Travel and Swimming Fast: Build a Game Plan
USA Swimming has been coordinating National Team travel for over 30 years. Whether making travel arrangements for a small group or a large team, each poses unique challenges and requires the planning process to start early.
In our Global Travel Guide we share the tips and tricks we have learned along the way. By planning well, you can travel with peace of mind, stay focused on the competition and have a positive experience in the destination you are traveling to.
- Plan for:
- Passport (new application, renewal, page additions, pictures, processing time)
- Visa (application, photos, processing time)
- Air travel
- Check out the Department of State website (www.travel.state.gov) to see if the country you’re traveling to requires a visa
- Make certain you don’t book a tight connection; always allow yourself a little extra time
- Window seats over the water will get you a better night’s sleep as you will be uninterrupted by the person next to you getting up to use the restroom. You also have room for your pillow in the window space. It’s important that you select what works best for you, so if you feel more comfortable in an aisle seat book it.
- Be aware when booking travel. Try arranging travel to maintain normal schedules for training activities, as much as possible
- Prepare your travel first aid kit (see examples in the Global Travel Guide, page 6)
- Register with the USOC (link to form in Member Travel Portal)
- Learn a few key phrases in the local language
- Call your bank and credit card companies and let them know that you will be traveling overseas and ask for the non toll-free number to take with you
Even though these quick hitters are geared towards international travel, many can be applied to domestic travel as well. For more travel planning tips and tricks check out the Global Travel Guide.