The College Football Travel Tour kicks off this week as we welcome college football fans and travelers of all ages on this journey to explore college towns, local cultures and attractions, and some college football. Join me on the road for 9 games in the 2012 College Football Travel Tour with Expedia on the College Football Travel Tour page.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, beers, soda – an ideal menu for some college football tailgating. Autumn leaves hang from bright blue skies as Fall colors explode in a sea of orange, yellow, and red on college campuses and football stadiums. Team spirit is on full display as rabid college football fans wear the team colors in a variety of ways, covered from head to toe. The energy and passion of fans, alumni, and youthful college students cover the field as they cheer on their team on a cool, crisp Saturday afternoon – a perfect day for college football.
The year was 1984 when I experienced my first college football game with my dad. Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina was the scene as the stadium trembled and the crowd roared setting the stage for South Carolina Gamecocks football. From the first play, I was hooked and would spend a couple more years seeing the Gamecocks play. My love for college football was the start of this journey.
(If you want to learn more about the game, check out College Football 101 for travelers and football fans)
A few years later, I attended another college football game to watch the Furman Paladins play. At halftime, I walked around the campus and checked out the buildings and classrooms – my love for college campuses was born. From these childhood memories, experiences, and passions, a love for college football and campuses opened the door to travel dreams I had not yet realized.
Today, travel and college football come together in this exciting new series.
The College Football Travel Tour explores my passion for college football and travel as I share stories about football, people, and the sights and sounds that are celebrated on college campuses, towns, and cities all over the US. I will travel to college football games and campuses all over the country and be your personal guide to college football games, local attractions and activities, college culture and traditions, and inspirational stories.
Even if you aren’t a fan of college football, these stories and travel guides will take you beyond the game on a journey through the towns, cultures, and people of America.
How sports inspired me to travel
I love to travel because I am fascinated by new places, like to explore new cultures, experience people and ways of life that are different, and see things I can’t see at home. Before I ever left home on a big road trip or a faraway destination on the other side of the world, college football inspired me to travel.
This connection with sports and travel was only the beginning. In Barcelona, I connected with 95,000 passionate Catalans at a FC Barcelona soccer game. I’ve joined the crowds and experienced the passion of Canadian hockey fans during the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver. And I learned that whether or not you are a fan of sports, travel and sports can connect you with the local culture and make those travel memories just as special as the museums, monuments, and magical places you visit.
The College Football Travel Tour wants to inspire you to travel
Passion, beauty, youth, culture, food, and people are what make college football so exciting. Many people are passionate about the football games and their schools. However, you don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy the College Football Travel Tour. This series will inspire anyone to travel with stories on local cultures and traditions, small towns and big cities, and people from all walks of life.
- The College Football Travel Tour will give you a great view of the game, the players, and the coaches. However, I want to introduce you to the fans, the schools, sights and sounds, and the towns too.
- The College Football Tour brings you the tailgating, the band, and the atmosphere so you know what game day is like. I also want you to meet others like the happy little kid who roots for his favorite team as he bonds with his dad.
- The College Football Travel Tour will put you in the seats to share in the excitement of the fans rooting on the team. I want you to understand that these fans are more than just fans and enjoy a connection with this place, their schools, and each other.
- The College Football Travel Tour will bring you great moments in football, records, upsets, unforgettable moments, and championships. Come with me and see that what happens off the field touches a community and transcends age, race, and gender to bring people together.
The College Football Travel Tour wants to inspire you to travel to these places beyond the football games and tailgating parties. As you will see, this series will feature more than just a football game so let me be your guide.
The College Football Travel Tour guide
Every college has wonderful traditions, a rich history, a unique culture, some great football traditions, and is a vital part of the community. Each stop on the College Football Travel Tour will highlight travel, football, and a number of other features that will interest football fans and travelers everywhere.
College football game days - Each stop will focus on the college football game, the football history, tailgating, bands, coaches, players, and other football stories that go behind the scenes for a deeper look at college football.
College traditions and culture - Each college town has its own football and campus traditions which inspire the passion and loyalty of fans and students. Learn about some of these college traditions that make these schools and universities so unique and interesting.
College life and history - College students are an essential part to any university. Learn from some of the students as they share their thoughts on college, what they enjoy, and experiences they recommend. Then go beyond life in college today and learn about the history of these colleges and universities and how they got started.
Local attractions and history - There is more to a college town than just the school. So find out what there is to do in these towns that appeals to visitors and tourists. Discover the history of these places and be inspired to go beyond the classrooms, dorms, and football fields with things to see and do.
Places to eat - Find local restaurants and unique dishes in college towns and cities. Get local stories on owners and unique establishments that make visiting a college town so much fun.
Places to stay - Find out where to stay when visiting these colleges or attending college football games. Find places for families, read hotel reviews, and get an overview of the best hotels and accommodations for location and budget.
Travel tips - For those who are choosing where to go to college, you can go on a campus tour or do an official college visit. However, travel tips will help you decide on what to do, where to go, and what areas to explore or avoid when checking out a school. For those who come to town for a football game or just for fun, these tips can help you as well.
Inspirational stories – Every person has a story to tell and we can be inspired by people from all walks of life. A father and son attending a football game for the first time, students who have overcome hardships, professors who have gone the extra mile, athletes with incredible stories – learn about the people who are a part of the living history of these college campuses and be inspired.
Videos - Experience college football and campus life with videos of games, students, college life, attractions, interviews, and stories. You never know what you will see as I share the sights and sounds of life on campus.
If you love college football, sports, or travel, I encourage you to get your ticket, put on your team colors, join the tailgating party, and relive those college years as you join me on the road for the College Football Travel Tour.
Here’s your chance to help me – what stops should I make on the College Football Travel Tour? What do you want to see in this series? Check out stories from the Naval Academy, University of Washington, and University of South Carolina as well as 9 games with Expedia on the College Football Travel Tour page.
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