We are getting a kick out of watching the World Cup soccer (or football) teams. This year’s global assembly of contenders hail from countries that we have excitedly added to our travel bucket lists. Make it your goal to see these places too.
Egypt is just one of those countries that never grows old. We could go there time and time again and still discover a new take on an ancient monument or archaeological site. Bustling bazaars, delicious dishes, and a leisurely cruise down Nile are just some experiences in Egypt that are as precious as the Pharoah’s treasures.
The passion of Brazilian soccer fans is well-known. The nation hosted the 2014 World Cup, and they’re favorites to win it all in 2018. In Brazil the buzz is electric, the festivals are frenetic, and the beaches are hot. South American sizzle is at its peak in Rio de Janeiro. Sip on the national drink, the caipirinha, and let one of the world’s most energetic places sweep you away.
The Atlantic coast nation is a pleasant surprise of beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, tranquil villages, and serene vineyards. It’s often overlooked on European travel plans, but its soccer team stands out. Star player Cristiano Ronaldo is known worldwide for his footy skills.
It’s the first time Panama has ever qualified for the World Cup, and they are bringing their country into the limelight. The sliver of a nation sits at the bottom of Central America, and it’s jam packed with eco-tourism hot spots and gorgeous waters on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Swim with sea turtles, hike in hazy mountain rainforests, or set off to the far flung island of Isla Palenque for complete detachment from everyday stresses.
The British take their soccer just as seriously as their tea time. Catch a game in London to see the fans in action. Feeling peckish? Our Ker & Downey luxury travel consultants can get you a seat in one of London’s iconic afternoon teas to nibble on finger sandwiches and sip on a cuppa.
Everything in Colombia seems a bit more colorful. Exotic fruits, pastel Cartagena homes, and beyond-blue beaches. Dip your feet into the waters of paradise and wonder why you haven’t visited this South American candyland sooner. Bonus: its people who seem like some of the happiest on earth. Their passion for life extends to their love for their futbol team.
The Moroccans’ love for their national players is just as vibrant as the incredible bazaars and breathtakingly beautiful riads. Most travelers head immediately to Marrakesh and Fez, and rightly so for the full cultural flavor of Morocco. Farther inland, the North African country has tiny hamlets, desert palm oases, and tasty tangines worth exploring.
Ancient and unexplored, Serbia is a hidden gem where distinct cultures have merged together in its cities and countryside. In the bucolic regions outside of Belgrade, life feels as though it’s stuck in time. Snowy ski hills aren’t ideal for soccer, but they are one of Serbia’s not-to-be-missed outdoor adventures.
Kick-start your travel plans to one of (or all) of these captivating countries by contacting your Ker & Downey travel consultant.