Tournaments and Special Events

We all have our special interests.  In most cases, each of those interests has special opportunities to experience them. From an opera at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York, the College basketball Final Four, Super Bowl, Indianapolis 500, World Series, the Kentucky Derby  to the Kennedy Center in Washington.   And these all are events in the USA, there are many beyond.  I had a client who went to see Wagner’s Ring Cycle all over the world.  They all have two things in common: You need to plan in advance and purchase your tickets early.  This can not be emphasized enough!

What is early to me?  Tickets to events often go on sale more that twelve months prior to the event.  And you need to be willing to pay a lot of money, much more than a regular event.  Then there is housing. For events like the Olympics, the governing body takes control of all the hotel rooms in the vicinity.  Therefore you need to do your tickets and hotels reservations at the same place.  Make sure you are dealing with a reputable operation! There are lots of scam artist when it comes to special events and of course, resale tickets can be illegal, depending on the local rules. You may need to purchase tickets and hotel reservations 18- 24 months prior to the event. I strongly recommend insurance!

Then there is transportation. Airline tickets go on sale 11 months prior.  If you want the best fares book as soon as possible.  (This is so true for the late December holidays and February break)  Again the airlines may block the lower fares so be prepared to spend a bit more than normal.

Watching one of your passions performed live is a wonderful memory!  What is yours?

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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