Friday, August 24, 2018

Looking Ahead To 2019

Wait, we’re only just in the midst of summertime and tour season hasn’t even finished - why are we talking about 2019 already? For some, the thought of planning for next year is so far from their minds, it almost gives them anxiety the moment you mention it. However, going on tour is an involved task, and you almost can’t plan too early.

Whether you’re out on the road right now or not, it might benefit you to think about your tour plans for the next year. The earlier you can plan where you’ll stay and which events you’ll participate in, the less stress you’ll feel as the months go by.

Accurate Evaluations

Those who are currently on tour during 2018 have a huge advantage when thinking about the 2019 season, as you not only have the experience on the road but you can look to past experiences to inform your future choices.

Was there a particular event you played this year that was an absolute must visit from here on out? What about cities that left something to be desired and events you’d rather not have to endure again? No matter what the specifics are, take a peek at how things have gone this year and allow yourself to travel to events that feel right for you instead of simply following where the other players go.

Get Out Your Calendar

While some TDs are still trying to get through this year, others are already roughly mapping out when and where their 2019 event will take place. The PDGA website is always a great resource to look ahead to future events, and simply just getting these on your calendar is a good starting point.

As the end of the year nears, these events will be solidified and you can make a more detailed plan and start to map out your stops. Once you have a good idea about where you’ll be and when, you’ll be ready to start talking accommodations.

Sometimes it can be nerve-wracking to book a hotel or AirBnB six months in advance, but as long as you carefully review their cancellation policy, you should be in the clear if things change. Securing your lodging well in advance can help you to get lower prices and won’t leave you in a panic if it’s the week before a tournament and no rooms are available.

Utilizing The Off Season

Could you wait to do all of this planning until the winter months? Sure, but if you plan on training during the offseason or simply want to take a break from even thinking about disc golf for a while, it will pay off to get your plans secured way ahead of time.

We want to hear from you! How far in advance do you schedule your season tour? Is it crazy to begin talking about 2019 when we still have so much disc golf left, or is it the smart thing to do and most people are missing the boat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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