June 24, 2024

American Mom Spends $5,000 to See Taylor Swift in Europe With Kids

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

When Taylor Swift first announced her Eras Tour, I laughed as colleagues cleared their work schedules to buy tickets.

I couldn’t understand why friends were asking for tickets to shows hours away. I liked a few Swift songs but it wasn’t Swiftie and I didn’t understand the fuss.

That all changed when my daughter started asking for tickets, really hard. And when The Eras Tour began, it was clear that it was the concert of the era. It was also almost impossible to get tickets.

The US tour was difficult and expensive to see, but the show turned into a full-on Swiftie

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Taylor Swift performs for over 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 out on this special event, but I couldn’t spend $4,000 or more on the resale market for two nose seats, on top of travel costs to another city.

Fortunately, five different cousins ​​came in to buy tickets for my daughter’s birthday.

My daughter, an avid Swiftie, loved every second of The Eras Tour. At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through a three and a half hour performance by an artist I barely knew – but I left unaware of Swift’s talent.

In the following weeks, I listened exclusively to Swift. On a trip to Nashville, I sang my heart out to Swift’s songs at the Country Music Hall of Fame. I wondered if I would be able to see her perform again, this time going in.

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

As soon as Swift announced international dates on her tour, I took the first of many steps to get tickets to one of her overseas shows. I set my sights on the Warsaw show for several reasons.

My children and I are Polish citizens but I have never set foot in the country. I’ve been wanting to go for years, and snagging Swift tickets would guarantee I’d finally make the trip. I reasoned that Warsaw was unlikely to be as popular as marquee destinations like Paris. It’s also a cheaper city to visit than many of the other international stops on The Eras Tour.

Additionally, tickets for the Warsaw show were not being sold through Ticketmaster. ​​​​​​I got the idea that I didn’t have to deal with that company botched sales to the US leg of the tour very attractive.

A few days before tickets went on sale, I received a code for a chance to buy tickets before they were available to the general public. Based on how popular pre-sales were in the US, I knew I was unlikely to get tickets, but I set an alarm for 5:00 am anyway.

I was surprised that I was able to enter the portal to buy tickets immediately. I scored three VIP floor seats for the first night of Swift’s Eras Tour in Warsaw for a total of less than $1,000. My daughter, son, and I immediately started making friendship bracelets.

Our trip is a year away, but I already know it will be worth it

Jamie Davis Smith poses with the Eras Tour bus

I left The Eras Tour as a total Taylor Swift fan.

Jamie Davis Smith

Although tickets to the Warsaw show weren’t cheap, the total cost of them plus our European tour will probably be about the same as the two nose seats I got when I saw Swift in the US.

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

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

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