Sporting tourism is extremely popular around the world, and every year thousands of sports men and woman leave home and head abroad to play their favourite sports and activities.
What can go wrong? Well unfortunately many sports come with a certain amount of risk, ranging from lost or damaged equipment to broken bones. To help you avoid a disaster on your sporting holiday, here are out top tips;
Before you leave, check that your equipment still fits and is in good condition, for example boots and mouth guards.
If you’re travelling to a hot country, make sure you take breaks in the shade, wear sun protection and drink plenty of fluids.
Invest in quality travel insurance, and make sure it actually covers you to participate in your chosen sport or activity, if it doesn’t you won’t be covered for any subsequent bills.
Make a list of important phone numbers, for example other members of your team and a contact at your accommodation, just in case you get lost or need assistance.
Make sure you pack a first aid kit, including an antibacterial cream and re-hydration sachets.
Make sure your team or travelling companions all have valid passports, travel insurance and enough money to pay back the organiser for any pre-paid travel/accommodation costs etc.
Photocopy your travel documents and any other important documents or prescriptions before travel.
Pick a decent location and resort with quality pitches or equipment.
Sports tours are known for celebrating wins or consoling losses with alcohol, but you should always be extremely careful when drinking or partying abroad. Remember that alcohol measures are usually bigger and stronger, and you don’t want to battle through your match nursing a hangover, dehydration or alcohol poisoning!
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