10 Tips for Organising a Group Trip to a MotoGP Race

Introduction:

Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier type of motorcycle racing and is divided into three classifications. Moto 3 is for 250cc four-stroke machines, Moto2 is for 600cc four-stroke machines and MotoGP is for 1000cc bikes.

These are purpose built factory machines as opposed to the modified Road bikes that race in the Superbike Championship. Any trip to one of these meetings will be exciting. The venues are glamorous, the Noise and crowd reactions are amazing and the racing is the epitome of motorcycle racing. With careful planning and the right group of friends or colleagues, your trip will be a memorable one.

1 – Choosing the group

Your particular group will to a certain extent choose itself. Opinions get polarised when it comes to MotoGP. People tend to go for either cars or bikes and even more often, either go for racing or not. MotoGP is the motorbike equivalent of F1 Motor Racing. By far the most popular of bike racing, it draws big crowds and visits some exciting locations around the world.
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2 – Decide on the venue

Here you have the world at your feet! Twenty F1 venues cover the entire planet and are as glamorous as they come. Here is the list for the 2015 season: For all ticket information click here. To download the 2015 MotorGP calendar click here.

Race 1

Grand Prix of Qatar

Date: 29th March
Circuit: Losail Circuit

Length: 3.375 miles. Capacity: 8,000
This circuit is located just outside in the town of Lusail, to the north of Doha, Qatar. It was built in just under a year by 1,000 workers and cost $58 million, it held its inaugural race in 2004. Permanent outdoor lighting for night races was added in 2007; the first night race in MotoGP history was the Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.

Race 2

Grand Prix of the Americas

Date: 12th April
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas

Length: 3.418 miles Capacity: 120,000
Built in 2011 in Travis County, near Austin, Texas, it is also the venue for the Formula One United States Grand Prix. It contains 20 bends and has an elevation change of some 133feet. Unusually it runs counter-clockwise.

Race 3

Grand Prix De La Republica Argentina

Date: 19th April
Circuit: Autudromo Termas de Rio Hondo

Length: 2.986 miles. Capacity: 120,000
This circuit was created in 2007 but then had a complete overhaul and rebuild in 2012, hosting its first MotoGP event in 2014. Between 1961 and 1999, this race was held at the Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez in Buenos Aires .

Race 4

Gran Premio De Espana

Date: 3rd May
Circuit: Jerez

Length: 2.751 miles. Capacity: 125,000
Opening its doors to the public in 1985 it held its first F1 GP event here in the same year. In May 2013, it was announced that the final corner would be renamed in honour of Spanish MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Race 5

Grand Prix de France

Date: 17th May
Circuit: Le Mans

Length: 2.597 miles. Capacity: 100,000
One of the most famous circuits in the world, Le Mans opened in 1966, It has a unique place in motorsport history and has hosted MotoGP events on the Bugatti circuit since 2000 following a major upgrade. The circuit forms part of the famous ‘Circuit de la Sarthe’, on which the 24 Hour race is run.

Race 6

Gran Premio D’Italia

Date: 31st May
Circuit: Mugello

Length: 3.259 miles. Capacity: 50,000
Between 1949 and 1990 this event was known as the Nation’s Grand Prix. It was one of the original rounds of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Originally held exclusively at Monza it remained there for 23 years. Then between 1972 and 1993, it rotated between several circuits before coming to the Mugello Circuit in 1994, where it has remained.

Race 7

Gran Premi De Catalunya

Date: 14th June
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona

Length: 2.892 miles. Capacity: 140,700
Prior to 2013 the track was known as the Circuit de Catalunya, Then a sponsorship deal with Barcelona City Council added Barcelona to the its title. Also home to the F1 Grand Prix it is a popular circuit with both fans and drivers alike.

Race 8

TT Assen

Date: 27th June
Circuit: Assen

Length: 2.824 miles. Capacity: 100,000
Having hosted Motorcycling Grand Prix since 1925 the Assen Circuit is known affectionately as the Cathedral of Motorcycling. It is easily the longest running event in the MotorGP calendar breaking only during the war years. The modern track was built in 1955, the original circuit was an incredibly 18 mile brick paved circuit.

Race 9

Motored Grand Prix Deutschland

Date: 12th July
Circuit: Sachsenring

Length: 2.299 miles. Capacity: 77,500
Also built in 1925,. it has hosted races continually since 1952, it is located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal which is near Chemnitz in the Saxony region of Germany. It used to be a complete road race, comparable to the Isle of Man TT, but after many fatalities, it was decided to take on new promoters, and move to the shortened purpose-built Sachsenring where it became a sell-out event immediately and has remained so.

