5 Of The Most Fun Sports, You’ve Never Played

Having played hundreds of games from when you were a kid, it might sound awkward hearing that there could be a fun sport out there that you are yet to play or even hear about. The truth, however, is that you haven’t even scratched the surface of the sporting world. Besides hockey, basketball, football, soccer, and baseball, there are many sports that will obsess you once you learn about them. You will realize that people continue to create new sports as they try to come up with fun and cost-effective outdoor activities, both for adults and kids. So, if you are tired of playing the same old games, you are welcome to sample one or several of the 5 fun sports discussed below.

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Hungerball Soccer

 You will need a regular soccer ball and an inflatable circular Hungerball arena- some kind of a circular bouncing castle- in order to play this game. The arena has 5 goal openings that are evenly spaced around the arena’s circumference. This is a social game because it involves 6 players; five goalkeepers who defend each of the 5 goals and one attacker who plays from the center and tries to score in any of the 5 goals.

The game starts with the attacker standing at the center in possession of the ball, then all the goalkeepers advance towards him/her with the goal of pushing him/her as far away from the goal as possible. Note that none of the players has the right to touch the ball with their hands not unless it rolls out of the field of play. The attacker gains a point when he/she scores and then trades places with the goalkeeper who he/she scored against. That keeper does not only become the attacker but also loses a point.

Ideally, a Thunderball game should last 15 minutes, with the players ranked from 1st to 6th depending on how many points one earned before the game time ran out.

Paintball

Ditch your old work out plan and embrace the coolest sport in town- paintball. This game involves players who shoot at each other using paintball guns. It is fun when you play as a team, although some people opt to play with every man for himself. The goal here is to dodge “bullets” and shoot as many participants as possible. A player becomes inactive after he/she is shot. And because the sport involves a lot of diving, sprinting, and crawling- fundamentally all warzone stuff, it gives you the chance to have a full-body workout while having fun with people closest to your heart.

Croquet

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This sport used to be popular in the mid-20th century but it has gradually been forgotten as more exciting, new sports continue to be discovered. Many people nowadays have never heard of it, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Traditionally, croquet was played casually in the backyard, especially during family parties. It requires participants to play balls through gates, mostly by hitting them with mallets. Once a player plays his/her balls through all the gates, he/she is then required to hit his/her ball off the center peg in order to win the game.

Swamp soccer

This is ordinary soccer only that it isn’t played on a regular soccer pitch. It involves getting yourself dirty in a giant pool of muddy water. All normal soccer rules are applied here. Good luck finding your stability in the absence of grass.

Yankball

 A yankball can be a special spherical ball or just an ordinary soccer ball. The goal here is to bounce the yankball into 3 feet by 6 feet box that’s painted on a wall, 4 feet above the floor. The game involves two opposing teams that comprise of four players each. A point is scored when the ball bounces into the painted box, with the team that scores the most points within a 40-minute period winning the game. Note that the ball cannot be kicked into the goal. It can only be passed around by running, throwing, or heading it towards the goal or to a member of your team. It is also illegal to pass the ball backward.

Conclusion

Did you find any of your favorite sports on the list? Probably not. It is now time to ditch the big five sports- hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, and football- and explore other fun sports. The mainstream sports aren’t necessarily fun by the way.

 

Lirika Hart is a young ambitious girl who has been researching self-development for the past three years and is now focusing on her career. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; “Because of you, I never gave up.”

Pet-Friendly Hotels: Where to Travel to in Europe

Pet owners are familiar with how difficult it is to go traveling and leave your furry companion alone. This can affect both the length and the quality of your holiday, and while you can leave them in the hands of a trusted person there is a better option – traveling with them!

While not every accommodation allows pets there are plenty which does, and Taxi2aiport.com decided to have a look at the European countries with the highest and lower number of pet-friendly hotels. Simultaneously, they looked at which countries have the most and least 5-star hotels, for those who want a luxurious experience for themselves and their pets.

To get the data, Taxi2airport.com had a look at Booking.com for the number of accommodations that allow people to bring their pets along, for all the countries in Europe. No particular dates were chosen, so the results showed all the accommodation available in those areas.



 

So, what are the European countries with the highest number of pet-friendly hotels?

 The study has revealed that the country with the highest number of pet-friendly hotels is Italy, with 18,176 hotels available at the time of the research.

