Summer Olympics 2016: What You Need to Know Before You Go to Rio

If you’re like most people who are planning on traveling to the 2016 Rio Olympics, you’ve probably been planning this trip for quite some time. If you haven’t had the benefit of a lengthy trip planning agenda and you’re looking to get yourself to Rio for the festivities, here are some travel tips for the 2016 Olympic Games.

How much does it cost to go to the Olympics?

There are multiple costs to consider while planning your travel to Rio. Airfare, lodging and tickets are just a few of the expenses you’ll need to keep in mind. The best travel tips for the 2016 Rio Olympics starts with your budget.

  • Tickets – Purchasing event tickets should be the first item on your to do list. Each country has its own ticketing agency, so to ensure you’re going through the proper channels, check out official Authorized Ticket Reseller (ATR) list that the official Rio website has provided.
  • Flights – Booking your flight sooner than later is your best bet for the greatest savings. The earlier out from the event date you fly, usually means the less expensive your tickets will be. An added benefit for these flights from the U.S. is that they are frequent and there are many airlines offering service to and from Brazil.
  • Travel documents – If you’re from a handful of countries including the U.S., Visa fees have been waived from June 1 to September 18. You’ll still need a valid form of ID to travel internationally. From the U.S. you’ll need your passport. If you don’t already have that in hand, make sure you have a certified copy of your birth certificate and submit your passport application as soon as possible.
  • Lodging – The apartment and house sharing company Airbnb has been signed as the official alternative lodging supplier for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Due to there not being ample hotel rooms available, this may be your best option for your trip.

How to stay safe in Rio:

  • Know your surroundings – The festivities will shortly be in full swing. Make sure you have familiarized yourself with the area surrounding your hotel, and the most traveled paths to and from your destinations.
  • The Zika Virus – At this time, there has been a travel alert placed on travel to and from Brazil. The Zika Virus has been linked to health issues impacting pregnant women, and the CDC and Olympic officials have asked that pregnant women and other travelers consider postponing their trips for a later date.
  • Keeping your belongings safe – Ensure your money, travel documents and personal belongings are safely stored and not at risk for theft. You can find more great travel tips here.

While this may not be everything you need to know when going to the 2016 Summer Olympics, it’s a great start to kick your trip planning into high gear. Whether you want to stay to see just a few events, or you’d like to stay for an extended period of time, staying on budget and keeping yourself and your personal belongings safe is key. While you’re there, soak up the sun and enjoy the scenery, all the while taking in an experience of a lifetime – the Olympics!

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