Every four years for a month, the world stops and the beautiful game starts. For so many people attending the world cup is a dream – one that I share – but if you need a little convincing, here are our top 5 reasons to add “Go to the World Cup” to your bucket list. Plus some bonus tips on how you can start planning your trip to the cup.
1. Watch world class players
If there’s only one real reason you should take in the World Cup, it would be to watch the best players on earth in one location. Just this year alone, has debuted some of the best soccer (or football) I’ve ever seen. Just take the Spain vs. Netherlands game. Although my heart was crushed as my beloved Spain was conquered by the Dutch, the sheer brilliance of Van Persie’s goal almost made up for my devastation. It also made Van Persie into a meme.
2. Experience a new culture
Not only would you be watching the greatest sport in history, but more likely than not, you would be doing so in a pretty cool, and exotic location. Brazil boasts some of the greatest beaches and cities – and from what I’ve heard, some of the most electrifying energy!
3. Cheer on your country – decked out in your nations colours
This is your one true opportunity to deck yourself out in your countries swag. I’m talking shirts, face paint, wigs and hats, the more outrageous, the better! Show your true patriotism! Where else would you be able to scream on your country with half of the stadium supporting you?
4. Soak in the once in a lifetime atmosphere
The World Cup is really the pinnacle of sport and excitement. Sadly I’ve never actually been able to attend a world cup yet, but even just cheering on my favourite teams here in Canada, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement. I can only imagine the vibrancy and anticipation actually being in the stadium waiting for the first whistle to blow.
5. Meet people from all over the world
Finally, isn’t the world cup just a bucket list’s travellers dream? Not only do you get to go to a pretty cool destination, but you also get to experience people from all over the world in one location.
3 Tips to Plan Your World Cup Adventure
Here’s the thing I think we all were thinking while reading the post – the world cup is expensive. From this point of the World Cup on tickets will average over $1000 (source). The games aren’t cheap. But lucky for us all, we have four years to save up for this trip. Start by figuring out your budge for the vacation, and start putting away money now! This is a once in a lifetime event. Use sites like mint.com to graph out your funds.
2. Go to a group stage game – skip the final
Tickets for the earlier games are much, much, cheaper than the quarter finals onwards. Put your name into the ticket draw around 1-2 years before the actual event. I know it seems early, but these tickets are hot commodities. Also watching the final outside the stadiums or in local squares is just as fun as being in the stadium – it’s all about the atmosphere.
3. Think about joining a tour group
A tour group is a great option to have your accommodation and transportation arranged for you, most likely by locals.