Dave wishes he was going to be in Brazil for the World Cup (but Carmen doesn’t). Although we’re not going to make it, this guest post will give you all the information you need to know about making the journey.
While there are many reasons why tourists should travel around the world to different countries and continents in their lifetime, this summer’s World Cup provides a wonderful opportunity to sample the carnival lifestyle and religious culture in Brazil.
Combining travel with an electric football atmosphere created by millions of fans bringing colour, song and dance to the occasion is a one-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
Although billions of fans across the world will be glued to their television sets at home or in the pub to watch the drama, excitement and tension unfold throughout Brazil 2014, others will be fortunate enough to afford the travel, ticket and accommodation costs.
The football itself is poised to be a wonderful occasion in its own right. But football fans and travellers would be amiss not to explore the host cities to discover famous landmarks and beautiful landscapes that make Brazil so famous and renowned worldwide.
Keep tabs on latest news and information
Travelling around Brazil opens up a world of historical events and a rich culture from which the country’s foundations are made.
There are so may sights and sounds and tastes to experience but football fans will want to keep tabs on the latest World Cup news and live scores from games being played in other cities.
Logging in to coral.co.uk is ideal for travellers who wish to keep close to the World Cup action, with their World Cup news section accessible via smartphone and tablet on the Coral app that allows users to enter the world of football at the touch of a screen.
Stay safe in Brazil
While football fans and travellers may be primarily focused in immersing themselves within the colourful carnival atmosphere created by Brazilian natives, and enjoying the World Cup travel experience in general, there are certain risks that you need to be aware of.
Theft and violence are commonplace across many of the host cities in Brazil, with thieves and pickpockets targeting tourists who stand out from the crowd, have their personal belongings sticking out of their pocket, or on an unprotected part of their person.
It is therefore highly advisable for football fans to take due care and attention during their travels and keep all valuable belongings, such as credit cards and precious jewellery, safely tucked away in a safe in your accommodation room.
Taking small amounts of money out every day, in addition to splitting money between two or more people in a group, not only ensures that a large sum of money remains in your hotel room safe, but also any loss of money via theft is a much softer blow and will not sour your World Cup travel experience.
Fans should also stick to clear, wide open town centres, roads and pathways where other people are situated. Walking down narrow alleyways and dark streets is not inadvisable unless accompanied by a guide as pickpockets are likely to be looking to pounce on tourists who become lost.
Major cities in Brazil
Twelve cities will play host to millions of football fans who travel to watch numerous games throughout the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Each city carries its own unique culture, scenery and landmarks that create a country renowned for its heritage and carnival festivities.
While each stadium is beautifully constructed to be a wonderful feature in each city and create a match-day atmosphere during each World Cup game, there is much more to see across the major cities than meets the eye.
As the largest city in Brazil, Sao Paulo is the commercial heartbeat of the country as an economic and cultural centre.
Its fine array of skyscrapers and commercial buildings are far removed from the general consensus that Brazil is all about beaches and carnivals; the city plays an influential role in generating commerce and creating entertainment that is recognised across the world.
Sao Paulo is renowned for its array of opera houses and theatres, such as the Sala Sao Paulo and Municipal Theatre, which play classical music and famous Brazilian plays.
Both buildings illustrate the beautiful architecture that is prominent across the city, with an array of museums allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the country’s history, and its passion for art and music.
Christ the Redeemer, famous carnival celebrations and the Maracana Stadium are to name but three reasons why travellers should include Rio de Janeiro on their list of cities to travel around during the World Cup.
It is one of the most popular cities in Brazil for tourism, as millions of people across the world come over to experience one of the famous carnival events and relax on the considerable network of beaches that are perfect spots for tourists to take in the radiant heat.
Viewing one of the Seven Wonders of the World close up is an opportunity not to be missed, with numerous art museums, literature buildings and libraries providing a much quieter alternative for travellers away from the vibrant colours and electric atmosphere of carnivals and the World Cup.