We’ve got two fresh ideas for NFL fun for those who aren’t anti-football, but are tired of the same old parties.
A huge Jets fan lives on Long Island and is excited to see his team go for the title. (Hey, it could happen). But seeing that all the hotels are booked up, he lists his place on Homeexchange.com, noting that he wants to go to Phoenix for the game. A Phoenician sees his post, and decides that escaping the crowds and enjoying hot cocoa in front of the Jet fan’s fireplace sounds like an ideal winter getaway. Just like that, he’s flying to JFK and the Long Islander is en route to watch Rex and Co. take the field. In addition to sharing their homes, members often also lend each other their cars and sporting equipment.
Winning Super Bowl tickets didn’t pan out? That’s ok. The first weekend in February is a great time to visit the hometowns of the teams who are in competition. “Imagine how much fun it was last year to share the huge fan energy in Seattle and Denver, where urban spaces hosted big screen TVs for public viewing,” said Kyle McCarthy, editor of Family Travel Forum. “Make this one an early Valentine’s Day present by finding last minute travel bargains online. Nothing beats connecting with locals by rooting for the home team.” JetBlue will be adding extra flights
to and from the hometowns of the teams vying for the championship. Plus, they’ll be showing the game on their seat-back TVs and offering free barbecue-wing-flavor pretzels and drink specials.
No Game: Skipping the Super Bowl, America’s foremost secular holiday, allows savvy travelers to save money and avoid crowds