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!

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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

World Cup fever continues with the vuvuzela

If you’ve been watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches anywhere, and we hope they’ve been at special broadcasts in our VIP hostels, you’ll have come in touch with the wonderous item that is the vuvuzela.

A force to be reckoned with, this horn is popping people’s eardrums and encouraging them to party all over the world in a loud and very distinctive monotone.

If you felt like you’ve missed out on the action you can actually blow a virtual vuvuzela online here!

And don’t forget to write a message to your favourite team at this blog!

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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

World Cup fever

Ole Ole Ole! The World Cup starts today and we know there will be a lot of sleep deprived people over the next few weeks as a result.

VIP Backpackers will be joining the crowds here in Australia to support the Socceroos at all times of the night – and these are late, scheduled for 12pm or 4am – eek!

Even if you’re far from home, we still want you to get on board with us.

VIP Backpackers hostels around Australia will be showing live coverage of the games on big screen TVs! If you’re in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Cairns, Fremantle, Hervey Bay, Perth, St Kilda or Sydney, you can join all the fun. Check out full details here.

If you’re not in these locations, then check out the SBS programing for Australian television so you can keep up with the action.

In the meantime, as the flavour of the World Cup should have spread just about everywhere, use this as a chance to support your team.

Send in your messages of support, stories or photos of your team.

If we don’t hear from you, we’ll think it means just one thing – go Socceroos!

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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