Tips for Watching the Formula 1™ Races With Your Family

Tips for Watching the Formula 1™ Races With Your Family

Watching the Formula 1™ races is more fun when you’re in a group as you can rave and scream for your favorite team or driver. But once you settle down and have kids, your priorities change. Getting your family to join you for the experience of a lifetime is a lot more challenging, especially if your family is not interested in watching the races.

It’s not that you can never watch Formula 1™ races ever again, but you need to think of how to persuade them to go with you. Much like making a business presentation to clients or bosses, this requires some careful planning and a convincing sales pitch.

Want to improve your chances of watching the Formula 1™ Grand Prix™ races in Abu Dhabi, Monaco, Japan or in one of the other international locations with your family? Here are a few tips to help you organize a trip that everyone is sure to enjoy.

1. Offer more than just the races

It is difficult to feel excited about an activity that they have never experienced before. Your kids may have heard you talk about the races and have seen them on TV, but that is not the same as physically being there and watching it from the stands. As such, package the trip in such a way that the races aren’t the only highlight of the trip.

Don’t let the trip be just about you and find activities that can get each member of the family interested. For instance, Austin, Texas, is home to some of the best BBQ restaurants and culinary experiences in the United States. If your wife and kids are into food, include a food sampling trip in your itinerary.

On the other hand, the Suzuka Grand Prix™ is usually held in October, which is when the autumn season starts to roll in Japan. The cooler months are ideal for visiting the nearby flower parks. Also, just right next door is the Yuenchi Mortpia, a small theme park complete with rides, swimming pools, and shops, perfect for kids and adults alike.

2. Consider different price ranges

Do you plan to go for a DIY approach or avail of a Formula One™ package? Try to come up with various options to fit your budget.

The DIY approach will be undoubtedly cheaper than opting for a package. You can pick where you want to stay, where to eat, and what activities you want to do. However, even if it’s more affordable, you will need to plan each aspect carefully to make sure everyone is enjoying the trip without going over your budget.

A more convenient option is taking advantage of a Grand Prix™ VIP packages. The packages may cost more, but you and your family are assured of a great time while you are there.

For instance, did you know that the Supercar Experience in Monaco has an 8-Day Driving Tour Package that includes meals prepared by Michelin chefs and stays in iconic hotels along the way? The trip itself will be led by none other than Asian and European Le Mans Series Champion Oliver James Webb. Here, not only will you enjoy watching the Grand Prix™ and meeting a legend, but your family will also enjoy the experience of being in the lap of luxury.

3. Prepare the essentials

You may never know what is and isn’t available while you are traveling around, so don’t forget to bring a backpack with some snacks and drinks inside it. Most Formula One™ circuit tracks allow observers to bring their own food although you may need to check to make sure that this is the case. Not only is this cheaper than buying at the track, but you can also choose healthier alternatives to the snacks that they sell there.

Some racing packages already include meals, but young kids tend to be picky eaters. To ensure that you have something to keep your kids content, full, and preoccupied during the trip, bring snacks and toys that you’re sure they’ll love. The snacks will also come in handy when you travel around the area and not just when watching the races.

Races can get loud, and if this is the first time your kids are watching the races, the noise can easily irritate them. Bring headphones for each person who is coming along during the trip. The headphones will help protect their ears and reduce some of the stimuli that may leave them feeling overwhelmed.

Also, try to consider the weather and general environment when filling up your backpack. If you are planning to watch from the bleachers, bring some hats, sunglasses, jackets or ponchos and cushions or pillows. With these, you can keep your family comfortable and protected, even if the weather changes unexpectedly.

Remember that anything can happen when traveling so best be prepared for anything and do as much research as you can. By following these tips, you are now more able to plan for an enjoyable day at the races, and increase your chances of getting your trip approved by your spouse and kids.

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