From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will be the host nation to the FIFA World Cup 2014. Traveling with hundreds of thousands of international visitors can make for a wild vacation with unexpected encounters! This past year, my older sister visited Brazil for a week by herself to travel and to learn the language. When my sister returned, she brought dolls for my daughters, an awesome album of photographs, and advice on traveling. Now, learning about traveling to Brazil is important to many readers traveling there for the World Cup. Visiting another country for a major event requires some planning and research, so learn from the expertise of others before traveling abroad.
As you travel to the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, you can take a bus or a tram. According to Lonely Planet, you should shop around for bus tickets because there are several rival bus agencies in the city. Get the best price by comparing prices. Traveling on the local bus service around the city is inexpensive and convenient. Bring a map of the city to best understand where the bus is taking you.
On many main streets, you can stop by a street market for a meal. There, you can find fruits, which are very traditional for breakfast, as well as vegetables, meats and spices. Another place to find food would be restaurants where you pay by weight as well as some with the option to eat all you want with a fixed price. As you travel in Brazil, you can find many styles of cuisine. Enjoy pasta, pizza, lamb and wontons. For a more traditional choice, try dishes with rice, beans and pork. According to my sister, the official drink the Caipirinha is excellent.
While visiting Brazil, follow the local, traditional customs to best get along with the people you meet. Styles of communication are different. For example, interrupting during conversation is not perceived as rude. Standing close to each other during conversation is typical, but in America, it would be seen as an invasion of personal space. A hand gesture to learn is that sticking your thumb between your index finger and middle finger shows that you are wishing someone good luck.
While traveling on the bus, prevent crime by leaving expensive items at home. Actively avoid unsafe situations and travel with little cash. As tourists can be the target of pickpockets, keep extra money out of your pockets in a safe location. USA Today describes that visitors should choose indoor ATMs to avoid being kidnapped for a short time for your money. Traveling is not the time to be naive. People can pretend to be good-hearted to scam you.