Whether you’re following the fortunes of Leicester, Spurs or Arsenal in 2016/17’s Champion’s League, very little beats following your team across the continent. Supporting your squad in a brand new city is an exciting opportunity to revel in your passion for the game and explore a totally new footballing culture – and even a whole new country.
An awesome chance to watch world class football and enjoy a European adventure, it’s not always easy to plan the ultimate away game trip.
From language barriers and different rules at different stadiums to limited parking and tricky metro systems, sorting a spot on soccer stay can be stressful. But as luck would have it, travel expert Expedia has created precisely the box of tricks you need to unlock the football adventure of a lifetime, ready for this year’s Champions League.
Let’s take a look at the brand new Expedia European Football Away Game Guide.
1. It’s great for planning your transportation
Once you’ve secured your tickets, it’s time to plan your trip. The new guide features a complete map which charts the location of key stadiums which will host Champions League matches this season – it’s the perfect place to start planning your journey.
Within the resource, you’ll find information about the quality of each destination’s public transportation (helpful for making the decision about whether or not to drive) as well as information about flight availability and proximity as well as car parking near the stadium.
If football is only part of your motivation for taking a European trip, you might also want to take a closer look at the activities, attractions and images featured in each section. These will help you decided which away game matches will offer the best all round getaway experience. The guide even includes recommendations from locals and travel bloggers which will help you uncover the best each city has to offer away from the stadium.
Take all of this information into account, then look at the price of flights to the area before deciding on your preferred method of transport based on your budget.
2. It’ll help you find the perfect base for our visit
For die-hard football fans, it’s easy to fixate on the game and forget that you’ll likely be staying in your host city for more than a day or two. As many of the Expedia stadium sections show, lots major stadiums are located on the outskirts (or in less interesting parts) of their cities, this means that when the football isn’t on, visitors will likely find themselves somewhat cut off from the action.
The “Places to See” section and “Places of Interest” map will help fans find a hotel, hostel or rental home which will give them great access to the stadium, without cutting them off when the sport is all over.
3. It’ll make sure you don’t miss a minute on match day
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and simply “follow the crowd” on match days, but in some cases away fans will need to access stadiums via alternative routes or head for dedicated stands to comply with the host club’s rules.
If you’re traveling by car, you’ll also frequently find that arriving early is essential if you want to secure a parking spot. In some instances, area’s around the stadium are closed to cars and you may want to book a parking spot at a nearby car park. The Expedia Football Away Game Guide‘s “Visit Stadium” section can help you work out all of these important details and more before you travel, with helpful information including:
Directions via car, public transport and on foot
Car parking availability
Away fan stands
Specific stadium rules
4. It’s a one-stop shop for football lovers
Whether your heart is set on an away game trip this season, or you’re just flirting with the idea, Expedia’s guide is a one-stop shop for Champions League information. The interactive map allows users to explore key locations and travel options, while live updates share scores, news and standings plus each club’s anthem. What more could you need to plan the ultimate away game trip?