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My husband is a huge sports fan. When it comes to traveling, he’s game to go anywhere and do anything, as long as he has some access to sports. So, over the years, I’ve gotten really good at incorporating sports into our trips. If you struggle with the same thing, here are my best tips on how to please your sports fan while traveling so you can have more fun on your vacations!
#1. Check out a sports museum.
The first way to please your sport fan while traveling is to take them to a sports museum. Find a museum related to your loved one’s favorite sport and include a visit to it in your trip plans.
If you can’t find a museum about their favorite sport, take them to one dedicated to another sport. Sports fans will love learning about a new sport.
Many years ago, on a trip to Indiana, I took my husband to the College Football Hall of Fame. We spent several hours there. It was one of the highlights of the trip for my husband.
During our trip to New Zealand one year, we went to the New Zealand Rugby Museum. I planned it mainly for my son, but my husband loved our time there as much as my son did.
#2. Take them to a game.
Another option is to take your sports fan to see a game while on you are on your vacation. This is a surefire way to get them excited about the trip!
If possible, schedule your trip to coincide with your fan’s favorite team playing an away game in your vacation city. Otherwise, get tickets to any game that fits into your plans.
Over the years, my husband and I have watched many games during our vacations. We watched a Yankees-Red Sox game on our honeymoon. And we’ve seen many football and baseball games in various cities since then.
Check out ESPN’s website to find the schedule of your loved one’s favorite team.
#3. Let them watch the big game.
If you don’t want to actually devote your limited vacation time to sports activities, then you can please your sports fan while traveling simply by compromising.
Let them watch the big game on tv, while you and the rest of the family go do something else. This simple act can go a long way towards pleasing your sports fan while traveling.
My husband’s alma mater made it to the College World Series in 2010 for the first time in history. We were on vacation in Boston at the time. I agreed to let my husband go back to the hotel to watch the game while I met up with a friend and went sightseeing.
#4. Arrange a special viewing of the big game.
If you want to do something extra special to please your sports fan while traveling, arrange a special viewing of the big game for them.
This will mean doing some research to find the perfect experience, but you will create a memory your loved one won’t soon forget.
For my son’s 6th birthday, I planned a trip to Disney World. Unfortunately, I didn’t check the schedule of my husband’s favorite team when I was planning the trip. We ended up being at Disney during the biggest game of the season! Oops!
To make it up to my husband, I arranged for him to have the VIP Experience at the ESPN Club at Disney World. It was the best way for him to watch the game short of being there in person.
#5. Take them to a sports bar.
The last option to please your sports fan while traveling is to take them to a sports bar. Sometimes, the simple gesture of going to a sports bar for dinner, dessert, or even happy hour can go a long ways towards making your sports fan happy.
You don’t have to stay for an entire game or even go during a game. Just taking time during your trip to hang out in a sports bar so your loved one can catch some highlights can make a big difference.
With a little research, you can probably find a great sports bar near your hotel.
We almost always eat dinner in at least one sports bar during our trips. It is such an easy way to let my husband catch up on games, which makes him much more cooperative when I want to do something he’s not excited to do.
Sometimes, sports fans get frustrated when on vacation if they can’t get their sports fix in some how or some way. And this frustration can spread to the whole family. But, the above tips have helped me balance my husband’s love of sports with my love for travel. I hope they help you as much as they’ve help me.
For more tips to make your next vacation better, see how to take amazing vacations on any budget, how to improve your family vacations, how to avoid child meltdowns while traveling, tips for stress free travel with your spouse, and how to plan an epic vacation.
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