October 2, 2023

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American mom spends $5,000 to see Taylor Swift in Europe with kids

American mom spends $5,000 to see Taylor Swift in Europe with kids

Iras and my daughter’s tour blew me away in the US and we can’t wait to see Taylor Swift up close in Europe.
Jimmy Davis Smith

  • I saw Taylor Swift on the US leg of the Eras Tour, and two nosebleed seats cost us $5,000.
  • My daughter and I loved the show and scored us floor seats at one of Swift’s Poland shows.
  • Our European flight, including 3 VIP Swift tickets, will be cheaper than our US seats.

When Taylor Swift first announced her IRAS tour, she laughed when the pals cleared their work schedules to buy tickets.

I couldn’t understand why friends would search for tickets to shows hours away. I loved some of Swift’s songs but I wasn’t a Swiftie and didn’t understand the madness.

This all changed when my daughter started desperately asking for tickets. And once Eras’ tour started, it was clear that it was the party of the century. It was also almost impossible to get tickets.

Watching the US tour was tough and expensive, but the show turned me into a complete Swiftie

Taylor Swift performs for more than three hours on the Eras Tour every night.
Christopher Polk/Penske Media via Getty Images

I didn’t want my 12-year-old to miss this generation-defining event, but I couldn’t afford to spend $4,000 or more on the resale market for a nosebleed two-seater, plus the costs of flying to another city.

Luckily, five different cousins ​​bought tickets for my daughter for her birthday.

My daughter, a devoted Swiftie, loved every second of the Eras Tour. At first, I wasn’t sure how to pull off a three-and-a-half hour show from an artist I barely knew — but I left in awe of Swift’s talent.

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In the weeks that followed, I listened exclusively to Swift. On a trip to Nashville, I sang my heart out to Swift’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. I wondered if I’d ever get to see her perform again, this time entering.

Getting tickets to see Swift in Poland was easier than I expected

Once Swift is declared international dates On her tour, she took the first of several steps to get tickets for one of her shows abroad. I set my sights on one of the Warsaw shows for several reasons.

My children and I are Polish citizens but we have never set foot in the country. I’ve wanted to go for years, and having Swift tickets will ensure I finally make the trip. I thought Warsaw was not likely to be as popular as high profile destinations like Paris. It’s also a less expensive city to visit than many of the other international stops on the Eras Tour.

Furthermore, tickets for the Warsaw show were not sold through Ticketmaster. I found the idea of ​​not having to deal with the company Unsuccessful sales to the US leg of the tour Very attractive.

A few days before the tickets went on sale, I got a code for the chance to purchase the tickets before they were made available to the general public. Based on how popular pre-sales were in the US, I knew I wasn’t likely to get tickets, but I set my alarm for 5:00 AM anyway.

To my surprise, I was able to enter the ticket purchase portal right away. I scored three VIP floor seats on the first night of Swift’s Eras Tour in Warsaw for just under $1,000. My daughter, son and I started making friendship bracelets right away.

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Our journey is one year long, but I already know it will be worth it

I left The Eras Tour as a total fan of Taylor Swift.
Jimmy Davis Smith

Although tickets to the Warsaw show weren’t cheap, the total cost of them plus our European trip was probably the same as the two nosebleed seats I got when I saw Swift in the States.

I hope to use the credit card points to book our flights, but even if I don’t, I estimate the total cost of the trip to be around $4,000-$5,000. That’s not much more than what my family usually spends on our annual family vacation, and I have over a year to spare.

However, unlike other family vacations, this one comes with the chance to explore our roots and see a new part of the world. I never would have guessed that Swift would be what finally got me to Poland, but that’s just one more reason to love her.