Are you thinking of planning a trip around a major sporting event this year?
There’s a wide range of destinations to choose from over the next 12 months, offering some of the finest action in the world across a variety of sports.
Read on for our top five suggestions for sports events worth travelling to in 2018
Commonwealth Games, Australia
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held at Gold Coast City, in the south east of the Australian state of Queensland from April 4-15.
This will be the fifth time that Australia has hosted the Games, following Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982) and Melbourne (2006).
A total of 18 sports will be contested, with athletics, swimming and cycling amongst the most popular events being staged.
The World Cup, Russia
Five-time winners Brazil will also fancy their chances of success, while the likes of Spain, France and Argentina should also put up a strong showing.
Hosts Russia kick-off the tournament on June 14 against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with the final scheduled to take place at the same venue on July 15.
Grand National, England
Scheduled to take place at the iconic Aintree Racecourse on April 14, the Grand National is one of the most famous horse races in the world.
The three day meeting attracts over 150,000 racegoers, with Saturday’s four-and-a-half mile steeplechase the highlight of the event.
Fences like Beecher’s Brook and The Chair are etched in racing folklore and the National truly is a spectacle not to be missed.
The Ryder Cup, France
The Ryder Cup will be held on mainland Europe for only the second time in its history.
France’s Le Golf National will host the biennial match on its spectacular L’Albatros course towards the end of September.
Team USA are aiming to retain the cup for the first time since 1993 following their comfortable 17-11 victory at Hazeltine National Golf Club back in 2016.
NHL Stanley Cup finals, USA
The Stanley Cup Finals in ice hockey is the National Hockey League (NHL)’s championship series to determine the season’s overall winner.
The final round of the NHL’s play-offs is a best-of-seven series played in May and June between the champions of the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Tampa Bay Lightning and league new boys Vegas Golden Knights are amongst the favourites to win this year’s title, while Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators are also expected to be in the mix.