A true sports fan always supports their team. You wear a certain pair of socks to ensure that they have luck on their side. You scream the loudest in the stands. You make and end friendships based on which team they support. You’ll do anything for your favorite team, including traveling across the country or around the world to see them play. Read below for tips on how to avoid travel stress when traveling to see your favorite team play.
Pack with a Purpose
Only pack the essentials when traveling across the state. These trips tend to last no more than two or three days, so you don’t need to carry anything that won’t be used or worn within these days. Do not forget to include your team’s jersey in your bag, this will get worn the most.
The travel expenses, which include plane tickets, hotel, and car rentals, add up. Even a cost at least a couple hundred dollars. Save on booking a hotel or a flight with price comparison sites, such as Expedia.
Use coupons for car rentals. Companies like Alamo supply coupons through their partnerships with discount sites such as Groupon. Maximize your savings by using more than one discount when possible. The extra money can be used for more team merchandise or game day food.
Know the Laws
Traveling to another country to see your favorite team requires you to have some knowledge of that place’s customs and laws. Before traveling, thoroughly research what behavior that country accepts and normalizes.
It is not as intense to travel to another state as it is to travel to a different country, but it does have its own set of rules and customs. Research the state laws. Every state has a few strange ones that you may not have to worry about, like making faces at dogs. However, it’s very important that you know the alcohol laws, especially if drinking is a major part of your game day routine and experience.
Start with LegalBeer.com, because it is a useful resource that gives you a general rundown of the liquor laws from state to state. In addition to that site, make sure you visit the game’s stadium website to know its rules and regulations.
Avoid overspending by carrying cash during your trip. Many credit card and debit card fees vary from state to state, which could lead to over drafting or going beyond your budget. Carrying cash lets you make smarter spending choices and keeps you within budget.
Another thing to worry about with credit cards is possible card declines. Some companies may instantly put a hold on your card if they see a strange out of state purchase. You can usually resolve this problem quickly by calling the bank or card company. Use cash to avoid this problem in its entirety.
Account for the Time Difference
Know the time difference when you travel. You need to research what time zone (Pacific, Eastern, or Central) that city operates in, and if they practice Daylight Savings.
Not accounting for the time difference could lead to missing a game or a flight.
Know Your Health Insurance Policy
Hopefully, there aren’t any medical emergencies during your trip, but you want to be prepared just in case. Read your health insurance policy on its website or its handbook. Take note of the list of coverage and if it translates across a state.
Also put your primary care doctor’s number into your phone, in case something happens to a prescription and you need it refilled in a different state.