The absolute frenzy surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup is indicative of the monumental popularity surrounding the sport of football and the thrilling competition that is to be expected at this momentous sporting occasion. Millions of people all over the world have attempted to buy tickets to become part of the action of the FIFA World Cup on June 12-July 13 2014 and immerse themselves in the unparalleled atmosphere of this quadrennial event.
The combination of this rare and exhilarating sporting event along with an exotic and popular travel destination will easily make Brazil one of the most travelled to hotspots in 2014. Although it is an expensive endeavour, making the trip to this truly priceless event will instil in you incredible memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. However, understanding the ticketing system and the best ways to travel to Brazil during he FIFA World Cup can be incredibly confusing and difficult to navigate. Here are a few tips to make planning your trip to the FIFA World Cup much easier.
889,305 tickets were sold during the first phase of ticket allocation, the random draw. 71.5% of these were sold to Brazilian residents. Australia came in as the country with the fifth highest number of tickets drawn, a total of 15,401. During the second window of ticket sales, which was based on a first-come, first-served basis, nearly 230,000 tickets were sold within a mere seven hours.
Now, after the final draw has been released, the second phase of ticket allocation for the 64 matches begun on December 8. This window will last until 12.00 (CET) on 30 January 2014. even though nearly 1.2 tickets were requested within 24 hours of the ticket sales opening everyone who applies for tickets within that timeframe, regardless of the date, has equal chance. On top of this, special tickets for people from participating member association (PMA) have also gone on sail. FIFA has reserved 16% of the tickets for each match for fans from both teams. This means that if a country you are either a resident of or national to is playing in the competition, you will have increased chances of acquiring tickets to their game.
Visit www.FIFA.com/tickets to learn more or apply for tickets now.
Travel and Accommodation
There are 12 cities and stadiums at which the FIFA World Cup will be held. Take a look at the World Cup prices and matches to check who is playing where, when and how much tickets are. The key to having an enjoyable time in Brazil over the FIFA World Cup is to conduct plenty of research and plan as far in advance as you can. If you have secured yourself tickets, you should already have organised travel and accommodation, as they are only going to become more scarce and expensive as it gets closer to the event. Similarly, if you are waiting to hear if you have acquired tickets in this second phase, you should pre-organise all your flights and accommodation plans to be able to book them the second you find out about the tickets.
Alternatively, you could always simply take a gamble and book a trip to Brazil in June/July next year regardless. You’d want to pray the ticket allocators go in your favour. Or else just simply soak up the intoxicating atmosphere of the biggest sporting event in the world by being in the country at the time and watch the games in what I’m sure would be some the most electrifying pubs on the globe.
You want to be particularly careful when booking anything or giving any credit card details to guarantee it is a safe and legitimate company. Tickets for the games are only sold through FIFA so don’t be tricked by the bargain ticket prices you may see elsewhere. Similarly, there is much concern that profiteering amongst hoteliers and airlines will be rife during this period. You need to be wary of overpricing, and the Brazilian Government is doing its best to increase the number of flights running to reduce costs and avoid hyper-inflation. Also keep in mind that the prices will experience an enormous hike during the second fortnight of competition – so if you’re on a budget or want to secure yourself a seat to cheer on your home country, the first two weeks would be a much safer and more worthwhile option.
Other Travel Tips
When it comes to travelling overseas, one of the best ways to make the trip more enjoyable and keep costs down is to ensure you acquire an international sim card. Rather than spending hundreds or even thousands on calling home with global roaming or not being able to call local numbers, travelling overseas with an international roaming SIM will make life a helluva lot easier. Rather than having to compete with billions of other people for one of the few spots at in internet cafe or sharing wifi with every single other person in Brazil, a United Global Sim will make communicating during the world cup infinitely easier. It is also a fantastic option if you are planning to make a more worthwhile trip out of the FIFA World Cup and visit other exotic locations in South America while over there.
Also ensure you acquire your Brazilian visa well in advance, as Australians are required to get a visa for the country prior to entering Brazil. However, the Brazilian Government has put in place special visa arrangements for Australians who hold tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, check out the Embassy of Brazil’s website for more details.
In terms of health and safety, the Australian Government recommends exercising extreme caution when entering the country of Brazil on account of the high levels of serious and violent crime present in the country. It is also recommended that you get vaccines for Yellow Fever before travelling – check with your doctor for what other vaccinations you may require. It is also essential that y
ou get travel insurance for your trip to Brazil and it is highly recommended that you register your travel and contact details to the Australian Government prior to departure.
The simple fact of the matter is that although tickets may not be guaranteed and there are a huge amount of costs and planning involved in making the trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the experience would be a once in a lifetime sporting experience that would provide unparalleled excitement, competitive fervour and sporting spirit.