When I was a child, my ambition was to travel the world. I would start with North America, I thought, and then move on to the other continents, one by one. By the time I was an adult, I had decided that there was probably no need for me to see Antarctica, but I hadn’t lost any of my desire to visit the other five continents I’d never been to.
My Traveling Experience
One summer during college, I drove up to Canada and through the western United States with a friend. After I graduated, I went on an all-too-short trip to Europe (it involved a lot of extremely shady hostels; I’m lucky to still be alive).
Later on, I went to South America to visit a couple of old friends who had moved away to work after graduation. I discovered a program that would allow me to teach English at a school in China, and I went to Asia gladly. For vacation one year, I decided to spend two weeks in Australia, and I saw things there I could never have imagined.
The World Cup
When, several years ago now, I heard that the 2010 World Cup was going to be in South Africa, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I knew, though, that travelling to see the World Cup wouldn’t be like the travelling I had done previously. When you go to another country for a big event like that, you become part of a vast hoard of travelers converging on the nation all at once. It’s messy, disorganized, and creates an environment in which it’s easy for an inexperienced tourist to be taken advantage of.
I did a lot of research before I even bought tickets, and I found many sites that recommended I buy a group package sort of deal. You could definitely do this-it’s easier if you’re inexperienced-but it’s also more expensive, so I would suggest you consider it carefully.
Honestly, the whole business of attending the World Cup is on the expensive side, but it’s worth it. I’ve been a soccer fan all my life, since my Indian college roommate got me into it (apparently it was big in her home city). The World Cup is an event on a scale that we just can’t see in America, as much as I love this country.