Once competitors and martial arts coaches decide to pursue a major karate circuit like NASKA or NBL, it will be realized that participation in this sport can be very expensive. Many years ago, I attended a symposium by Charlie Lee and said that the only major difference between many local and local competitors is that patriots have money to travel. I have been on both NBL and NASKA circuits. She also got involved in an international competition abroad, so I learned some tricks over the years to help save some of the total costs involved in the competition.
Most karate courses offer some savings through pre-registration. With the addition of many promoters to online registration capabilities recently, pre-registration is quick. Of course, there is a risk of losing fees entirely if they do not appear in this event for some reason. Even if you have pledged to attend certain courses, other circumstances may prevent you from going. For example, I missed the championships because of canceling flights due to bad weather. It is also possible to postpone or miss flights due to reasons beyond your control. Of course, unexpected home emergencies can always cause trips to be canceled. So although one can save some good money over the course of a year by pre-registering all events, it is a risk.
Most tournament promoters also set room rates for custom tournament hotels. These special rates usually range from around $ 100 to $ 125, and are very good considering that most event hotels are the most important chain of hotel chains like Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, etc. However, I have found that if one is willing to do some research, it is more important to save as possible with accommodation. I almost don't stay in event hotels anymore. Instead, I will search to discover nearby hotels. The map facility on Yahoo is great for this. Just go to Yahoo and click on "Maps". Then enter the title and city of the Championship Hotel. Search for other hotels nearby and the site will show you where they are on the map as well as how far they are away from the event hotel. I can also use travel websites like Travelocity and Expedia to check other nearby hotels. Many hotels are often less expensive, especially lower quality hotels. In addition to travel websites, I would also check room rates directly through Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, Econolodge and Quality Inn), Holiday Inn, Days Inn and Motel 6 via their websites. The rooms in these chains are not as luxurious as those of major hotels but are clean and comfortable. It is not down the barrel like some independent hotel. Prices can be 50% lower than championship rates for event hotels. The average room rate was around $ 50, and often includes free breakfast rarely served by event hotels.
Many low-priced hotels are within walking distance of the championships. Even if the hotel is not within walking distance, the taxi fare is usually worth the room. I stayed at the airport location hotels, then used the hotel's free shuttles both in the place I was staying in addition to the event hotel to roam around. Of course, all this is not as comfortable as staying in an event hotel but if you are willing to plan ahead a bit, it is possible to make good savings. Of course, for events where I extend my stay for vacation purposes, a rental car will allow me to stay anywhere I want.
Another way to cut half of your hotel expenses is to leave immediately after your competitors have finished. You will miss evening shows, but if you don't mind it, you only have to stay one night instead of two. Throughout the year, individual night trips can lead to significant savings.
Driving will be the most economical way to travel to tournaments, but if the locations are too far away, flying will be the most realistic way to get there. One can also explore trains as well. As for flights, one can wait for seat sales to purchase tickets. Another strategy is to travel to or outside the various airports near the city of Hadath. There may be significant savings in air fares if you are willing to use alternative airports. In some cities there are more than one major airport in the region. Alternative airports can reduce travel costs for competitors who have to cross the US-Canadian border as well. Canadians who drive to U.S. airports directly across the border can sometimes save up to 50% for flights. Passengers must join all frequent flyer programs but try to stay with an airline or two major companies if possible. Points add what could lead to free trips in the future. Of course, the points of staying in the hotel, renting cars and using a credit card also help.
As mentioned earlier, I try to use the free shuttle service to the hotel whenever possible. If my hotel did not have a free shuttle and was close to the Hadath hotel, sometimes I would take the free hotel shuttle and then walk to my hotel. I often use the hotel's event shuttle for the ride back to the airport too. All you have to do is wander around the hotel's lobby to appear like a guest and no one should doubt your use of the shuttle.
Many of the big cities where tournaments are held have very safe and efficient transportation systems from the airport. For example, instead of paying for taxis or an airport shuttle service, taking a bus or local metro train for around $ 1.50 will take me to the tournament just as easily.
So, as you can see, there are different ways to get rid of the total expenses for Karate tournament travel. You just have to do your research for each trip. As for meals, you can always hold yourself silly for a very reasonable price in those Chinese buffets located just about everywhere.