Travel Picks: Top 10 niche sports to try on the fly

Fri Sep 7, 2012 11:16am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - For those who prefer marathons to museums, travel is a fantastic opportunity to indulge in a new sport. On this note the travelers and staff at online travel consultants ( have come up with their own list of the Top 10 Cool Sports You Should Try While Traveling. Not athletically inclined? Fear not! We've included some low-impact games and remember, you're on vacation; no one's watching. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Falconry in California

Lest you assume this sport went the way of chariot races and gladiators, think again. At the West Coast Falconry Center in Marysville, California, students are schooled in various species of birds of prey as well as how to work with a trained hawk who sits on and flies to the glove when called.

2. Dressage in Spain

While most people have seen the stunning balletic movements of dressage horses, it's the rare non-equestrian who can tell you what this pas de deux between horse and rider actually is or how it's mastered. Luckily this can be remedied at the Epona Equestrian Center in Spain where they teach both pros and beginners alike.

3. Pètanque in France

Nothing says France like a group of serious-looking, competitive men standing around a sandbox with a cigarette in one hand and a pètanque ball in the other. If you're not brave enough to ask them to teach you how to play, try contacting an organization like the Federation of Petanque USA for a few lessons with your local club before you go.

4. Fencing in the United Kingdom

While it may not be much help in a modern day street fight, this sport of kings will give you a fabulous workout. We recommend London's Blades Club where the cost of admission to a "Taster Session" can be put towards your first few lessons.   Continued...