Thinking of getting tickets to your favourite sporting event in 2011? We tell you what you and your partner – or friends – can do between sets or innings at these Top 5 sporting event destinations.
Online travel company Expedia says these international destinations have plenty of relaxing or cultural activities to indulge in.
Event: The Australian Open (Tennis)
Where & When: Melbourne, Australia from Jan 17 – 30
Watch the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. But between sets, explore some of Melbourne’s best shopping avenues and restaurants. Visit the Eureka Tower for a 360 degree view of the city, or take a dip at St Kilda beach.
Event: Cricket World Cup
Interact with elephants at the Pinnawella orphanage
Where & When: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka from Feb 19 – April 22
The cricket World Cup will be held here in Mumbai, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well. So if you’re planning to travel to catch a match live, visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawella, Sri Lanka, explore historic Old Dhaka in Bangladesh or if you already haven’t, take a ferry across from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Island, the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Event: FA Cup Final (Football)
Head to Kensington Palace for the Enchanting Palace design exhibition
Where & When: London, England on May 14
As if the FA Cup finals aren’t incentive enough, it’s also the beginning of the English summer in May. This year, the finals will be held at London’s Wembley Stadium, so plan your vacation to include The Enchanted Palace exhibition where British couture designers such as Vivien Westwood will showcase designs at Kensington Palace or go for Shrek The Musical.
Event: Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix (Motor racing)
Head for the Monte carlo casino before and after the races
Where & When: Monaco from May 26 – 29
Before the Formula 1 race, mingle with the international jet set, gamble at the famous Monte Carlo casino and dine at luxurious restaurants. The racing is held over three days so there’s plenty of time to explore this city and visit places such as Lavartto Beach or the Exotic Garden.
Event: The British Open Championship (Golf)
Visit Kent’s stately homes
When & Where: Kent, England from July 14 – 17
For four days, the town of Sandwich in Kent will be transformed into a hub for the world’s golfing enthusiasts as they eagerly await the next champion to raise the Claret Jug. While visiting Kent, history buffs will be able to visit some of England’s most spectacular castles, gardens and historical houses.