Race 10

Indianapolis Grand Prix

Date: 9th August
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Length: 2.591 miles. Capacity: 257,000
The circuit is located approximately six miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Built in 1909 it is the highest capacity sports venue in the world. With in-field seating for the car racing it holds an astonishing 400,000 people. The MotoGP came here for the first time in 2008.

Race 11

Grand Prix Ceske Republiky

Date: 16th August
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno

Length: 3.357 miles. Capacity: 150,000
The original street circuit here, was its longest nearly 19 miles long. Racing on the old roads ceased in 1986, when the current circuit was opened. The annual MotoGP race is the circuit’s most important event. It has been held here since 1950 and is the most famous motor race in the country.

Race 12

British Grand Prix

Date: 30th August
Circuit: Donington Park

Length: 2.498 miles. Capacity: Not yet announced
From 1949 until 1972, the Isle of Man TT was the most prestigious event on the motorcycling calendar. Then, world champion Giacomo Agostini announced that he would never race there again, stating that the 37-mile circuit was too dangerous, his friend Gilberto Parlotti having been killed that year. Many riders followed his lead over the the next 4 years and the Isle of Man TT was scratched from the MotoGP calendar. It moved first, to Silverstone for a decade, before finding its home at Donington, then it went back to Silverstone from 2010 until 2015. It is due to move to Wales in 2016.

Race 13

Grand Prix Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini

Date: 13th September
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Length: 2.525 miles. Capacity: 60,000
The name of this race is a misnomer as the race actually takes place in Italy. However, because there is already an Italian motorcycle Grand Prix, it was given the title San Marino Grand Prix as the race track is located close to San Marino. The track carries the name of the tragic driver who was killed in 2011.

Race 14

Gran Premio De Aragón

Date: 27th September
Circuit: Moorland Aragón

Length: 3.155 miles. Capacity: 120,000
located near Alcañiz, Spain, it was announced as a replacement for the Hungarian Grand Prix for the 2010 MotoGP calendar. Aragón was already in place as a reserve track. It replaced the Hungarian event which was postponed due to overrunning construction work.

Race 15

Grand Prix of Japan

Date: 11 October
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi

Length: 2.980 miles. Capacity: 65,000
Taking its name comes from the fact that it has two race tracks: It was built in 1997 by Honda, as part of their efforts in bringing the IndyCar Series to Japan. The bikes use the road track. Honda has a museum and workshops here.

Race 16

Australian Grand Prix

Date: 18th October
Circuit: Phillip Island

Length: 2.762 miles. Capacity: 90,000
Built on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. This circuit was opened in 1956 and is also home to the Superbike races. After being upgraded, MotoGP gave the circuit a grand re-opening in 1989 when the race was won by 1987 World Champion Gardner to the delight of the large crowd. The track is a favourite among riders.

Race 17

Malaysian Motocycle Grand Prix

Date: 25th October
Circuit: Sepang Circuit

Length: 3.444 miles. Capacity: 80,000
Designed by German designer Hermann Tilke, it was inaugurated for the first Moto GP Malaysian Grand Prix on 20 April 1999. Sadly on 23 October 2011, the Italian motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli died following a crash on Lap 2, resulting in the abandonment of the race. The track is also used for F1 races.

Race 18

Gran premio De La Comunitat Valenciana

Date: 8th November
Circuit: Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo

Length: 2.517 miles. Capacity: 120,000
More often called simply Circuit Ricardo Tormo, after the Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer. It is located in Valencia, Spain and was built in 1999. It is often used as a test track by the Formula One teams, because of the mild temperatures in winter.

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3 – Be mindful of your budget

The location can set your budget as you decide how far and to which race you want to go. Money is often a tricky subject. A good way to deal with it is openness with the group members, whilst at the same time show discretion if someone expresses financial concerns. Early discussions can save embarrassment later on.

Get the agreement of the group in deciding a budget then stick to it. Try to minimise expenses by booking as early as possible.

4 – Location location location

This, of course, is down to a choice between the eighteen races. Discuss the venues with your group and pick the most popular choice, for travel, cost and location.

5 – Think Outside the Box

Don’t let yourself be constrained when planning this type of holiday. Book as early as possible and you should be able to take advantage of the best restaurant seats and other such add-ons. It is a huge anticlimax when the end of the race ends signals the end of your experience. Most races will have parties attached. Discovering too late about this sort of addition would be a shame.

