So I recently blogged that I am wanting to take part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a few hours of research has led me to believe this will be beyond expensive. Something else I am still amazed at is the lack of available planning information for going to Olympics. I plan on changing this over the next 4 years, and plan on posting as much planning information I can find for everyone to read and plan. As I firmly believe, going to an International event of this magnitude takes a lot of planning, and if you are like me you are someone who dreams big and need to the full 4 years to save.
Anyway, back to that expensive part, sure you can go to 1 or 2 events and stay in hostels and go on the cheap, I don’t doubt that, and heck maybe later on I will focus on going to Rio on the cheap, but right now I want to dream big, Olympic Big.
Anyway if you are not sure where to start on your “Olympic Spectator Dreams”
I have already posted once on this topic, and believe me I plan on posting frequently in the future as my goal is to compile tips and share what I have learned with you every few months, I want to be well researched in the topic and know everything I possibly can, especially since this will most likely be my first time ever going to Brazil and the Olympics for that matter.
Currently I am, planning the most extravagant trip I can come up with and seeing how I should budget for it, and well when August of 2015 rolls around I am sure I will get more realistic and book within my means.
But for now I am dreaming big 😉
I have started a pin board on my pinterest account to keep track with all hotels, events, tourist sites, anything I come across that might be relevant for the event. You can follow that board HERE
So lately I have been researching the Olympics and everything I come across says it is going to be $$$. I have yet to find a way to go the Olympics on the cheap so that is something I will work on for the future.
Something else I keep reading is plan on making a trip to the Olympics as a once in a lifetime thing because for most people it is. I hope it is not for me, but I do plan on treating it like it is.
I came across a few articles that had common messages I have not previously stated, one of the repeat tips I read were before any major event, it is good to look up a list of vendors who have agreed to a NO PRICE GOUGING POLICY. You can best believe I will write about this once it available as historically a lot of vendors hike their prices up for major events.
They also stated that you should save your miles, and book early, because any major airline will book you using miles if it is early enough, but seats are very very limited, so I am assuming this is something that needs to be done on day 330… or something along those lines. I have never tested this theory so I personally plan on having the cash too, but hey it may be worth saving all those miles for a trip to Rio.
Quite a few hotels were around $500 a night in London, granted the pound is stronger than the Brazilian Real, but still, I am assuming with inflation and any other craziness that could occur the next 4 years this is along the lines of what to expect. So, sadly for a 2 week stay like what I want to do, that is 7 THOUSAND DOLLARS. That is absolutely nuts, and you can believe I will work on cheaper options, but just for the sake of math and aiming high, that is what I am setting my target at (but plan on spending half that at most actually I am cheap, if I can get it done for significantly less I will 😉 )
This was also the last-minute dollar amount, I am betting if you are “good” planner and book early, well you can get those $200 dollar a night rooms I read about, but have not confirmed existed. 😉
Other tips, you could stay in Hostels, Home Stays, camping and B&B’s. Which I plan on reading & researching and posting as I find out information. Don’t worry friends I will share everything I find with you, I believe in spreading the knowledge. I do not have details on all of this, but my goal is be one heck of a Brazilian expert, even though sadly I have ever set foot in the country.
A tip I also read, if you seek less popular events, tickets are cheap. While I want to go to the “less popular sports” I plan on attending swimming, gymnastics, golf & soccer so I have a sneaking suspicion so those will be expensive.
Companies will offer package deals, but clearly we are 4 years away, so I have no clue, who those will be but when I know, you will know… Promise.
Something I learned I had no clue but I am BEYOND stoked about, there are free events!
The free events to view?
All these were free at London and yay for us, we can expect these to also be free in Rio.
Local transportation is something I keep coming across that is cheap and the way to travel from event to event, sadly I am not very knowledgable (yet) but I think I will utilize public transport as much as possible, again this is something that I will be able to plan in the future. Transportation is something I will not be able to post much about until it is closer, but like I said previously, when I know… you will know.
Food. Well needless to say, as I have never been to Rio, this is something I plan on researching and talking to people who have been to Rio, but personally I am looking forward to street vendors & fresh fruit 🙂
We have 1424 days to plan! Cash is tight for a lot of us, but saving a few bucks a day can make all the difference!
NOTE: something I realized after writing this entire article, I realized this information could be useful for the upcoming Winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi Russia too, so if you are Olympic Spectator bound to Sochi, just use the tips for that trip.
So if Sochi is your dreams, well you have 514 days, and I am willing to be bet tickets will be on sale, soon.
I toyed around on the winter Olympic site, and it is in Russian, but it looks like they used the Russian people to help determine the cost. There is a subscription button to notify when tickets will go on sale.
What “Olympics Spectator” tips have you come across? Please share! If you have been to the Olympics what do you wish you would have done differently?
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