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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 September 10, 2019

      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

      1. Gratitude

      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

          6. Rise Earlier

          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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          Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

          Reference

          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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