If you want to see your favorite bands perform but don’t live in a major city like New York, Tokyo, or London, chances are you’re going to have to go on the road. Some will see this as a hassle. Others, however, will view it as an opportunity for adventure.
Yet for any adventure to be a successful one, it typically requires plenty of planning. So from Coldplay to Cypress Hill, here are four important tips for traveling to see your favorite band or artist play:
Before anything else, you need to get your hands on tickets for your concert of choice.
Depending on the popularity of the band or artist, this can end up being a large hurdle to overcome. If it’s an act with worldwide status, prepare to be up bright and early, incessantly refreshing the ticket sale page, and hope you gain access to tickets before the scalpers.
If you miss out on those concert tickets when they’re first released, don’t throw in the towel just yet. There is the option of utilizing a resale ticket service. You’ll likely have to pay more than face value, but it’s worth it – particularly if your favorite performer isn’t known for going on regular tours.
Just remember: only go with a reputable and legitimate source for any resale tickets.
Once you have secured the tickets, it’s essential you arrange your travel as soon as possible. There are two main reasons why. Firstly, the best hotels and travel choices will be quickly booked. Secondly, once the local accommodation options catch wind that a major event is taking place in the area, they will ramp up their prices.
If you need to fly, ensure you use flight comparison website such as Skyscanner to ensure you get the best price. The same can also be said for using the likes of trivago to compare the cost of hotels.
When you book your accommodation, there’s more to it than price and amenities. In fact, there’s one aspect that sits above any other: location.
For instance, you might find a number of hotels which are cheaper than other picks in the area. However, this could be down to them being on the outskirts and miles away from the venue. The price initially saved might then be negated – or even exceeded – based on the public transport needed to get around the area.
There are a number of reasons why you will want to arrive at the concert early. The main point is simple: you don’t want to miss any of the performance.
In addition, arriving early will help to alleviate stress and save money. The latter is based on the fact you can avoid paying those extortionate prices for food and drink from within the venue. Instead, visit a nearby restaurant or bar and fill up before going to enjoy the show.