One of the more exciting things that you can do on your travels is going to see different sporting events. You may want to see athletic competitions that are in a sport that you're familiar with. Maybe you want to look at other people compete in a sport that you were involved in when you're younger. There are all sorts of different reasons you have for wanting to participate in viewership.
Traveling to see them, you might end up watching a rugby game, or perhaps some Olympic events if it's during the right year. All around the world, there are different world championships for various sports, and then many times there are festivals that feature athletic events that are more about fun than competition.
An Alternative To Football
Though American football is extremely popular, at least in the United States, if you are in a place where they play rugby, you should go check out a match. The strategies are entirely different, and the games have a unique vibe to them, but many people who have never watched a rugby game in person find that they are hooked after as they see a live version.
Every few years, you could go to the Olympics to see an event! Not only will you get to see some of the best athletes in the world, but you'll also get a chance to be a part of one of the biggest things that you will see in your lifetime. The size and scope of Olympic events are just gigantic, and even if you don't necessarily see the most prominent events, just being around all of the surrounding activities can be a fantastic experience. Going to the Olympics can be extremely expensive, so make sure you understand your budget in advance.
Outside of Olympic events, there are world championships all over the place as well. Sports but don't necessarily have an Olympic event will still have athletes that compete in them, and when you see sanctioned world championships, you will see a smaller subset of people who all want to be the best at what they do, but don't quite have the presence of fully Olympic events.
Festivals for More Fun than Competition
For less active but more fun traveling opportunities, you could go to something like a lumberjack festival where people compete in more entertaining activities. These are usually smaller events and have more of a local flavor, but once you see and take part in these kinds of celebrations, you'll know why they are such a draw to a unique type of traveler. Going to these types of festivals is also less expensive than going to more major events, so it can be a win all around for you and your family.