Whether you’re training for the London Olympics or getting ready for a regional ski competition, serious athletes often resort to RV rentals or short-term apartments to keep accommodation costs under control. You can use the same strategies to stay on budget during your own athletic travel adventures, whether they are participatory or to simply enjoy events like races, or major sporting events.
For far less than luxury hotels, I’ve seen elegant homes for rent along the Tour de France route and in various Super Bowl cities. Share costs with friends to create an affordable experience that will top what you would otherwise be able to afford at a hotel on your own. Here are other strategies for scoring good deals during sports vacations.
Choose destinations where everyone can have fun, thereby avoiding the cost of an additional vacation. On a family getaway to Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, David took the opportunity for Alpine marathon training, while I enjoyed wine tasting and photo ops of the principality’s castle at moonrise. St. Petersburg, Florida, known for its art galleries, waterfront parks and historic Friday night shuffleboard events, began hosting open-to-the-public spring training events for international baseball teams in 2011. Teams from Holland, Korea, Australia and other countries will be participating.
Children’s sports programs routinely come with weekend competitions as part of the package, making teen sports travel a must-budget-for expense. Similarly, professional sporting events that draw large crowds often require early arrival for parking. Tailgating – hosting food-related parties from the back of your vehicle – is a great way to keep things fun and save money. Just make sure you have a strong repertoire of tailgating menu ideas that are easy to make happen no matter where you are traveling.
Your method of transportation can be just as athletic as your chosen vacation activities once you get where you’re going. For example, a vacation in Wales lends itself to walking between many historic villages and attractions, due to the nation’s extensive network of foot trails. Similarly, a traveler who chooses to bike around the world saves thousands in airline ticket fees and rental car costs.
Regardless of whether you are enjoying a marathon in Bermuda, a world soccer championship elsewhere in the world or simply supporting your favorite teen during a hockey tournament, athletic travel can be approached with a unique set of money-saving strategies.
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