Traveling To A Major Event A memorable, hassle-free trip starts here.
IntroductionAs a traveler, there’s nothing more exciting than being a part of a once-in-a-lifetime event. Maybe you were there to watch Italy beat France fiveto three in a penalty shoot-out in the 2006 World Cup. Or you witnessedKerri Strug stick her vault landing on an injured ankle – clinching the firstgold medal in a team event for the U.S.Every traveler wants to be able to say “I was there when …” These tipswill help you plan the trip to create those memories.
Purchasing Event TicketsTip No. 1: Buy tickets to events that might sell out first. Although some may think the flight should be purchased first, the event could sell out in the meantime. So if you’re only going to Manchester, Tenn., to see Paul McCartney perform at Bonnaroo, buy a concert ticket first. If not, you could find yourself listening to Paul croon “All You Need is Love” from outside the concert because what you really needed was a ticket.
Purchasing Your FlightTip No. 2: Purchase your flight well in advance.Once you’ve purchased any highly sought-after tickets, start toresearch which airline offers the lowest price, as well as what day ortime you’d like to return home.Make sure to:1. Fly into an airport by or near the event.2. If flying international, check the country’s rules and regulations regarding passports, based on your country of origin.
Take Public TransportationTip No. 3: Don’t drive.Renting a car might seem like a great way to get around a foreign placeeasily, but big events are another beast entirely.Avoid traffic (and parking) issues by doing one of the following:1. Taking public transportation (and looking up stops and routes in advance).2. Renting bikes and bike locks, if the event is within biking distance.3. Asking the hotel you’re staying at if they offer a shuttle service to and from the event.
Arrive EarlyTip No. 4: Arrive earlier than the event start time.Some events, like Munich’s Oktoberfest, don’tcharge an entry fee. But if you arrive right as itopens, you may find yourself in a line so longthat the event reaches capacity before youreach the entrance. Avoid missing out:1. Find out what time the event opens.2. Research online to find out how early other travelers recommend arriving.3. Make any pit-stops the night before, such as withdrawing cash.
Travel LightTip No. 5: Carry only the essentials.On the day of the event, carry only what you really need that day – andkeep all cash or credit cards out of sight.Some of the items you do want to bring include:• Tickets to the event.• A form of ID (along with a photocopy, stored separately).• The address to your hotel, along with a map of the area.• Your health insurance card.• Your cell phone, a camera and binoculars.• A deck of cards or a book to keep you pre-occupied while you wait.
Dress ComfortablyTip No. 6: Wear comfortable clothes.As with any large crowd, events are often associated with a lot ofwalking – and even more waiting. For that reason, stick to tennis shoesor other active shoes designed for comfort.The only thing worse than waiting in a long line is doing it inshoes that give you blisters.
Weather SetbacksTip No. 7: Prepare for the weather.The weather will always be somewhatunpredictable.Plan accordingly by packing:• An umbrella or poncho.• A jacket and layered clothing if it’s cold outside.• Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if it’s forecasted to be hot.
Travel Insurance CoverageTip No. 8: Invest in trip protection coverage.Trip protection coverage can include trip cancellation, trip interruptionand baggage protection. With trip cancellation coverage, you arereimbursed for expenses associated with airfare and other non-refundable deposits you’ve paid toward your trip.So if an unexpected emergency occurs and you have to cancel yourtrip last minute, you may be able to recover some of those pre-paidinvestments, which would otherwise be non-refundable.
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