23 Nov Lingo and Cash: Top Tips When Travelling for Sport
Whether you’re jetting out for the World Cup finals, following a local team across the county or are an athlete yourself, travelling for sport can be a daunting task to undertake. There’s a whole lot to do, and a whole lot to organise. So, let’s get started. Here are three top tips to make sure you’re prepared before setting foot out that door.
Plan ahead. Well ahead.
If you’ve got tickets to the big game and know you’ll be far from home well in advance, take advantage of that time gap. Book hotels, suites, and restaurants as soon as possible to keep prices down. The earlier the better. The same can be said for flights if you’re heading abroad – tag those seats early to ensure the logistics of travel don’t get in the way of a great weekend. Websites like Skyscanner or Trivago can help here. Input your details and get an invoice guaranteeing accommodation and booked travel there and back. No hassle, no stress. Just you and the sport.
Pick up the language – Or Some Tech to Do it For You
Yes, no, please, and thank you can go a long way as a foreigner when travelling abroad. If you find yourself crossing borders in pursuit of athletic competition, consider picking up a phrasebook or two to help break down that language barrier. English might be common, and you might only be in the country a few days at most, but even the basics of a new language can make your life a whole lot easier whilst around its native speakers. Try online courses like Duolingo, or simply head down to your local library for a revision session – either way, you’ll be grateful for it when the time comes. Other options include helpful apps like Google Translate. Download the relevant language and your camera can translate anything from food menus to street signs at the click of a button.
Bring a Budget
It can be easy to overspend on a trip if you’re not careful. New currencies, tourist attractions, not to mention in-stadium food prices. It can all get a little bit out of hand. Our advice? Budget it out. A certain amount for snacks and drinks, a certain amount for getting about town, and, if you feel like the odds are in your favour, maybe cash for a bet or two on the match that you’re there to watch in the first place. Many bookies allow fans to bet via an app or mobile website; it’s also possible to pick up betting tips at ChampionBets and other sites before you leave – simply pick your sport and get settled for live results. A budget can help you relax about cash. A budget will let you know exactly how much you’ve available, and you won’t find yourself returning home to an empty wallet. Be smart about it and make the most of your trip!
With these three tips, you’re well on your way to a successful sports pilgrimage. Solo, as a group, or as part of a horde of screaming fans, forget the stress and lose yourself in the thrill of competition – we think you’ll find it’s a lot easier to relax when the logistics were sorted out months ago!