Five years ago I laid out a plan to travel across South America and attempt to accomplish a goal in each country that I lived in.
The idea was to inspire others to “travel deeper,” and go outside the normal tourist spots to experience foreign countries like a local.
My dreams took me to learn Spanish and get a local job in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dance like a Colombian in Medellin, cook like a Peruvian in Lima, help build libraries in Sucre, Bolivia and help develop micro-financing loans in Solola, Guatemala.
The final mission of this five-year plan however proved to be the most difficult and intimidating to date.
The seemingly far-fetched goal was to live in Brazil and find a way to work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Without knowing Portuguese or a single person, I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in January and began the quest to live this dream.
Today, just a few hours before Brazil faces Croatia in the opening match, I can proudly report that I am writing this post from 30,000 feet in the air as I travel to Cuiaba, Brazil (close to the Pantanal) to begin a 17-day job working for the World Cup!
After months of emails, phone calls, failures and headaches, I found my dream job.
Over the next 17 days during the Group Round of the World Cup tournament, I will be following 1,600 Australian soccer fans across five Brazilian cities to film a daily video journal of their World Cup adventures.
The Fanatics are an Australian company that organizes tours to big events around the world and they’re pulling out all the stops for the World Cup.
In between games against Chile, Spain and the Netherlands, the gang from down under will be hosting pool parties, live music and match viewing events for all the games, every day.
While Australia isn’t favored to win the World Cup, they are one of the mostly likely teams to have a great time!
My job is to capture all the madness on film and post it to their YouTube channel (stay tuned for link) each day.
I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity and now I’m even more pumped up after being back in Rio for 24 hours and seeing the world of fans who are there and ready for the games to begin.
On June 27th, after their tour, I will return to Rio to attend a quarter-final match and watch the finals from the beach or outside the stadium.
From there, I will continue traveling the country with Visit Brasil, as I still have many things to see and do.
Simply put, this is a very happy moment. Now I just have to do a good job.
Stay up-to-date with all my World Cup adventures on the T2T Instagram page and Facebook as well.
Let the World Cup begin in 3, 2, 1…