The FINA World Aquatics Championships are the premiere sporting event for anyone who loves the water. They feature competitions in a variety of aquatic sports, including diving, open water swimming and water polo, to name a few. The event is held every other year and features the best athletes on the water, including the likes of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.
The championships occur in odd years, with the most recent this summer in Gwangju, South Korea. There are a total of six aquatic disciplines recognized under the International Swimming Federation— swimming, diving, high diving, open water, artistic swimming and water polo. The 2019 competition features participants from 194 countries, for a total of 5,128 swimmers, the largest-ever event in FINA history.
Each competition features a variety of sub-categories you’re probably familiar with if you’re ever watched the Olympics. Swimmers compete in races showcasing their different strokes, while divers perfect their forms from different heights. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the effortlessness showcased by synchronized swimmers.
The 2017 event saw the largest crowd numbers in history, with more than 485,000 spectators on hand. Tickets are hard to come by and sell out early. Even if you can’t manage to snag a seat, some events allow visitors to stand away from the pool to watch. As you can probably imagine, the host city tends to come alive during the Championships.
Live musical acts are featured near the facilities, while there are plenty of people selling food and drinks. At night, expect the local bars to be packed with aquatics lovers of every kind. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore a new city and mingle with tourists from all over the world in one place.
For some extremely last-minute holiday gifts this year, you can still give back by gifting with the all-new Adopt an Animal program with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the museum’s virtual program allows would-be guests and nature lovers around the country to connect with the 35,000 resident animals of Wonders of Wildlife.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.
New Year’s Eve is going to look a little different this year. With celebrations scaled back and reduced gatherings, people seek different ways to ring in the New Year. Whether spending the holiday in your hometown or going on a little getaway for a change of scenery, check out these cities to spend the holiday.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.