With just over a month remaining until the spectacle that will be held in Brazil, the nation makes its final plans to stadiums, infrastructure and security. If you are attending the tournament and have completed your itinerary or are in the process of doing so, take heed of these 5 things to ensure you have an amazing FIFA 2014 World Cup experience.
5 things you need to know before traveling to Brazil
#1 Firstly, Brazil’s official language is Portuguese and only a very small percentage of the population speak a second language such as English, Spanish or others. Despite government efforts to teach World Cup volunteers, staff and security personal English to ease communication with foreign fans, do not solely rely on this. It is highly advised that you take a pocket translator or dictionary.
#2 Secondly, the structure of Brazilian airports was not designed for the massive influx of numbers so delays can be expected. Try to factor this in all your plans that will require you to use and airport. Try checking in 3 hours prior to international flights and placing all your valuables in your hand-luggage highly recommended.
#3 Thirdly, don’t endeavour to see every city in one World Cup visit. Not only are 12 cities a lot, Brazil is a very large nation and travelling will often require short flights of two or more hours from city to city. Trying to see very city whilst doing all the things tourists love, and dealing with all those airport delays will be very taxing.
#4 Fourth thing to know is how the public transport systems work. Driving and walking around Brazil is a very bad idea and dangerous. Traffic within the country is often hectic and the roads have many unwritten laws. Walking is ill-advised as many host cities are not pedestrian friendly and due to increased exposure of crime.
#5 Lastly, expect protests. It is no secret that not everyone in the samba nation is happy with hosting the FIFA 2014 World Cup . A price tag in the region of US$ 16 billion coupled with very poor basic service delivery for a majority of citizens has been the source of these protests. If the unhappy take to the streets as they have done on some occasions in the build up to this event, steer clear. Although most protests have been peaceful, the outcome can never be guaranteed. In case you find yourself in a little bind and need the police their number is 190. However, in all the host nations you will be able to use the more familiar 911 or 112.