What’s a better travel experience for a sports-obsessed fan than a visit to baseball spring training? I’ve traveled for the four major professional sports leagues in North America, not to mention college football and basketball, the Olympics and Premier League soccer. But there is just something about baseball travel that gets me excited.
One of the many publications and websites I have the honor to write for is Jetset Extra, and I will be traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., next week to cover baseball spring training for the site. I’ve never attended baseball spring training, so I’m really excited. The Phoenix area is home to the Cactus League, where 15 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams get ready for the upcoming season.
On the northeast side of Phoenix, Scottsdale is home to three teams, including the world-champion San Francisco Giants. If I play my cards right, I’ll get to see my Texas Rangers play at the Giants while I’m in town.
If you are a baseball fan and haven’t considered spring training travel I think attending Cactus League games would be a really fun way to attend a few games while exploring all the fun of a major city and the nearby outdoors.
The 15 teams are located in and around Phoenix, all within an easy drive of each other. I wrote in detail about spring training travel in Phoenix in The Daily Traveler, my travel column that appears every other week in The Daily News in Memphis. Check out “Baseball Heaven Found in Phoenix” here.