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The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!
If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.
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If Wimbledon has inspired you see all of the world's greatest sporting events in person, here's how you can tickets to three of them.
The Masters 2014 will take place at Augusta from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13. The only way to get tickets to the Masters practice rounds and daily tournament is by applying online. You will first have to register for an account and then choose which days you want to attend. But, don't even think about asking for their Pimento Cheese spread recipe.
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We remember the last World Cup like it was yesterday. You knowSouth Africa, vuvuzelas, "tekkies," picturesque stadiums in a country that seems (and is) so very far away, and Spain's victory over the Netherlands. In reality, that was a whole three years ago and the world is quickly moving on to celebrate today as the one-year mark before yet another FIFA World Cup.
The soccer championship series occurs every four years, changing host countries in a wooing process similar to that of the Olympic Games. The last five destinations have been South Africa, Germany, Japan, France and the United States. For 2014, it'll be Brazil's time to shine as the major cities see their stadiums transformed into seething hoards of soccer hooligans wearing their team colors in every manner possible.
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Apologies if the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" is now stuck in your head...
Let's talk planes. Let's talk about planes painted in, well, jet black. We've already gushed over the cool new(ish) paintjob Air New Zealand has given a few of their jets and now yet another one will be joining the sleek team.
Air NZ accepted the keys to a striking black ATR 72-600 on October 31stthe perfect day, really. Regardless of launch date, we are huge fans of this livery.
The airline has been known for taking rugby very seriously and the planes are one way they pledge their allegiance to their national 'footy' team, the All-Blacks.
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Real Madrid is about to have something in common with Sir Richard Bransontheir own island. The Spanish football club is joining forces with the United Arab Emirates to create a "luxury island."
The island, just off of the UAE coast, will be a combination luxury resort and amusement park with a 450-room, 5-star hotel and even a museum just for the team's history. And of course it can't be a UAE-built attraction without its own yacht club.
Scheduled to open in 2015 and costing about a billion dollars to create, Real Madrid Resort Island will be just another themed mini-world to join the likes of Palm Island and Ferrari World. We'll see if it actually comes to pass.
Soccer fan? Island fan? Just plain curious? Check out the first video of what to expect, below:
Have you ever experienced the noise, passion and danger of a European soccer game? Especially in Italy, fans of their favorite teams often take their support (and rivalries) to extreme, including open fires in the stands, violence and extreme drunkenness. That's why we recommend it to everyone! Alas, not everyone can make it to Rome to see the A/S Roma's Totti hand a dramatic defeat to S. S. Lazio, their most vehement rival. Luckily, summer time brings a few matches over to American turf, the biggest upcoming match being Turin, Italy's Juventus versus Mexico City's Club America.
The action happens July 26, but tickets just went on sale. Perhaps the coolest part of this match is that it will go down in New York's CitiField, the newish home of the Mets baseball team. 40,000 are expected to turn out, and it helps that i Bianconeri (the white-blacks) just happen to be Italy's most popular and winningest soccer club.
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Just moments ago, two huge announcements hit the world, news that brings major repercussions for tourism, development, media and (of course) money. FIFA revealed the winner countries who will get to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Yo, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot, you can start sketching some new World Cup airplane livery now.
Russia beat out England, Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium to win for 2018, while Qatar took top spot for 2022 over the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
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They've called on Kevin Costner and the FC Barcelona soccer team in the past for their TV commercials, but this season Turkish Airlines has upgraded to Manchester United for a hot new spot.
Here at Jaunted, we love us some airline commercials and Turkish doesn't release nearly as many as, say, Southwest. So a new Turkish ad is a rare occasion, and this time they're showing off the spaciousness of their planes (note: in business class) by using the soccer players' best moves. We approve, although we could have done without the strained singing at the end.
Check it out above, and don't forget the Top 5 new airline ads for fall.
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Can you believe that the World Cup is already almost over? The final game, between The Netherlands and Spain happens this Sunday, and we've scheduled our travels around it, of course.
If you want to do something more with all the energy you spend yelling at the TV, then Holland's tourism board is hosting a contest to test just how devoted you are to the Holland team, and it's actually a fun contest with a great prize. Simple take a photo of yourself showing your Holland Oranje pride and post it to their Facebook page for a chance to win two tickets to Amsterdam. You've got to show them how you "plan on displaying [your] orange spirit for the final match."
Here's some inspiration: we actually own some neon orange Dutch wooden shoes (don't ask) and we'd drive to one of these US cities also named Holland and do some creative posing in front of the town sign. Hopefully you'll come up with a better idea, but that's a start.
You have from now until Tuesday at noon to submit your photos, so Hup, Holland, Hup!
[Photo: VisitHolland's Facebook page]
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You've seen them on TV, the masses of fervent World Cup fans jumping, shouting and waving around scarves of their country when their team takes a win in the 2010 World Cup, but where are they? Obviously the biggest parties in the capitals of the winning countries, and just in case you have the ability to join them, here's where to find the biggest World Cup celebrations today, during the Germany vs. Spain semifinal game:
Party with Germany at: Straße des 17. Juni in the Tiergarten, Berlin
At the base of the Siegessäule monument (a column celebrating victory, naturally) sits a massive stage, where live bands perform and entertain the tens of thousands of Deutschland supporters who pack the entire grand street leading up to it. This is the Straße des 17. Juni, a lovely and impressive thoroughfare that cuts through the center of the city's Tiergarten park. Fans spend their entire day here, arriving early to secure the best spots for watching the huge game screen. When Germany scores, the roar of the crowds here can be heard for quite a ways into the city. Here's a video of the crowds during the Argentina v. Germany game, just to give you an idea of the craziness.
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You've seen them on TV, the masses of fervent World Cup fans jumping, shouting and waving around scarves of their country when their team takes a win in the 2010 World Cup, but where are they? Obviously the biggest parties in the capitals of the winning countries, and just in case you have the ability to join them, here's where to find the biggest World Cup celebrations today, during the Uruguay vs. Netherlands semifinal game:
Party with Uruguay at: Avenida 18 de Julio in Montevideo
You may expect Uruguayans to have celebrated their recent victory over Brazil in the main square of the capital: the Plaza Indepencia in Montevideo, but nope. Instead, the overjoyed citizens clogged the city's main street leading up to the square, Avenida de 18. Julio. Along this street you'll find museum, large banks, parks andat the opposite end from the Plazaan obelisk. And you know how much people love to celebrate around obelisks, traditional symbols of timelessness and triumph.
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Are you going through World Cup withdrawal? Yes, us too, and it's only yesterday and today that we have to wait until the games start up again tomorrow when the Netherlands goes up again Brazil and Uruguay faces Ghana. When the World Cup ends for real on July 11, we just don't know what we're going to do, but we do know that the tourists who have headed down to South Africa to support their teams in person will sad to see their credit card bills.
VISA has announced that visitors to South Africa for the World Cup have already spent $128 million, and that's only counting what's been charged to VISA-branded credit cards for a couple weeks. Of course almost 90% of that was on travel purchases like airfare, hotel, car rental and restaurants, but still. That's quite a money waterfall spilling into South Africa right now. Makes the country's building all those $450 million stadiums look worthwhile (ah hem Moses Mabhida Stadium).
So how much of that will stay in South Africa?