In second place is Russia with 10,831 hotels, followed by Poland (8,521 hotels), Croatia (7,794 hotels) and Spain (6,945 hotels).

When it comes to the countries with the fewest pet friendly hotels, these are revealed to be:

Greece (2,733 hotels), United Kingdom (2,690 hotels), Serbia (2,638 hotels), Slovakia (2,493 hotels) and Romania (2,448 hotels) were revealed to be less pet-friendly for travellers.

However, if you would still like to visit these countries, don’t be afraid, there are still plenty of hotels to choose from.

Which countries have the highest-rated pet-friendly hotels?

When it comes to quality, the country with the highest number of 5-star pet-friendly hotels is France, with 217 hotels. In second place is the United Kingdom with 166 5-star hotels, followed by the country with the highest number of hotels, Italy (157), proving they are not only about quantity, but quality as well.

Our top tips for traveling with a pet

1 – Know embassy requirements

If you are looking to travel abroad with your pet, make sure you know the requirements of the country you are looking to travel to, as some have different laws than others, such as quarantine times and shots for
your pet.

2 – Have a health certificate

You will be required to have a health certificate for your pet by not only airline and border authorities but also hotels and pet care centrals, so don’t forget yours. Have an electronic copy of it as well if possible.

3 – Check with the airline

Just like for people, airlines have traveling requirements for pets too, so make sure you check with the airline what theirs are, such as pet carrier dimensions and health certificates.

4 – Have a pet first aid kit

You never know when an emergency can occur, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.


For more information don’t hesitate to get in touch!

How much baggage gets lost at international airports?

It’s a traveler’s worst nightmare: you are the last person standing at the baggage reclaim when slowly, you realize that your luggage is not coming at all. If your baggage is lost on your outbound flight, you immediately face extra costs. You’ll have replacement clothing and toiletries to buy, and then the challenges you’ll face when returning home.

Is this an issue faced by travelers worldwide? And how do you get your baggage back if it’s lost? Taxi2Airport decided to look into this issue as a follow-up to the recent SITA-report: ‘Baggage IT Insights 2019’.

How much baggage is lost worldwide?

Worldwide, the number of passengers choosing to fly increased by 76 percent over a decade, from 2.48 billion in 2007 to 4.36 billion in 2018. Where the number of baggage issues totalled 46.9 million in 2007, this number actually fell in 2013 to around 22 million pieces of baggage either lost or damaged. However, the problem has grown again over the last six years – reaching around 25 million reported issues in 2018.

 

The number of problems with baggage fell for several years, despite the huge increase in passenger numbers. The decrease was mainly due to better infrastructure, smarter sorting techniques, and new automated processes. However, it has been rising more recently due to an even larger increase in the number of airline passengers.

Issues with baggage defined

Baggage issues can be defined as: delayed baggage, damaged baggage, baggage of which (part of the) content is obscured and the most inconvenient for travelers: lost or stolen baggage. Fortunately, this last category limits to only 5 percent of the total issues, but still amounts to no less than 1.25 million pieces of baggage per year.

 

Issues with baggage

A small proportion of issues with baggage is caused by malfunctions within systems (3 percent). Last year large-scale incidents were reported at several European airports. For example, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, London Gatwick and Heathrow Airport all had major problems with their baggage systems last summer, leaving passengers without their luggage for days, or not receiving it at all.

List of issues

  • Issues with transfer 46%
  • Issues with loading 16%
  • Errors with ticket or security 16%
  • Customs and Weather 9%
  • Errors on the tag 5%
  • Issues with arrival 5%
  • Error with systems 3%

Continental differences

Europe has the largest share of baggage issues with about 7.3 million pieces affected over the last year. This makes Europe the largest worldwide contributor. North America had 2.85 million pieces of baggage with issues and Asia totaled about 1.8 million pieces.

The worldwide share of problems has remained static since 2007. At the time, Europe had 16.6 million pieces of baggage with issues, in retrospect, North America had issues with 7 million pieces and Asia had issues with 3 million pieces.

 

What does the future look like?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently agreed upon a resolution with its affiliated members, including airlines and airports, to fully track baggage from A to B in order to reduce the number of items with issues. Eventually, all connected members will implement a system that uses RFID-chips over the next couple of years.

