– Written by Victoria Philpott
To fill the Nolympics gap between the Olympics and the Paralympics (starting 29th August) we’ve come up with the HostelBookers Travelympics. And anyone who’s travelled qualifies to join in.
Gather up your new hostel mates [preferably of different nationalities], set up the events below and find yourself an independent adjudicator. Then get going. Don’t forget to let me know the official scores in the comments box below.
You’ve been in training for this moment your whole life. Ready, steady…
1. Bunk bed hopping
Find a 16-bed dorm. Competitors start by the door and have to haul themselves up to the top bunk and jump off before mounting the next one immediately. No use of ladders allowed. This is a highly dangerous sport where only the strong ankles (and beds) survive. Extra points for high jumping over the beds with style.
2. Hostel orienteering
Competitors are dropped off at a previously unvisited by them location in their current city. First one to get back to the hostel reception desk wins. All you have is a tiny map, a dodgy phone signal and the best universally recognised hand signals you can muster.
3. Stairway dash
Anyone who’s experienced a broken hostel lift will fare well here. Find the longest, most epic set of stairs you can find and the fastest one to the top wins. The Canyon Steps in Ecuador (below) are a great choice, or the Spiral Staircase at the Vatican Museum or San Francisco’s Tiled Steps would work well too. If no epic stairways are available make do with your hostel staircase.
4. City cycling
Competitors must use city-issue bikes. First one to negotiate from one decided point in the city to another safely wins. Time includes docking out and docking in of the bikes too. Possible hurdles should include; taxi drivers, closed parks, bus drivers, car breakdowns, pedestrians and pot holes.
5. Travelympics heptathlon
Seven events to really get your heart racing and test your fearlessness and sporting prowess. Perhaps the hardest event in the Travelympics, but definitely the most rewarding and impressive. Best scores and loudest screams in each event wins.
- 85m bungee jump
- 13,000ft skydive
- 100m sprint for the bus
- 5-mile hike with a 25kg backpack
- Base jumping
- White water rafting
6. Beach volleyball
Exactly the same as in the Olympics, but without the talent and the skimpy outfits – the net must also be a bit saggy. Whichever team wins, wins.
7. Beach gymnastics
Your chosen Travelympics independent adjudicator will give individual scores on interpretative gymnastics, including your best handstand and your best cartwheel. Extra points for landing a backflip.
8. Barefoot football
Teams of 5, or however many you manage to get together. Usual rules apply. Goal markings must be made from jumpers or tshirts. No shoes allowed. All lines are drawn in the sand. Most amount of goals wins.
Must prove yourself in 3 categories:
- Belly flop
- Star shape diving
The chosen independent adjudicator will give out points for best form in each category. Most amount of points wins.
10. Ocean swimming
First one to swim from one island to another in the ocean wins. Extra points given for hurdles along the way such as plankton, seaweed, sharks and seaweed. Official independent adjudicator to decide how many on a case by case basis.
11. *Not* horse riding
Ride whichever animal you want – elephant, camel, llama, ostrich, kangaroo or other – just as long as it’s not a horse. Winner is the person who gets from one end of the track to the other, preferably through water or some sort on dangerous terrain.
Don’t forget to let me know your scores below…
And show us any pics you have on our Facebook page too 🙂