·Sochi's 2014 Winter Olympics: Politics aside, this year's Olympic Games are transforming the small, seaside town of Sochi into the center of all things sport. All eyes will be on the first time Russia hosts the World Games, from February 6 to 23.
· Sao Paulo and beyond's FIFA World Cup: The country that bleeds soccer will be temporary home to this series of games for the top cup. Brazil will be a buzz when the World Cup of Soccer takes over from June 12 to July 13. Coincidentally, plenty of airlines are launching non-stop flights from the US to the South American country this year.
· Glasgow's Commonwealth Games: Perhaps a lesser known gaming event to many Americans, the Commonwealth Games will light up Glasgow from July 23 to Aug 3 with athletes from around what was formerly considered the British Commonwealth. It might be nice to see what the US could have been part of.
· Singapore's Grand Prix: Watch race cars wizz around one of the coolest cities in the world. From September 19-21, Singapore will host rev-heads from around the world for an F1 race event that's the only night circuit in the world on the championship calendar. Oh yeah, and the cars race around the streets of Marina Bay.
· New York's National September 11 Memorial Museum Opening: Lower Manhattan or, more specifically, Ground Zero, will be the home of the new museum dedicated to the lives lost on September 11. There isn't a set date yet for the debut as construction wraps up, but visitors can see the exhibits sometime in the middle of Spring.
· Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta: For 9 days, the skies above the New Mexico city will be dotted with more hot air balloons than birds for the annual event celebrating the quietest way to get a birds-eye view. From October 4-12, 750 balloons will float overhead, making it the largest festival of balloons worldwide.