Sports is one of those particularly human joys. Fandom brings overwhelming excitement, huge disappointment, and everything in between. It also makes very little sense to those who haven't been caught by the fandom bug.
Which is why most of us have difficulty explaining to family and friends why we need to keep up with every UFC fight even while traveling the world. How do you describe the urgency in staying up till late hours to catch a fight live? How do you explain missing out on unique travel experiences?
Being asked to explain it is unfair, because part of the joy is that there is no explanation. You're a fan because you're a fan and you're loyal, not for any logical reason. Still, that doesn’t eliminate the problem: sometimes, the best fights take place at the worst possible times.
If you're going away, for vacation or business, you'll want to follow the following 3 tips.
Plan Well In Advance
The very first thing you need to do is to plan well in advance. Sit down with your own schedule, as well as a schedule of upcoming fights. Try and determine which fights are the most important, the ones you absolutely cannot miss. Take a look at where you will be at that moment. And start doing the calculations.
By calculations I mean a range of things: what time will it be in that location? What priorities will you be faced with at that time? Who do you have to keep happy? How much can you afford to compromise on your trip?
Time zone is a particularly important factor, as it trips even the most worldly and mathematical types. Cross-check your calculations with Google. Trust me, you can never be too prepared in this respect – I know it seems obvious, but remember that the late hours of the night will be listed as the following day.
Get a VPN
Depending on where you are going, you may not have access to UFC broadcasts. Some countries just don’t have many UFC fans. Alternatively, they show fights on paid channels that your hotel might not have.
The good news is that most fights can be streamed. The trouble is that streaming of US channels might be blocked in your destination. You will need a VPN (virtual private network) to unblock UFC streaming.
A VPN is actually a piece of software used for security purposes. It is important to have one anyway in today’s age, as it hides your location and encrypts your data, protecting you from identity theft.
Because it hides your location by routing you through an external server, it can act like you are in the US, even when you are not.
Ignore The FOMO
Ultimately, you are going to have to compromise. You cannot do everything, while keeping yourself and everyone else happy. That ideal is simply unattainable.
You are going to feel a lot of FOMO, when you're watching fights as well as when you are missing them. You will always feel that you could be missing something vital.
The fear of missing out is real, but try not to let it influence your decisions. When it comes down to it, there are always ways to keep up with the fight, even if you're not sitting in front of a screen.