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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 18, 2020

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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