Football fans to get more for their money in Brazil

25th Feb 2014

Not all Brazil-bound England football fans are looking forward to the World Cup with confidence. But they can look forward to getting a lot more money on the local exchange rates.

Just months before the event, they can get a third more for their money than they did a year ago, according to the latest Post Office Travel Money survey.

The Brazilian real has collapsed against the pound sharper than most currencies recently.

This means followers of Roy Hodgson's men can see their cash stretch even further when they make the long journey to watch the football and possibly take in the sights too.

Brazil is a major group tours destination for a reason. It boasts incredible beaches, including Rio's legendary Copacabana, and the stunning statue of Christ the Redeemer, the world's biggest Art Deco-style sculpture.

The country also offers the Zoological Park of São Paulo, restaurants aplenty and the world-famous Catedral da Sé. Visitors on city breaks to Rio de Janeiro, which includes the amazing Maracana Stadium, can enjoy a World Heritage Site.

Travellers to Brazil would have got 2.7 real for £1 a year ago. The latest rate now stands at around 3.61 - a jump of more than 33%.

The pound has improved against each of the leading 40 favourite currencies, the study showed. South Africa, where the rand has crumpled by more than 36% against the pound in the past year, Indonesia, where the pound is 33.4% stronger, are other countries where UK tourists can enjoy much improved rates.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: "In a year when many people will want to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela as South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, UK visitors will get almost 37% more for their pounds."

This equates to more than £134 extra to spend when UK tourists change £500. Turkey-bound holidaymakers can now get 33.1% more lira than in February 2013. Russia, Thailand and Peru are among the other destinations where Britons can get more for their money.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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