When the trip does, in fact, come to an end, send out a follow-up email to gather feedback. This is a great opportunity to thank the group for participating and also gather information, useful in planning future trips.

6 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

7 – Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

8 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

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9 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

10 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

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11 Tips for Planning a Safari for a Group of Friends or Colleagues

Lets start at the beginning…

There can be few trips anywhere on earth that have the potential for more excitement and wonder, than a safari tour. Things have changed a lot from the early days of safari tours and nowadays, not only can they be ethical, but they do a lot of good for animal welfare and local economies.

1 – Choosing the group

The personnel of the group will in many ways choose itself. A safari is not a cheap holiday and obviously involves international travel. Therefore financial restrictions will determine who will or will not be available to make the trip. These kind of holidays appeal to a certain type of personality also. A love of nature and a desire to see wildlife are not everyone’s cup of tea. For those that do make the trip however, the rewards will stay with them for a life time.

A Safari is not like a trip to a zoo, and can be both mentally and physically demanding. Make sure your group is up to it. Most safari destinations are in developing sub-Saharan nations; it is therefore imperative that travellers take certain safety and health precautions.

2 – Decide on the type of event

Of course the first item for discussion will be ‘which country?’ Next up would be a list of which animals the group would want to see in their natural habitat. The “Big Five” are Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Rhinoceros. The type of safari needs to be decided also.

Luxury Safari

This type of safari is normally offered by well-known tour operators and typically will cost thousands of dollars per person, per week. This kind of all-inclusive tour, will include food, drinks and excursions. Fully catered luxury safaris offer travellers all the comforts of home, but in the African wild. Accommodation ranges from air-conditioned suites to incredibly stylish tents, these provide the best of both worlds, camping but with hot running water, rich bed linen and first-rate service. Ultra-luxurious safari lodges will cost over $1,000 a night.

Self-Drive

This is where you will simply choose a public game park, rent a vehicle and tour the African bush on your own. These are only possible in public parks with well signed, paved roads. For safety reasons, these are the only way to go. There is no chance of getting lost and provided you stick to the rules, there is little or no danger. For the least expensive safari, self-drive is the best option. Meals and itineraries can be added or supplemented, thus tailor-making your safari.

Not having a knowledgeable local guide, however, can mean that you may miss some wildlife. To reduce the chances of this happening, read guidebooks on spotting wildlife in your chosen destination, carry field guides and don’t be afraid to stop and ask other travellers what and where they’ve seen.

Overland or Mobile Safaris

These are generally the cheapest type of organised safari tour. An overland safari will generally involve campsite accommodation. It is likely that you will travel in a group with other people. Overland safaris are more often than not participatory. That is to say you may be expected to help out with chores such like cooking or setting up camp.

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3 – Location location location

Kenya:

Easily the place with the most abundant wildlife, is the Masai Mara National Reserve. Huge herds migrate annually across the plains here. However, beyond the Masai Mara and the Serengeti there are plenty of other excellent parks for viewing wildlife. The famous soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Bogoria are where hundreds of thousands of flamingos can be seen. Kenya is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world.

South Africa:

A popular destination for safaris. It has a well-organised and modern tourism infrastructure and sees many travellers in the high season. The Kruger National Park is its most famous destination, it is home to a huge number of African animals and sits within in the largest conservation area on the planet. Private game lodges can cost upwards of $500 per night.

Botswana:

This is the most expensive destination in Africa due to the government intervention, aimed at encouraging high-end tourism. The country sees much smaller numbers of safari travellers and is best suited for the luxury end of the market. Chobe National Park is famous for its elephants. Moremi Wildlife Reserve, has many of the “big five.” The Okavango Delta here is the best area for crocodiles, buffalo, zebras and hippos.

Namibia:

Namibia is less well known as a destination and has less well developed game parks. It does though, have some incredible natural wonders from the Namib Desert to the Fish River Canyon and the Etosha National Park, and more than 100 species of animal, including endangered animals such as the black rhinoceros. Zebra and desert elephants roam throughout the Skeleton Coast National Park, the most arid place in Africa.

Uganda:

Uganda is famous for its many primate reserves. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Ngamba Island offer travellers the chance to see gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates in their natural habitats. Here you will also see crocodiles, hippos and many exotic birds. The Murchison Falls National Park on the Nile River, has incredibly impressive waterfalls.

