Held from June 14 thru July 15 throughout Russia, World Cup 2018 is sure bring in athletes, soccer fans, and tourists from all corners of the globe. From cultures mixing to people meeting there will be plenty of opportunities for eye-opening experiences. Plus, the amazing soccer going on in different areas of the country.
But, there will be as many opportunities to come down with an illness or run into a bit of trouble. If you’re planning on heading east (or west) to partake in the festivities it’s best to have some solid tips to stay healthy and safe.
How to Prepare for the 2018 World Cup
Soccer fans from all over are chomping at the bit to get on the road to Russia for World Cup 2018. But there are a few things that need to be lined up before you get moving.
Make sure you have received all CDC recommended vaccinations. This includes: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis and updates to routine vaccinations. See a travel health specialist about any health concerns you think may arise while abroad. Your local Passport Health clinic can provide you with all the necessary information, vaccinations and advice you may need for your trip. Book your appointment online or call to schedule today.
Something every traveler should consider is investing in traveler’s insurance. This provides an added layer of protection while you’re away from home. If you do fall ill or have an accident, this insurance will help you get home safely and avoid high cost. More than anything else, along with travel vaccinations and consultation, it can help put your mind at ease so far away from home.
How to Stay Safe During the 2018 World Cup
Even though the 2018 World Cup takes place in 11 different cities throughout Russia, the same tips still apply. Whether you’re in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Sochi, using smart travel safety and health practices will help you stay safe.
No matter where in the large country you’ll be experiencing the festivities there will be an anticipated overload of crowds. Make plans ahead of time for how you will get from A to B and have a backup just in case. Subways, buses, public transit, and ride sharing will all be hard to get to and definitely crowded. Often, walking is the best option to get around. Be sure to bring good, comfortable shoes and pre-plan your routes to destinations using services like Google Maps.
While in Russia, always move around with a group of people. This helps avoid potential crimes of opportunity. Leave fancy jewelry, flashy clothing and other items that could attract attention at home or in your hotel room. Crime is common in some parts of Russia and it is best to take precautions. Take only what you need when you’re walking around instead of backpacks or open purses. These are prime targets for thieves.
When it comes to basic sanitary practices, always wash your hands, never touch your face, and always carry a tiny bottle of sanitizer. Only drink bottled water and stay away from tap. Russia’s water safety may vary depending on location.
Things to Do In Moscow During the 2018 World Cup
As mentioned, the World Cup will take place all throughout Russia including 11 major cities. One of those is Moscow, the capital of the country. With its opulent and spiraling cathedrals and thriving modern arts scenes the city is a feast of experiences for all interests. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind.
- The Red Square – A pillar of commerce, the Red Square is Moscow’s city center. Surrounded by historical buildings and modern shopping centers, the Red Square is always on the list of places to stop by in the city.
- Small Group Art Tour – Guests can check out works from local artists while exploring art galleries and museums on this tour. Take some trinkets home with you as artisans sell handmade jewelry and clothing.
- The Moscow Metro – Opened in 1935, this architectural project is as extravagant as it is practical. Most of the underground stations act as mini-museums with their own unique moods and decorations, each telling their own story. Plus, it’s a great way to get around the city.