Back in 2014 my buddy Yigang Tang and myself were lucky enough to get to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. I say lucky but in truth I worked 3 jobs in the lead up to that trip, and used all of my power to save up as much money as possible by living like a monk for 12 months. A World Cup is not cheap however, not only is there flight costs to think about, you also need to consider the cost of match tickets and the inflated prices of accommodation. With all of this being said however, I would absolutely recommend that a football fan should dig deep and spend the money on visiting a World Cup, either this year in Russia, or in the future in another location. If you are worried about the money, here is exactly why I think that it is worth it.
If you are a big soccer fan then you are going to adore the World Cup, it is the place where the greatest players in the world come together to do battle. During my time in Brazil I was lucky enough to see Ronaldo, Messi, Benzema and Wayne Rooney to name just a few, a truly special occasion. Football fans will not only enjoy the games themselves, but the entire environment surrounding them with football on show everywhere that you go.
When you go to a World Cup you have the chance to meet thousands of people who have traveled from almost every corner of the globe to come and cheer their team on. What this inevitably leads to is some of the strangest and most amazing conversations which you are likely to have. For example, I was watching the semi-final in Brazil, on Copacabana beach and at half time I managed to strike up a conversation with a guy from Beijing, a lady from Ecuador and teenager from France, in what other walk of life could you find such a perfect blend of people from around the world, coming together over a shared love.
The World Cup is truly the biggest party in the world and it is one which you simply have to be a part of. When large events like this take place, they paint a smile on the faces of everyone that is involved, and you can feel this when you are in the streets or in the stadium. Naturally the blend of so many people, with so many backgrounds, who are all happy, leads to an incredible party atmosphere and it doesn’t matter where you go, you will be able to feel passion and the festivities. Brazil may have raised the bar in terms of a festival atmosphere but I truly believe that with so many nationalities coming together to enjoy the beautiful game, that wherever the World Cup happens to be, it will be one of the best parties ever.