Tanzania:

Tanzania along with Kenya is home to the Serengeti National Park. This is the best in Africa for viewing the vast migrating herds of wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro, the marine parks off the coast, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, site of the Ngorongoro Crater and Oldupai Gorge are also notable viewing areas. This area is known as the Cradle of Mankind. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world and more than 30,000 animals live here, including the densest lion population on Earth.

4 – Immunisation and Immigration

Check with either your own immigration service or the Embassies of the country, which you plan to visit, to get information on visa requirements. It is also important that you visit your GP and ask about immunisation requirements and recommendations. Anti Malaria treatment before and after your safari will probably be necessary. Yellow fever vaccination is needed if visiting East and Southern Africa. You may also require hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid jabs. Visit websites such as The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, to get specific advise on health checks. Many vaccinations take several weeks to provide full protection, so don’t leave things till the last minute.

5 – Think Outside the Box

This is likely to be the trip of your lifetime. Don’t be scared of including other trips to make it extra special. A balloon flight of the Serengeti would appeal to most people. It is also worth keeping in mind that the dangers on these type of holidays are not necessarily the ones you would expect. Very few people get attacked by wild animals, Whereas dehydration and illness can offer real danger. Also there are like anywhere scams in operation. Used respected companies and don’t buy any extra trips from strangers.
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6 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

7 – Choosing Accommodations

If you are organizing accommodation for before or after or for the safari itself, then there are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

8 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

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9 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

10 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

11 – Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

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10 Tips for Organising Group Stadium Tours for Football Fans

Including 20 of the most recommended stadium tours in the world!

1 – Choosing the group

Football fans can be the most partisan followers of any sport in the world. That being said they all have a common interest, their love of the Beautiful Game. When it comes to it, differences are set aside in favour of visiting the famous arenas the sport that they adore.

Make sure that your group is likely to get on with each other, then send out a group email and keep them informed at every stage of the planning. If you manage to pull of special tickets or a great air deal, let them know. You are doing the work; there is nothing wrong with accepting the platitudes.

2 – Your own club or another famous one

These types of trips are unlike any other. Because of that partisan nature of football fans you have to make a decision as to whether you Want To Take A Group of fans of your own club, around that particular ground, or whether this Is to be a trip to a different iconic stadium. Both can be extremely satisfying. If you are close friends who have loyalties are spoilt between your city’s two clubs, why not do both.

3 – Be mindful of your budget

Obviously tours of this nature need some dialogue before booking. The world of football is huge and you can plan everything from a weekend excursion to a full on holiday taking in different cities or even countries to maximise the experience. Set a budget early on that suits your group and stick to it.

It is a good idea to make all bookings by credit card. This will give you certain guarantees and proof of purchase.

4 – Travel

Travel has never been easier than it is now. Whether this is to be a road trip, a train journey or a flight to another country, try and get a discount for group bookings. Most travel companies have discounts that they don’t always advertise. By use of good travel arrangements it is often possible to combine several stadia into the same trip.

5 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

6 – Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

7 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.
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8 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

9 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

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10 – When and Where

Now this is the big one. The world is full of iconic football stadia. Many countries have grounds that conjure up the magic of what football can bring. Almost all clubs now have stadium tours and for fans it is a great way of seeing a club from the inside.

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Here are 20 of the Best Stadium Tours in the World:

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England

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London

Wembley Stadium

Home of England International Football
Capacity 90,000
Wembley stadium is one of the most iconic names in world football. Totally rebuilt the new stadium opened its doors in 2007.
For information on stadium tours click here

Stamford Bridge

Home of Chelsea FC
Capacity 41,800
One of the big English Clubs, Chelsea has been totally transformed since the arrival of Roman Abramovic and his investment. They have several different packages available to tour the ground and the Chelsea Museum.
For information on stadium tours click here

The Emirates Stadium

Home of Arsenal FC
Capacity 60,000
One of the biggest clubs in England Arsenal have never been out of the top tier of English football. Opened in 2006, the fabulous Emirates Stadium is regarded as one of the best club grounds in Europe.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Manchester

Old Trafford

Home of Manchester United FC
Capacity 76,000
Arguably the biggest name in world football, Manchester United have won every major honour available to them, and remain a huge draw for football fans. Their stadium tours are extremely busy and early booking is advised.
For information on stadium tours click here

The Etihad Stadium

Home of Manchester City FC
Capacity 61,000*
The current English champions, Manchester City was totally transformed by the arrival of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan. Their stadium is currently undergoing expansion and the capacity for the start of the 2016 season will be 61,000, the second largest league ground in the English Premier League. Their training facility, also included in the tour is considered the best in world football.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Liverpool

