According to a study commissioned by online travel agency Agoda this year, trying a new sport is among the top three things on the bucket list of Filipinos 18 to 29 years old.
More unusual travel choices
Whether it’s snowkiting in the Swiss Alps, a trail ride through “ghosts towns” up in the mountains of New Zealand, or a weekend to catch some live rugby action in Japan—you can definitely get your endorphins up as you go on vacation, explore new places, and give a new sport a go. Flip the script on the usual R&R-centric holiday by heading to these sporting destinations.
Go for a bike ride through New Zealand “ghost towns”
Veer away from the typical Kiwi trip itinerary and swap a visit to the Hobbiton movie set for a ride on the wild side. The Old Ghost Road is an 85-km mountain biking and tramping trail on the West Coast of New Zealand, and is the longest single-track route in the country. It is an advanced track and cyclists should be well-prepared before taking the route. Do this, and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking wilderness views.
Where to stay: The Murchison Lodge for a restful night before taking on the 30-minute drive (or warm-upride) to your starting point at Lyell Historic Reserve.
Play with a flaming football in Indonesia
Sepak Bola Api literally translates to, flaming football and is regarded as one of the most popular yet dangerous sports in Indonesia. It is basically the same as regular football in terms of rules but the ball used is made of woven coconut and doused in kerosene which is then set on fire. It is usually played at the start of Ramadan in the regions of Yogyakarta, Bogor, Tasikmalaya, and Papua. Where the skill and finesse off handling the ball with your feet are important in football, in Sepak Bola Api, courage in the face of a flaming ball is what matters the most. - Adrian Soriano
Where to stay: Earn your much needed rest after playing Sepak Bola Api at Melia Purosani Hotel.
Snowkite in Switzerland
Take a break from the usual skiing and snowboarding, and try something new. Snowkiting allows you to explore the mountains while being powered by the wind from a large kite—a relatively easy sport to pick up. And what better place to do that than in the wintry Swiss Alps! Enroll at a snowkiting school close to the town of Brig and enjoy action-packed days.
Where to stay: For award-winning French and Swiss cuisine and a cozy stay, check-in at Hotel Ambassador.
Train in Muay Thai in Phuket
Phuket in Thailand offers more than just amazing beaches and great surf spots. It’s also home to the world-renowned Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp. Get a chance to learn Muay Thai or “The Art of the Eight Limbs,” Thailand’s national sport and cultural martial art, from the masters themselves. They’ve got week-long and month-long training packages for the serious practitioner, but you can also avail of single-class, day pass, and 1-on-1 private training sessions if you just want to give it a try first.
Where to stay: Casa Bella Phuket will be a great home base as it’s less than a 30-minute drive away from Tiger Muay Thai.
Try out Beer Yoga in LA
Beer Yoga revolves around classic poses that would make it possible for you to grab your drink and take a sip. And while it might seem easy at first, trying to balance a tall one can be quite taxing. The degree of difficulty in turn, rewards the yogi with an even more relaxed pose, all the while taking a sip of beer, further relaxing the yogi. The Dudes' Brewing Company is one of a handful of spots in Los Angeles where you can try out this unusual exercise. - Adrian Soriano
Where to stay: The LEVEL Furnished Living Suites is in Downtown LA, and is within arm’s reach of everything else in the city.
Try Dragon Boat Racing in Dumaguete
You don’t have to go too far to experience different sporting events. Dumaguete is gearing up to become the Philippines’ next sports tourism hu. It has played host to a number of sporting events, from the annual Dumaguete Dragon Boat Challenge and the Little League Philippines Series to the National Frisbee Ultimate Championship, and Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour.
Where to stay: Stay at a dive resort like Atlantis Dive Resort Dumaguete.
Witness one of the world’s biggest rugby events in Japan
Japan is most known for its obsession on sports like baseball, and football. That’s why it’s surprising that in Japan, Rugby is one of the most popular sports played. It boasts the 4th most rugby playing population in the world and has been played there for over a century. Take the chance to witness world class rugby in Japan this autumn. Fly out to the Kanagawa prefecture to catch the final match of the tournament at the Yokohama Stadium.
Where to stay: Another interesting experience to try while in Japan is their famed capsule hotels. Stay at Atsugi Capsule Hotel for the duration of your trip for no-fuss, affordable accommodation.
Support out athletes at this year's SEAG
As hosts of the 2019 SEA games, to be held from November 30 to December 11 in various locations, we have the right to pick sports that exemplify our unique culture. One such sport is Arnis, otherwise known as Kali, which is a homegrown Filipino martial art which places emphasis on weapons. It has pre-Hispanic origins, which grew because of the influence of Spanish fencing. The Philippines is expected to dominate this year’s competition just like it did, during 2005, when the country last hosted the event. With this year it’s expected that 20 medals in Arnis will be for grabs. - Adrian Soriano
Where to stay: Book a room at Quest Plus Conference Center Clark, to watch our countrymen win gold.