Let The Sydney 7s Teams From Around The World Inspire Your Next Trip
Add these nations to your travel bucket list.
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What do you know about the International Sydney 7s? If ‘fun, ‘passion’, or ‘outrageous costumes’ is your answer, then you’re right on the money – the Australian leg of the HSBC World Rugby 7s series is just as much a festival event as a sporting shindig, and it’s not far off on the calendar (January 26-28 to be exact).
Cue: three days of fast-moving, free-flowing tournament action, featuring leading men’s and women’s rugby teams from all over the world. In light of this event, we thought we’d use it to spark a little travel inspiration – a look at the international experiences on offer based on a few of the most exciting Sydney 7s teams, and the must-see global destinations they represent.
Yes, the architecture is gorgeous, the meat and wine are some of the best in the world, and tango is par for the course. But perhaps the best reason to throw Argentina on the upper end of your next bucket list is the amazing natural sights on offer: the rushing water of Iguazu Falls, the mighty power of Glaciers National Park, the rugged, otherworldly peaks of El Chalten’s Fitz Roy range as a starting course. Argentina remains a truly incredible South American adventure for lovers of the natural world.
Canadians know how to have a good time, and while its major cities and nightlife make for some of the most sought-after urban encounters on the planet (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver we’re looking at you), it’s Canada’s great outdoors that keeps luring the tourist throngs. The national parks and incredible landscapes are colossal here: the Canadian Rockies, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Niagara Falls and the Cabot Trail, to say nothing of the endless camping and adventure sports options throughout the whole 10 provinces. The ultimate trip to fuse awesome city action with stunning outdoor adventure.
Why the UK? Too many reasons to list here, but its rich history remains perhaps its proudest drawcard. England’s roots go way back, and its relics and landmarks give it an almost mythic status – think Stonehenge, heritage Orkney, and its litany of regal medieval and renaissance structures, from castles to cottages and beyond. (Also, the Royals – they live here. Go pay the Queen a visit).
As far as resplendent tropical island scenes go, Fiji has it made. If pictures of its pure, white sandy beaches aren’t arresting enough, then its turquoise, clearer than crystal (and very swimmable) waters ought to float your boat. Suffice to say, there are few purer places on earth to go snorkelling than Fiji – its 330-odd islands are bursting with sub-surface delights, from shipwrecks to dreamy soft coral. Take some time out and do this vacay right.
For a gastronomic pilgrimage par excellence, make France your main stop-off. Drop into Paris for a slice of culture and romance, then hit the regional back roads from Lyon to Avignon and everywhere in between for an adventure riddled with (arguably, and almost certainly) the best wine, cheese, and provincial decadence in the world. Gourmands unite, for a glorious French delight.
The craic is forever mighty in Ireland, and the hospitality of the Irish is famous. Duck over, then, to the ever-inviting Emerald Isle for a warm, friendly welcome, and a dose of ancient wonder along its countless spectacular road trips, not least of all the mesmerising shorelines of the Great Atlantic Way: 2500km of salt-water wonder where Ireland’s history, culture, and the ancient world meet.
No one needs an excuse to take a trip to Japan. Go for its sense-intoxicating fusion of the ancient and uber-modern – from the neon overloads of sci-fi Tokyo and Osaka, to the samurai tranquillity of Kanazawa Castle and ubiquitous cherry blossom bloom of early April, this eastern wonder is an unforgettable journey. It would be remiss of us also (and downright negligent) not to mention the food. From sushi to okonomiyaki, to the best (and most prevalent) ramen on the planet, your belly thanks you in advance for making Japan your next holiday choice.
It’s been called the home of the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, yet the annual migration of 1.5 million wildebeest across the vast Masai Mara reserve is just one of many life-changing natural experiences you’re likely to come across in Kenya. This is the spot in Africa to take in the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Throw in the odd zebra, giraffe and hippo, and it’s hard to find a more diverse or enthralling safari experience anywhere else on the continent.
Can you say ‘adventure tourism’? Blessed with a stunning array of rugged natural landscapes, New Zealand remains one of the most giving destinations for extreme sport and outdoor adventures. From skiing in Queenstown to whitewater rafting in Rotorua, head to NZ for a high-octane jaunt, with stunning views and natural splendour to boot.
Get your game on and check out the Sydney 7s from 26-28 January at Allianz Stadium. Find out more here.
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