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Olivier Martelly shares his advice on how to travel for the World Cup

In 2022, the World Cup will be hosted in Qatar, a first ever for the country. Compared to North America, the climate in Qatar is considered extreme. Historically, the World Cup always takes place over the months of June and July. With average summer daytime temperatures that exceed 120 degrees fahrenheit (50° celsius), FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup made the decision to shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place during the winter (December). Because of the shift in time of year and Qatar being a new host for the World Cup, many soccer fans in North America are expected to make the trip to experience the tournament.

If you’re family is planning on going to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, the following helpful tips will help ensure you have an enjoyable trip without major travel issues.

Work with a Travel Agent

Because of the complexity associated with attending a World Cup, there are dozens of small details that go into making it a successful trip. If you have plans to attend multiple games in different cities, you will need help coordinating travel and accommodations for your trip. If you have never traveled to Qatar before, strongly considering working with a travel agency that specializes in Word Cup planning. A trusted agent will be able to shop around for the best prices, while also providing you with reviews of hotels and things to do. If you time spent planning the trip is limited, you will very likely need to consult with a travel agency.

Fan Support Groups

If you are traveling to the World Cup with intentions of only watching your home country play, consider looking into options offered by a fan group for that country. In the U.S., the American Outlaws are considered the officially recognized fan group for the team. This group has chapters in most major cities and work to increase the exposure and support for the team. In many cases, these groups will coordinate packages for fans to purchase. For the 2012 World Cup in Brazil, the American Outlaws offered a package priced at $5,400. This included airfare, hotel accommodations, pre-game parties, daily breakfast, and travel in between cities.

If the 2022 World Cup in Qatar isn’t an option because of travel and costs, consider making plans now for the 2026 World Cup, which was just announced it would be hosted in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.