, cultures, and diversions. Being in those amazing bucket-list worthy places while something as incredible as one of the ultimate sporting events means that you couldn’t be visiting at a more exciting time. You get to see that destination at their polished best, and when the majority of the population is thrilled to be hosting international visitors.

What elevates taking one of these trips is when you’re at that destination with hosts who know exactly how to show you the best possible time in that destination, how to guide you through any potential sticky situations, gets you into the best hotels and restaurants, and can hook you up with experiences that you might not otherwise be able to find. This is where Roadtrips excels.

To give a few examples, during the last World Cup, we got one of the local soccer teams to put on clinics on Copacabana Beach for our guests and their families, organized surf lessons, and had guests hang-gliding from Pedra Bonita in São Conrado. In South Africa, between the matches we visited wildlife refuges and hung out with big cats and elephants, and took a bike tour of Soweto.

So yes, you’re in that destination for the games, of course, but by creating a luxury and very personalized experience for their guests, Roadtrips makes every trip a big deal once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never fully get over. Until you attend the next one of course, and have the time of your life there too. Click through for information on our 2016 Summer Games Packages or 2018 World Cup Travel Packages, or here to browse the other world class events we’re attending.

When I started researching this trip over 2 years ago, I truly had no idea what to expect. Your team, especially Kate in the lead up to our travels did an outstanding job of communicating and putting us at ease. Traveling with three kids can be daunting in familiar environments, so we were somewhat anxious about this trip, especially with it being such a large international event in a foreign country. The efforts made by you both went above and beyond our expectations and we are truly grateful for your efforts, professionalism and maybe most of all, your kindness to our family. To say we had an unforgettable experience doesn’t do the journey justice. I just wanted you to know that your hard work did not go unnoticed.
— Mark Lasky, 2014 World Cup