So, you've booked your tickets to that hot gig of your favourite band, and you're really excited about going! But oh no. You have just realised that it finishes late and you won't be able to get home afterwards, so you're going to have to book into a hotel. And then there's travel, and food and...ARGH! But, calm down, it isn't that bad. Nothing that a little organisation couldn't sort out anyway!
Things You Will Need
Pen and Paper
The first thing to think about, is how are you going to get there? Do you drive? Yes, sorted. No, do you know someone else who could drive? Yes, great. No, are there trains that will take you there? Since most gigs take place in major locations, it is very likely that a train will be able to take you to the right place. Check out thetrainline website; there you'll be able to check train times and prices. You might even be able to find some great offers. You can book tickets through the website or head to your nearest train station,where staff are always happy to help! If train isn't an option, then you can also try the National Express website. There you'll be able to look up bus times and prices, and book your seats.
Step 2If you need to find transport once you get to your location, traveline is a great website for more local bus and train times. The website will also tell you where and when you'd have to do any walking.
Step 3Okay, now you know how you're going to get there. But where are you going to stay? Laterooms is an excellent website to check out cheap hotel and B&B deals in practically every area of the country! They'll find you deals that even the hotels themselves aren't offering! Laterooms also offers great customer reviews and feedback, so please make sure you check this out, as there has been some really horrible hotels on this website in my own experience! You might also want to check out Premier Inn, Travelodge and Innkeepers Lodge (Innkeepers Lodge often have three nights for the price of two, well worth it if you can find when close enough!) Each of these hotel chains appear in most major towns and cities, offer good deals and because they're so commercial (meaning they have high reputations!) they are usually good quality.
You've sorted out your travel plans, you've booked your hotel! Great, nothing more to worry about! Right? Wrong! Going to places that you've perhaps never been to before can sometimes be incredibly scary, especially when you're not sure where to go. So, make sure that you always know the way! Look up the post code for the train station/gig venue/hotel and look up the directions between each location using the "Route Finder" option on Streetmap. A good idea is to print out the maps so that you can take them with you!
Step 5If you intend to eat whilst you're there (pretty likely that you will!!) or if you fancy visiting other attractions in your free time, a good place to look for both of these, is on the website for the hotel that you booked. They more often than not offer guides to local restaturants and attractions. If that doesn't help, look up the local Tourist Information. Once you arrive at the hotel, many hotels offer leaflets on local attractions, or you can ask Reception staff who are usually highly experienced in helping people finding places of interest.
Step 6If you intend to travel by train, roughly a week before you're due to leave, check the National Rail website to check for any kind of Engineering work, especially if you are travelling over a weekend, and especially on a Sunday.
On the night before you're due to go make sure you have all of the following:
Train tickets (if applicable) and a list of all the trains that you need to catch, including all changes.
Any maps (very important)
The details of your hotel is also a handy thing to have.As long as you take the time to plan your trip, there is no reason why everything shouldn't run smoothly, even when things don't always go according to perfect plan. So, have fun and don't forget to enjoy yourself!