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Surprises From Six Weeks in Brazil thumbnail

As my biggest getaway of 2016, I spent plenty of time meticulously planning my six week trip to Brazil. And yet for all my research and reading, nothing can actually prepare you for the culture shock of completely immersing yourself in a new country, new language, and new lifestyle. So many aspects of Brazil took me completely…

Eight Secrets of Brazilian Beach Culture thumbnail

I read once that local of Rio often say “tenha uma boa praia,” or have a good beach over the much more standard translation for have a good day. It's a culture-revealing phrase not unlike Thailand's famous "gin khao reuyang?", a way of asking what's up? which literally translates as have you eaten rice yet? In much…

Out On the Dunes: ATV Adventures in Jericoacoara thumbnail

You've already read how in just one week, I fell deep under Jericoacoara's spell. While the tiny, remote Brazilian beach town had charm in spades, most people were drawn to what lay beyond its borders -- miles upon miles of endless, untamed sand dunes, their shapes changing with the whims of the wind. To explore them, you'll…

The Best Airbnbs in Brazil thumbnail

Considering a trip to the land of caipirinhas? Consider accommodation where you'll have a kitchen in which to whip up your own. Airbnb exploded in popularity in Brazil in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and then again ahead of the 2016 Olympics, a shift that continues to benefit travelers -- especially those headed to big cities. Want…

Under Jericoacoara’s Spell: A Brazilian Backpacker Paradise thumbnail

"Estava aqui!" I blinked awake, trying to determine if my eyes had properly opened or not. Yup, lids lifted. Confirmed. It was just pitch black both in and outside the bus I'd been on for the last six hours. I checked my phone, it was just after midnight. No service. I scanned the darkness outside my…

One Last Night in Rio: Retreating to Copacabana To Plan My Next Move thumbnail

Making the spontaneous decision to cancel our trip to Iguaçu Falls was the quite possibly best call I made in all of Brazil. Within seconds of deciding to skip our flights and spend two leisurely extra nights in the State of Rio de Janeiro instead, I felt a weight lift off of me. But I still…

Buggying around Buzios: Our Bonus Days in Brazil thumbnail

Guys I am going to shock you here. Like really blow your mind. Sometimes, things don't go according to plan. Yeah, I know. Hard to believe when you're a Tracy Flick loving, organizational spreadsheet making, perpetually over-planning-yet-somehow-still-a-scattered-helpless-hot-mess like I am. But every once in a while those plans just really go off the rails. Sometimes the weather is…

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