Many of us are interested in one type of sport or another. Some of us follow a particular sport with extreme devotion and passion.
No matter which category you fall into, a sporting holiday, which integrates a great holiday with one or more sporting events is a great way to spend a vacation as you get the best of both worlds.
Below we will go over some of the different ways you can go about finding your ideal sports holiday and what you get for your money.
Different Sporting Spectaculars
Most of the best sports tour providers offer their holidays as package deals. This is simply because they have the experience of what works from start to finish on the holiday. This should include all your travel arrangements, hotel bookings, how to get event tickets, corporate hospitality and any excursions outside of the sporting event.
You should also be able to get many other extras which will assist you on your holiday. This can range from where to go and what to see, additional information and many other added extras.
The best way to explain is to possibly give an example.
If you are a keen golf fan, then one of the biggest events in the golfing calendar is the Ryder Cup. In 2014 this will be held at Gleneagles between the 26th 28 September. Most sports tour operators will offer a five night stay, which you can choose from a range of hotels.
You should be able to get daily transfer from the place you are staying to the event. Tickets into the event with top seating positions and all the days of the Ryder Cup, tickets to the official celebration evening and some exclusive Ryder Cup gifts.
You will have to contact individual operators to find out exactly what you will get for your money, but the above covers most of the essentials you will get.
The whole idea, is to make sure that you get the best experience possible from the area you will be staying and the event you will be seeing.
What is Available
Most of the popular sports are catered for by each operator. The most common ones are international rugby, international cricket, golfing holidays, international football and US sports. Motor racing is also a popular choice by many, as the thrill of being up close and personal to these type of events cannot be beaten.
If there is a type of sport you are passionate about and the operator doesn’t advertise the one you are interested in, simply enquire to see if they can arrange a package for you or would consider it. There is no harm in asking.
Why not do it yourself?
It is possible to book and put in place all the different aspects of the sports tour package which is usually done by a dedicated operator. The difference is they do this all the time and know how to put all the elements together so you get the best possible experience. There is nothing worse than getting to a destination and the hotel isn’t booked, not what you expected or your tickets haven’t arrived or you are in the wrong seats.
This type of package give you the peace of mind that you be well catered for, so you will come away with a lifetime of experience.
Imagine being on the front row watching your favourite team win or watching a world record being broken, doing some sightseeing and going back to the hotel, all provided you.
There are many providers out there, so it is a good idea to start doing some research online into the different providers.
One you may want to have a look at is thesportingTraveller.com. they offer a range of packages for the most popular sports out there. It won’t harm asking them a few questions on what they can do for you and what they can offer. This route you should should apply to all other operators to see what you can get for your money.
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Jim Benson has been working as a travel operator, booking sports tours for the last seven years. He is a massive sports fan and probably would do this any spare time if he wanted to.