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Why the US Department of State is Taking Travel Tips to Google Plus

Where: Brazil
May 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wow—Google+ may actually be useful for something! Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 7) at 3:30pm EST, the US Department of State will host a Google+ Hangout on the topic of World Cup Travel to Brazil. As you're likely aware, the World Cup soccer championships begin June 12 and last an entire month, drawing millions of international fans to one country.

Brazil is the host for 2014, and already over 150,000 Americans hold tickets to the games. For most this will be a first visit to Brazil, and perhaps even South America in general, and news headlines from these destinations haven't always inspired confidence. With this in mind, the Department of State is calling upon experts to quell fears and appropriately prep travelers for the energetic adventure to come:

Grant Wahl, leading soccer journalist and senior writer at Sports Illustrated, will discuss his experience attending large-scale sporting events. Officials from the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia will highlight services the U.S. government, through our consular sections in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, can offer to U.S. citizen travelers. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf will moderate this discussion.

To participate, tune into YouTube or Google+ when the discussion goes live. To submit a question, hit up the State Department's official Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #askTravelGov.

[Photo: Dept of State]

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