Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Going On A Mini Tour? Start Planning Now!


If you aren’t able to make the commitment to tour on the road full time, it doesn’t mean that traveling out of state to disc golf is out of the question. Whether you’re in school or have a steady job, there’s a good chance you get some sort of break or vacation time during the year.

When it comes to playing tournaments and living the tour life, there’s no such thing as planning too much. If summer vacation or spring break seems like an eternity away, it’s not too soon to begin looking at tour dates and figuring out your schedule.

Logistics 101

Many players find that no matter how long or short their tour is, they enjoy taking a friend with them on the road. Typically it’s a person who is also competing and touring with them, but other times is a close companion or partner. Touring can be stressful but also super fun, so you’ll want to take some time to figure out if going solo is the right move for you or not.

Depending on who’s coming along, your lodging situation might vary. Thanks to an ever-growing disc golf community, many players find that they can locate places to stay for little to no cost while on the road. Crashing on a fellow player’s floor or couch could suffice depending on your travel style, while others prefer more privacy.

Be sure to check out options through Airbnb as well as traditional hotels to figure out what looks most appealing and what fits within your budget. Take into consideration that the cost to drive to each event will take a toll as well, so think about the big picture when calculating costs.

Determining Your Schedule

First and foremost, take into consideration how much time you’ll be out on tour. If it’s only for a few weeks, it’s probably a good starting point to plan for one event per weekend, making either two or three events your maximum. Consider how much money you have available for tournament entry fees as well as your overall skill level, as these will both factor into whether you play top-notch A-tiers or opt for smaller events closer to home.

One of the most important pieces of advice that touring pros will give you is to allow time for rest, so even if you’re touring for only a few weeks, make sure you have enough time to get from destination to destination without depriving yourself of downtime. Ultimately, it will make for a more fun trip and will help increase your chances of performing that much better.

A Taste Of The Big Time

Embarking upon a mini tour is a great way to see if full-time tour life might be the right choice for you. If you live, eat, and breathe disc golf and end up finding your home on the road, it could be that much more of an incentive to rearrange your life to make touring a reality. Above all else, make sure your tour is fun and memorable!
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