8 Bizarre Travel Trends of Brazilians During the World Cup

By , June 18th, 2014

The Brazilian locals are getting restless. Amid all the protesting, last-minute preparations, and influx of international soccer hooligans, Brazilians are migrating elsewhere in the country, and abroad too!

Here is a list of some interesting travel insights coming from Brazilian trivago users spanning the World Cup tournament, which started Friday June 13 and wraps up July 14.

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Top Searched Destinations by Brazilians

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1. The top five-searched destinations abroad just so happen to have national soccer teams all within the top 20 slots in the latest FIFA rankings:

Rival destination #1: Argentina

FIFA ranking: 5 

Argentina National Team

Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Where Brazilians go to dance like the children of the night with some tango.

Rival destination #2: Italy

FIFA ranking: 9

Goal celebration!

Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Off the pitch, it becomes the battle of the hand gestures.

Rival destination #3: USA

FIFA ranking: 13

U.S. men's national soccer uniform

Photo by Nike

A rival nation in the making.

Rival destination #4: Chile

FIFA ranking: 14

Alexis Sanchez

Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Meet Brazil and Argentina’s little kid brother of soccer: Chile. At least they try hard.

Rival destination #5: France

FIFA ranking: 17

Paul Pogba

Photo by EPA

Brazilians must bring soccer balls made out of fromage as a peace offering, along with a government-issued passport to successfully enter the country.

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The USA is the destination of choice

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2. Out of the 36 percent of Brazilians traveling abroad, the most popular country is the good ole U.S. of A.

 

3. Within the U.S., here are the six cities generating the largest interest, from greatest to least: New York City, Orlando, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, Miami, and San Francisco.

Central Park in New York

Photo by Al_HikesAZ. CC BY

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Brazilians traveling within Brazil

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4. For locals traveling domestically, out of the top 10 areas most queried, only five are actually host cities for this year’s world cup: Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Natal, and Salvador.

 

5. The most searched destination within Brazil is Campos do Jordão. If you’re curious as to why, click here.

Campos do Jordão

Photo by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo. CC BY

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Brazilians’ interest in travel just got big, except for one place

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6. Travel interest among Brazilians is up 52 percent compared to last year’s numbers during the same time frame, according to trivago data wizards.

7. All countries searched on trivago saw an increase in travel interest coming from Brazil except for one: India.

Taj Mahal

Photo by Dennis Jarvis. CC BY

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Brazilians going abroad are likely to book

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8. But we did find that Brazilians traveling abroad were 17 percent more likely to be adventurous and book their hotel rooms, rather than their indecisive compatriots who just queried cities in their country’s backyard without necessarily booking a reservation.