International sporting events used to be something that the entire world closely followed. Whether it is the Olympics, the Grand Slams, or the World Cup, we would all gather around the TV, sports fans and people who didn’t care that much alike to cheer our team on.
It still isn’t uncommon to show your support for your team by traveling to the venue of the next tournament and wear ridiculous clothes while waving a prop you will not use again until the next ever. Though, there are a few things that warrant your attention before you book a ticket.
Consider what you are gaining. If you are going with someone special or with friends, it is a valuable experience. The game is secondary to the time you spend with your friends during that game. Will you have a better time while sitting at home, opening a cold one with the boys and eating chips while shouting at your TV set? Then there is no need to travel to a country whose language you probably don’t speak, to stand in line for hours on end only to discover that you can’t bring that bottle of soda with you to the stadium.
We admit that it is thrilling to see the action right in front of you. On the other hand, the price for attending these events can run a little steep, especially when you consider your travel expenses. Then again, the price of some sporting events has been steadily declining over the years. For example, the cheapest individual tickets for Tokyo Olympics 2020 cost around $20 (though they are still not available for sale).
Calculate the price of the ticket, pair it with the price of food and lodging and take that information to decide whether you can afford it. Some people buy things, others buy memories. It’s entirely up to you.
Some people aren’t great at going to major events in general. The crowd can often make you feel like you’re being closed in, with very little breathing room. If you have no problem with this, go for it. If, however, you prefer the comfort of your living room, you should probably stay at home.
If you’re going to a sporting event, make sure you follow these tips:
· Don’t carry a lot of cash with you, but do keep it handy.
· Keep your passport, tickets, and other documents secure.
· Don’t bring food and beverages to the venue, as you will not keep them.
· Don’t separate from your group.
· Arrive early.
· Try to stay with a friend or at a hostel for single night events.
· Have fun!
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