Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Top 10 Sandboarding Countries of 2020

It's that time again! I do this every year and I have a look at the best places to go Sandboarding around the world; In case you haven't heard, there's been a pandemic; so this year has been largely bad for the Sandboarding scene because there's been travel bans in place across the world; Some of you may be aware that I was meant to visit Denmark days before the lockdown went into full swing in my native UK; however I did manage to visit Italy for a weekend in September just for casual tourism. On the whole, Sandboarding has been subject to event cancellations, social distancing, sanitation rules, different locations, digital forms, quarantining, and wearing masks just to name a few rules (subject to location).

Because of the very brief but valuable window for travel, I'm still making a list but it should be known that it's mostly irrelevant because for most of the year; no-one has been able to go anywhere but this has been an annual list and countries change; therefore, I'll be constructing a Top 10 Sandboarding countries list of 2020 but hopefully when international travel opens up, this list would hopefully influence your choices. I won't be including the World Happiness Report in my list anymore as it specifically ranks the capital cities of the countries and not the country as a whole. I will be measuring up the Crime rate, Cost of Living, Internet Speed, Quality of Life, Pollution Index, and Healthcare Index. This year was mainly a shambles and to be honest, where there has been so little in terms of travel and sport, this years' list will still go on but it will be condensed with no information. If I had a chance to not do this years' list, I would have not compiled a list because this year has been a shambles I will compile a basic list.

#10 Croatia (appeared in 2018; highest position: 3rd, 2018)

#9 France
(appeared in 2015 & 2019; highest position: 5th, 2015)

#8 United States of America (appeared in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019; highest position: 1st, 2017)

#7 Canada (appeared in 2019, highest position: 3rd, 2019)

#6 Germany (appeared in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019; highest position: 4th, 2015)

#5 Australia (appeared in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019; highest position: 1st, 2014)

#4 Spain (appeared every year; highest position: 1st, 2019)

#3 New Zealand (appeared 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; highest position: 1st, 2015 & 2016)

#2 Japan (new entry)

#1 Denmark (new entry)

Sandboarding Nation Store will be closing

As of the 1st June 2021, the Sandboarding Nation Store that is being operated via Redbubble will be permanently taken down and Sandboarding Nation products will no longer be sold. This is due to the lack of demand for our goods with our logo. The decision was made after Sandboarding Nation goods have been sold at a loss since 2016 and as an independent one man project, I cannot afford to maintain and oversee the upkeep of these products.

The store will remain open until that date but all products must be purchased before the closing date of the store, otherwise the Sandboarding Nation products will not be available for purchase anymore! I'd like to thank the people who have taken the time to look at the store and have taken interest in using Sandboarding Nation goods throughout the years since I have had this blog.

Thank you.

Monday, 14 December 2020

Sandboarding Bites #20

Some places are dangerous for travel, not because of war but disease; Some countries will require a certificate proving you've been vaccinated against certain illnesses, check with a medical professional and/or your country's foreign office before you travel.