2014 World Cup Travel Tips for the Beginner

The 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro is going to be an experience to remember, especially if you take advantage of a premium travel package from Roadtrips.  Brazil is festive and energetic all on its own, but when you throw in one of the world’s biggest sporting events the results should be unimaginable.
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Of course, if you’ve never been to Rio de Janeiro or a World Cup event before, there are some important tips you should follow: 

Stay Safe

You can bet that the security in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup will be visible all over the city, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions. Here are a few tips to help stay safe whether you are watching a match or taking in some of the tourist attractions:

  • Don’t walk around the city with a lot of money in your pocket.
  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry or anything else that would indicate you have a lot of money.
  • As like other cities that you are unfamiliar with use your judgment with traveling after dark, and only go to places that you are familiar with or check with the hotel staff before you leave to discuss any security concerns you have.
  • Keep purses and bags closed up and close to your body at all times.

Watch for Scams

Scam artists are common in most tourist destinations, and Brazil is no different.  Some of them work in pairs, while others prefer to go solo, but their aim is always to separate you from your possessions or money.  Keep an eye on your possessions anytime you’re in crowded places or on the beach, and also watch for people offering to perform services for you such as shoe shining.  Obviously, not everyone you encounter is trying to take advantage, but it’s something to be aware of.

Your Money

You know not to carry large sums of money around for safety purposes, and you’ll be able to find scores of ATM machines throughout the city to make this easier.  Take the time to find out your own bank’s ATM rules and fees before you head to the World Cup.  Then you’ll know how often you can use them and how much you will be charged for the privilege. Making your banking institutions aware of your travel is also a great idea to let them know to expect to see transactions from a foreign country.

Leave It to Roadtrips

Booking your 2014 World Cup trip through Roadtrips will add some structure to your trip and give you access to 24-hour event hosts to help guide you through your stay.  With your itinerary laid out, and experienced hosts to help you steer clear of any troubled areas, you can focus on having fun and enjoying world-class soccer matches, which is what the World Cup is all about.

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The total experience was fantastic and easy for us to just enjoy. We loved the location of the hotel and the on ground team made sure everything about our trip was perfect. A huge high five to both Jake and Jeff and their team that delivered a wonderful experience for us. They really took care of us and we enjoyed spending time with them. They made sure all the arrangements were buttoned up and handle any request we had.
— Smith Campbell, 2014 World Cup