The Road to Rio 2016?

Who has been watching the Olympics this weekend?

I know I have. I saw USA Archry almost win gold against Italy. Lochte winning the gold, the amazing race of Dana Vollmer and oh she lost one of her swim caps, I disagreed with the line up team USA used in the 4×100 free relays, I watched USA vs. Montenegro in water polo. Ladies gymnastics again broke my heart. I have watched a lot of the olympics, these are just the moments that are sticking out in my head so far.

For many athletes they have started their road to the Rio 2016 Olympics, they will shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and you know what I want to join them….

As a spectator 🙂

This weekend I decided that my big trip in 2016 is going to the Olympics in Rio. My brother and I are both wanting to go, we have been texting each other back and forth all weekend and, we feel that if we started saving and planning now, we can make it to Rio in 2016.

It is sure to be a historical event! The first Olympics in South America? That is huge! It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of history.

So that lead me to utilize my stellar research skills, because I am positive attending a huge international event like the Olympics takes some intense planning if you are going to maximize your visit and really do it up.

Yes, I know the 2016 Olympics are 2,499 days away according to the Rio Olympic Website but if I am going to do it up, I need to plan, and since I am someone that loves to plan and research trips, might as well start now. It makes the days spent in my cubicle that much easier.

Not to mention I am sure going to the Olympics can cost a lot.

I looked at past Olympics guides, and all of them appear incomplete to me. Which is kinda a downer, which also leads me to believe it must be hard to plan to be a spectator at the Olympics. So I am going to do my best to share all of the useful information I located after spending hours on the web.

So I have decided to share my travel tip with the world, because right now we have time by our side and you can plan and save to have one epic Olympic Spectating Experience 😉

So here is the 4-1-1.

Transportation & Accommodations

All of the sights typically do a great job at telling you to plan your flight and accommodations. To me this is a no brainer, you would do this if you were going to the country to visit, so why wouldn’t you do this for the Olympics.

So I am taking it a step further. You should plan hotels that are close to the events you would like to see. After researching the Rio Maps I have found that the Rio Olympics will be broken down into zones. I am interested mostly in swimming and the Olympic Opening Ceremony. So after looking at the website it looks like I would want to look for lodging in the Barra Zone.

So my plan will be book a hotel here, and if there are other events, take transport to those events.

I encourage you to look at the Rio Venues Map to get a general idea of where you need to stay, and where the “must see events” for you are located.

As far as flights, well you can’t really book those until 330 days in advance and flight costs can change in a hurry. I know a flight from Houston to Rio can cost at least $1200 so that is something that I must plan for and book well in advance.

The airport codes for Rio are RIO, GIG and SDU. I encourage you to look into multiple flight options and get a general idea of a flight cost. This will allow you to plan a little easier.

So according to my research, it is a very good idea to book accomodations a year in advance. Also it appears that the major hotel chaines i.e Marriott, Hilton etc, will expect the full amount paid up front, so this is something to keep in mind when planning and budgeting. A positive is that at least the large cost will be paid for in advance and you will not have to worry about it once you arrive.

Tickets & Events

There will be 28 sports ranging from swimming to golf to marathon running. What you want to see will determine how much you should save for. Tickets are obviously not available right now, but if you are planning on attending the 2016 Olympics go to THIS SITE and sign up for email up dates on the tickets. You will be grateful you did later, when 2 years from now, you get a notice, that tickets will go on sale soon 🙂

It will keep you informed on all of the up to date information for the tickets. Tickets are very hard to come by, and you are competing with the world, so believe me when I say you want to be in the know.

I researched current ticket costs.

I will use London’s Ticket Prices for my planning and budgeting. For an idea of what to expect CLICK HERE

It would appear tickets range from $32 to well over $200 depending on seat location and event.

If you want to go to the Opening Ceremony like we do, be prepared to pay a lot especially if you don’t buy right when they go on sale. It was reported that Opening Ceremony tickets went for $2,500 resale after they sold out.

Face Value of tickets are $31.57 to $3,157 US. So if the opening ceremony is something you must do, you must be ready to battle for these tickets they go on sale or be prepared to pay a lot more.

So again this my reminder for you to go sign up for the ticket notification, or you will miss out.

I personally plan on attending some event every day, so I know ticket costs will be a HUGE expense and I am glad I have plenty of time to save for them. I want to see as many different sports and competitions as possible and once the tickets become available I will have a better grasp of what to expect. I also want to see Brazil soccer, which I am willing to bet will be a very very expensive ticket. Not to mention golf is coming to the Olympics, as well as squash, wake boarding and roller sports. There will be a lot of new events to consider.

Important Info you Should Know

Obviously safety consideration should be apart of every travel you take so I am not really going to cover that

Brazil has visa requirements so make sure you handle that prior to arriving so you do not have any issues. It would really suck to spend all that money and then have a visa issue upon arrival. You will not be able to get a visa at the airport.

For all things Brazil check out the Brazil Country Specific Information on the Department of State website.

Anyway, my huge issue will be budgeting and saving for the trip. I know what I would like to do, but like my past travel tip post said setting a very specific goal makes it easier to accomplish. So I am going to take my own advice. I have my $$$ goal, so it is time to start saving! Not to mention, it is so far in advance, you could save $2 per day, and by time it came time to book you would have plenty.

Seriously, just $2 bucks a day and you will most likely have enough to cover your flight & hotel!

So who is with me to cheer on Team USA in Rio, I mean you have 2,499 days to plan, why shouldn’t you go!

Until next time,

XOXO

Jen

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