Tips to Enjoy the World Cup Experience to the Fullest

If you are travelling to Brazil this summer to take in the wonders of the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the beautiful beaches of the tropical paradise, there are a few tips to consider ensuring that you have a safe and memorable trip. The tournament will be played at 12 different stadiums across the 5th largest country in the world, from beautiful Rio de Janeiro to the architectural wonder city of Brasilia. Brazil is well known for its pristine coastline and rainforest as well as its notoriously high crime rate. Travellers can use the following guidelines to guarantee a smooth and enjoyable World Cup experience.

World Cup 2014 Brazil

World Cup 2014 Brazil – By Jrego (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

First, book everything in advance. The earlier you book your flights and hotels the cheaper it will be. Prices for food and travel will also be inflated in the country, so be sure to account for travel costs between cities as well. The average distance between the stadiums around the country is a whopping 1036 miles; if you are following a team around give yourself enough time between matches. Get your plane, bus and game tickets ahead of time as they will sell out quickly once the tournament starts. It also will be worth it to bring your smartphone or tablet device for directional purposes. And since it has already been announced that all 12 stadiums will have a free Wi-Fi connection, it’s also a great opportunity to do some live betting during the matches, which has become quite popular since the previous world cup edition in South Africa. The important thing to keep in mind is to not go around flashing your technology devices unless you’re planning to get them stolen from you.

Your safety is of the utmost importance. The crime ranges from petty theft such as pickpocketing to assault, so always be aware of your belongings. Don’t make yourself an easy target by keeping expensive items, such as your smartphone or watch, out of sight. It is best to keep your passport at the hotel or hostel whenever possible and keep a photo ID with you at all times. A copy of your passport could be useful while moving around the country as well. Next, it goes without saying that the favelas of Rio are extremely dangerous for tourists, but other areas such as markets and public transport are targets for thieves as well. Most importantly, don’t become overwhelmed and remember to have fun! Simply do your research beforehand and keep updated on current concerns throughout the country. Be a smart, aware and calm World Cup patron and you’ll have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Rio de Janeiro Carnival – By Marcello Casal Jr/ABr (Agência Brasil) [CC-BY-3.0-br (], via Wikimedia Commons

Whether you’re planning on going to enjoy the World Cup 2014 or to spend new year’s eve in Rio, there are a few helpful accessories can be useful on your journey. For your electronic devices a couple travel adapters for Brazil are a must. Although some outlets are compatible with U.S. plugs, it might not be very helpful if your technology was bought in the UK. Be sure to bring anti-bacterial gel, a mini first aid kit, toiletries, bug repellent and sunscreen. Staying comfortable and clean makes any trip better. It is important to note that dengue fever, contracted through mosquitos, is on the rise in Brazil; so bring a maximum strength repellent with DEET to keep those nasty pests away. Some security gadgets could also come in handy. Money belts, rucksack protectors and instant door locks can really help you rest easy throughout your journey.

The World Cup 2014 will surely bring a fun and exciting carnival atmosphere to Brazil. Whether you are following a team around the stadia or using the games as an excuse to see the beautiful sights Brazil has to offer, it is important to keep the above tips in mind. There’s no point in ruining your wonderful time. Stay aware of yourself and your belongings, book everything in advance and you will have a trip you can treasure for a lifetime.