Welcome to the Disfruta Sports Tours blog. This first blog entry pertains a bit of info about myself as well as what we aim to achieve in this business venture.
My name is Faldiel Bassadien. I am a proud Capetonian and Londoner and also hold a warm place my heart for all things Spanish. I am fortunate enough to have travelled regularly over the past 13 years and have gained priceless memories along the way. For this I am grateful. I come from a close knit family and for as long as I can remember sports has always played a big role in my life.
I got into endurance sports about 4 years ago and have been travelling to do events for about the same time. Combining travel with sports has definitely opened up a new dimension for me. My only regret over the past few years, (besides 2 events in France), is that I haven’t been able to share these great moments or compare stories with people I know who have done the same or similar events. There are just some things or moments that words and pictures cannot explain.
Sports travel has become popular in Europe and I have used quite a few sport travel operators to do events. Some have been average but most have been brilliant. I like the fact that I can pay one amount and all the logistical hassle of flights, airport transfers, hotels, race entry, etc. is taken care of while I concentrate only on the event that I’ve been training so hard for. The issue for South Africans though is that European sports travel companies are geared for European clients in both pricing and itinerary which is unfortunate.
The purpose behind establishing Disfruta Sports Tours is to bridge the gap between South African endurance athletes and sporting events in Europe. Initially our main focus will be Running, Cycling, Mountain Biking and Triathlon.
“Disfruta” means “Enjoy”. It is a word of encouragement used often in Spain and we hope it will be used often in South Africa over the years to come.
We aim to use our existing knowledge of Europe from a travelling perspective combined with our knowledge of European sporting events to develop tour packages for South Africans of remarkable standard. We aim to include as much sporting events or activities into a planned tour to make the most of a long flight to Europe, while also giving you as much time as possible to enjoy the scenic part of the itinerary. The ultimate goal is for you to return from your tour with as big a smile as I have had over the years, hopefully bigger!