I told my partner that I wanted to watch the Champions League Final while we were vacationing in Greece. He was not impressed. I understand that. We hadn’t visited Greece before, and I wanted to spend some of our precious time watching a soccer match? Sports fans can commiserate with me, but people who aren’t fans have no clue what we’re going through.
As a digital nomad, I travel a lot, and finding ways to keep up with Liverpool FC has been the bane of my existence. Watching the Champions League Final in Greece is far easier than watching regular games for me. I am in Asia most of the time, where the time zones make for many matches only half-watched.
For me, it’s soccer. Others love sports which tend to be much for local. But what I’ve found is you can always make a plan. Even if your passion is baseball, you can watch MLB online free while traveling.
Here’s how to do it.
Download a VPN
The first thing you’ll need to do is download a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN routes you through an external server, making it look like you’re somewhere else. Choose a server in the US and streaming sites will think you are there no matter where in the world you really are. You’ll have access to all local streaming services as usual.
The truth is that you should own a VPN already, as it is hugely important for security. The ability to stream sports is just an added advantage.
Get with the time (zones)
There are people who legitimately call for abolishing time zones and living in a world where we don’t have to all start the day at the “same” hour. It makes sense in a globalized world. Organizing a meeting can be hell when you’re speaking to people across the world.
Before you go on your trip, figure out which days and when games will be. Make sure to check that the day they are said to be on isn’t really late on the previous night. There are apps to help you with this if you’re understandably confused.
Decide when to compromise
There are games that are unmissable (the Champions League Final, in my case) and others that you won’t mind just checking the score. Decide in advance which games you’re going to insist on watching and which games you’ll compromise on. The key is to not tell your travel companions in advance! That way, when you agree not to watch a game, you come across as reasonable, even though you’re as unreasonable as all of us sports fans are.
Find a sports bar
Finally, when you’re traveling across the world and have to watch a game at three in the morning, it can feel like more trouble than it’s worth. It is difficult to enjoy even the most exciting games.
However, there are almost always expats watching the game in a sports bar somewhere. Find out where they are and you’ll experience a sense of camaraderie that is more potent than any you’ve ever felt.