I officially have World Cup fever. While watching that heart-stopping match this morning between USA and Algeria, I got to thinking. The new stadiums of South Africa are stunning to say the least, massive, modern and worth seeing in person, without a doubt.
So what if I wanted to visit all the World Cup host nations around the world? Because I have a keen propensity to dream, I’ve put together a round-the-world ticket that goes to each host country to visit their beautiful cathedrals to soccer.
Of course the matches aren’t all played in the country’s capitol, but to save money and space, I’ve used only the biggest city or capitol in each of these nations. Countries that have hosted twice (Italy, France, Mexico and Germany) are used once. Note that these are not in chronological order either. The event seemed to bounce back and fourth across the pond year to year and because I wanted the cheapest way around these are listed as such.
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Starting with last year’s victorious nation, here are the countries I’d be visiting:
- South Korea/Japan
- United States
- South Africa
…And what my RTW trip would look like (click twice for larger version):
For roughly $5,000 I could fly to every tournament host nation in the world, and end up in South Africa’s roudy Johannesburg for the final match. I’ll be sure to pack my face/body paint, oversized sunglasses and regulation vuvuzela! See you there!