5 things to do off the field during NZ’s Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup gets underway in just a few days – on September 9th – and will literally be a clash of the titans as teams like the Springboks, the Wallabies and All Blacks go head to head. Check this video out to take a look at some of the action that will feature in the coming weeks:


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World Cup cricket review

While the World Cup is well underway now, there’s still time to check out the action.

We certainly hope you’ve checked out our newsletter with all the details of the cities where VIP Backpackers can help you with your World Cup assault.

If you haven’t seen it yet here are some snippets from one of the Indian and Sri Lankan host cities where there is still some action to be held.

Mumbai train station. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Mumbai, India
Mumbai is home to Bollywood and that alone is probably reason to visit for all the glitz and glamour of the studios! We all know it as India’s entertainment capital but it’s also something of an economic powerhouse and this has attracted huge numbers of migrants from all over India making it the second most populous city in the world. It hums, creaks, churns and froths but it’s also a city that gets under your skin. The potpouri of cultures makes for interesting eating and markets, there are some wonderful architectural features such as the main railway station and plenty of swish bars and restaurants.

And despite the population density the city only allows the polluting rickshaws in some suburbs while public transport is 88 percent of passenger traffic and taxis and rickshaws must run on compressed natural gas. It also has some good natural features such as its coastal location, various rivers and lakes, and deep harbour.

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World Cup 2011 gets underway

Cricket match in Brisbane, Queensland. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

The World Cup cricket tournament got underway on 19 February and that means three months of matches for cricket mad fans around the world.

Nationals of India, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Ireland and England who have teams in the contest will be glued to television sets, radios or at the stadiums themselves over the coming weeks to follow the action.

Action takes place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh this year and many of the cities where matches are hosted are part of our network.

Given we know many of you in our VIP Backpackers network are some of those fans we’ve dedicated the March edition of our newsletter to the World Cup so stay tuned for previews of the locations and consider heading over there if you can. Click here to view the newsletter.

The final is not until 2 April so you’ve still got plenty of time to make it. And as we detail in the  newsletter the biggest cost to you attending the World Cup is the airfare as accommodation and ticket prices are minimal once you are there. There are plenty of budget options for getting to these places though, so check out the venues listed at the Cricket World Cup website and then airlines like Air Asia or Tiger Airways and join the passion and fervour in these cricket-mad nations!


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com