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The European Away Game Guide That Every Football Fan Needs To Know About

The European Away Game Guide That Every Football Fan Needs To Know About

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.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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:

    Stadium location

    Transport options

    Directions via car, public transport and on foot

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    Nearby hotels

    Car parking availability

    Away fan stands

    Specific stadium rules

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      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?

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      Last Updated on November 19, 2019

      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

      1. Create a Daily Plan

      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

      2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

      3. Use a Calendar

      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

      I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

      Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

      4. Use an Organizer

      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

      These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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      5. Know Your Deadlines

      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

      6. Learn to Say “No”

      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

      7. Target to Be Early

      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

      8. Time Box Your Activities

      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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      9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

      10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

      You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

      11. Focus

      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

      12. Block out Distractions

      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

      13. Track Your Time Spent

      When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

      You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

      14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

      15. Prioritize

      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      16. Delegate

      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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      17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

      For related work, batch them together.

      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
      2. coaching
      3. workshop development
      4. business development
      5. administrative

      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

      18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

      19. Cut off When You Need To

      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

      20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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