If you’re excited for the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup today, you’re not alone. In 2010, over 260 million fans tuned into the action going down in South Africa in the comfort of their own homes. This year, Brazil is expecting over half a million foreign visitors for the tournament, one of the biggest foreign turnouts to date.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who is currently on your way to Brazil or already watching the first match, you probably had to use a bunch of different website and apps to get you on the road. From buying tickets to booking air travel, the World Cup depends a lot upon Internet performance and everything working just right so that fans can get to where they want to go.
In honor of Internet Performance & the World Cup, we wanted to share some of our favorite sites and apps that aid in your Brazilian travels. If you’re already in Brazil, you’ve probably used many of these already, but if you’re just thinking about going now (a little late, but if you can afford it, go for it) and have happened upon some tickets last minute, we highly recommend the following for getting you where you need to go and letting you do what you want to do quickly:
Before You Go
Dress to impress at the 2014 World Cup by heading to Puma.com to purchase your favorite team’s jersey.
The first thing you need is a plane ticket – most likely round trip, but hey, who knows what will happen. Browse Kayak to find the best deal.
A Place To Sleep
With an influx of half a million visitors, a place to stay may be tough to find. If you can’t find a hotel on Orbitz.com, you may need to be more resourceful and browse vacation rentals from HomeAway.
As you travel, you’ll most likely have plenty of time in the air – perfect for getting pumped for the games by watching your favorite sports movies on Netflix (Air Bud: World Pup, maybe?).
Eat & Drink
You may be there for the football (or soccer, to us Americans), but don’t forget your inner food tourist. Find the best eats using Yelp or browse TripAdvisor to find the best neighborhoods for post-match celebrations.
Buy a Souvenir!
Forget about the annoying trumpet of the vuvuzela, use Square to pick up a colorful Caxirola, Brazil’s rattle-like noisemaker for this year’s tournament.
Take a Photo with Fuleco
Be on the lookout for this year’s world cup mascot and be sure to post a selfie to Twitter.
So there you have it. Those are just a few ways where the Internet has (or will) be a part of your World Cup experience. If weren’t able to get the time off to jet down to Brazil, stay on the lookout for our recommendations for websites to use at home to enhance your experience.