Anfield

Home of Liverpool FC
Capacity 45,500
One of the biggest names in world football, their fans travel from all over the world to take part in the Anfield tour and see the Shankley Gates. Their song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is probably the most famous football anthem on Earth.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Spain

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Barcelona

Camp Nou

Home of FC Barcelona
Capacity 98,700
The immense “New Camp” is one of the most popular venues for football fans. Barcelona are one of the giants of European football and their stadium in the heart of the Catalonian capital sees thousands of visitors daily.
For information on stadium tours click here

Madrid

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Home of Real Madrid
Capacity 85,400
Barcelona’s great rivals Real Madrid are the other really big name in Spanish football. This stadium in the heart of Spain’s capital city, draws thousands of visitors and is an icon of world football. They rival Manchester United at the top of football rich list.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Italy

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Milan

Stadio Guiseppe Meazza

Home of Internationale and A.C.Milan
Capacity 80,000
The two Milan giants shame the same stadium. The Italians call it simply the San Siro after the area in which it stands. It is huge, an absolute monolith from the outside and tours are balanced between the two great rivals. The stadium was expanded and modernised for the 1990 World Cup Finals.
For information on stadium tours click here

Turin

Juventus Stadium

Home of Juventus
Capacity 41,000
Juventus used to share the Stadio Delle Alpi with Torino the other Turin based club. Drawing smaller and smaller crowds the club decided to move back closer to the city and the new stadium was opened in 2011. The Stadium tour and museum is one of the better ones in Europe.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Holland

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Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Arena

Home of AFC Ajax
Capacity 53,000
One of the newer grounds in World football, it was built from scratch in 1996 at a cost of €140 Million. Home of Ajax, the most successful team in Dutch history, it is a superb arena, very dramatic from the outside. With a retractable pitch it is used to host many major events.
For information on stadium tours click here

Rotterdam

De Kuip

Home of Feijenoord
Capacity 51,500
The De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam is home to Feijenoord, one of the giants of European football. Its official name of Stadion Feijenoord is hardly ever used. De Kuip means the Tub or Bowl.

For information on stadium tours click here

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Germany

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Munich

The Allianz Arena

Home of FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München
Capacity 71,137
Bayern Munich are the most successful club in Germany. Regular participants in the Champions League they have a formidable following. Built in 2006, the arena is spectacular, clever use of lighting can change the colour of the entire exterior for different events.
For information on stadium tours click here

Dortmund

Signal Iduna Park

Home of Borussia Dortmund
Capacity 80,800
Prior to 2005 this was known as the Westfalenstadion, before taking its sponsors name. It was built for the 1974 World cup and is home to the German Giants Borussia Dortmund.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Portugal

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Lisbon

Estádio da Luz

Home of SL Benfica
Capacity 65,600
The Iconic Stadium of Light is one of the most well known stadia in the world and home to Benfica, one of the most successful clubs in Europe.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Argentina

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Buenos Aires

Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti

Home of River Plate
Capacity 74,600
Unofficially known as El Monumental, this is home to River Plate, a giant of South American football. It is also the home of the Argentina National side and a venue for the 1978 World Cup and the 2011 Copa America.

La Bombonera

Home of Boca Juniors
Capacity 40,00
Known as the chocolate box due to its shape, it is home to Boca Juniors, one of the most famous clubs in South America. Quite small as famous grounds go, it generates an enviable atmosphere on match days.

A Superb 5 hour joint tour of both these grounds can be booked. For information click here

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Uruguay

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Montevideo

Centenario Stadium

Home of the Uruguay National Team and Penarol.
Capacity 65,000
On July 18, 1983, it was declared by FIFA as the only historical monument of World Football, the only building of its kind in the world.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Brazil

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Rio De Janeiro

Estádio do Maracanã

Home of Flamengo Fluminense and Botafogo
Capacity 79,000

This used to be the biggest football stadium in the world but recent alterations and modernisations have reduced the capacity. It is though, still number one on most fans’ wish list.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Mexico

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Mexico City

The Estadio Azteca

Home of Club América and the Mexico National Team
capacity 105,000
The fabulous Aztec Stadium opened its doors in 1966 and hosted games in the 1970 World Cup Finals. Its capacity has recently been reduced from 115,000 for safety reasons. It remains one of the most iconic grounds in world football.
For information on stadium tours click here

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