For example, travelers can use their smartphones to track their baggage in real-time and see exactly where their luggage is in the sorting process. This causes less stress at the baggage reclaim and hopefully fewer items becoming lost or stolen.

Lost baggage, what to do?

Airports generally have lost and found departments, where you can hopefully reclaim your lost items of baggage. However, as a traveler, you should not wait too long, because after a certain time your luggage can, in some cases, become the property of the airport.

For example, Schiphol Airport has a policy that lost baggage becomes their property after three months. Schiphol auctions these items four times a year at the Veilinghuis de Eland auction house in Diemen. Other airports such as Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Aeroporti di Roma have similar policies.

8 Epic Adventures To Try During Your Life

Is there an adventure that you wish you could accomplish before you settle down in marriage or before age ties you down to your home compound? If yes, the worst thing that can happen to you is the failure to undertake that venture or at least give it a try. Many people who fail to chase their dream end up regretting their decision later in life, when they are old and tired. Don’t be like them; stop procrastinating and go find that adventure. Even if you don’t have the fortune to spend on adventure, you still can actualize your dream if you put your mind to it.

This post seeks to push you out of your comfort zone by highlighting 8 epic adventures that you ought to try before you die.

Hop on an Antarctic cruise

Arguably one of the coldest places on the milky galaxy, Antarctica isn’t on the travel bucket list of many travelers. If you want to do something that will give you the bragging rights among your close associates, then this would be a great adventure to undertake. As a matter of fact, you will be among the few people in history to have set foot in this frozen continent. Those who have been there say that the hiking and kayaking experiences are on a level of their own. You will have a chance to try that yourself.

Go cave exploring in Florida

Many people visit Florida for the beaches. Make a point of visiting for a totally unique reason: cave exploration at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna. You can camp in the cave if you are feeling strong, but if you want a better place to spend the night, you can always book a vacation rental.

Drive at top speed on the Autobahn

What is your personal best driving speed? Most people drive at 60mph top speed, and they have to keep looking over their shoulder for cops. On Autobahn, however, you are allowed to reach whichever limits you want. There aren’t speed limits here and no cop will pull you over. So, find the fastest car that you can get and improve your personal best to 200mph or more.

Cycle on the North Yungas “Death” Road in Bolivia

Many people have died through road accidents on this road over the last two decades. The road is the narrowest that you’ve seen yet, the bends are tighter than what you are used to, and the drop-offs are over half a kilometer long. To make things scarier, there are no guard rails. That is why the road has injured and claimed the lives of many cyclists before you.

The paragraph above is a precaution to you and not just an idle threat to scare you off. Many cyclists have cycled the entire 64kms and came out unscathed, so you should be confident that you too can. The important thing is to cycle carefully and watch your step.

Try Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights

If you really want to challenge your self and walk one of Europe’s longest distance trek than you should definitely try the Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights. These highlights are known to provide some of the most beautiful and renowned mountain views, that stretch into three countries- France, Italy, Switzerland. The best way to experience all of these in a 7-day itinerary is by booking a Mont Blanc tour right away and explore the Europes highest peak from all sides.

Go castle climbing in London

Previously a Victorian pumping station, The Castle Climbing Centre is a must-visit for every lover of adventure. The next time you visit London, be sure to take a free walking tour around Manor House tube station and ask the tour guides to help you locate this center. While there, climb up the castle using one of the 90 roped lines placed at your disposal.

 

Hike the Himalayas

The serenity up there is unimaginable and the views utterly breathtaking. It is very unfortunate that many travelers are avoiding the Himalayas and Nepal as a whole because of the mega earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people 4 years ago. Don’t be like those people!

As a matter of fact, visiting Nepal now will be more ideal for you if you are on a budget because the tourist traffic is minimal, so you will find cheap accommodation. Also, you will be able to hike the Himalayas without having to rub shoulders with too many people.

Take a self-guided tour of Antelope Canyon

Although there are many guided tours of Antelope Canyon, it is more adventurous and cheaper to go on a self-guided tour instead. One way of doing this is to kayak for about 2 miles starting from Antelope Point Marina, through Antelope Canyon cove, and up the Slot Canyon. It is quite an experience.

 

Lirika Hart is a young ambitious girl who has been researching self-development for the past three years and is now focusing on her career. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; “Because of you, I never gave up.”