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The Great Escape: Month 60 Roundup thumbnail

Oh, my monthly roundups. They are so ridiculously out of sync with real time now (this post is basically eleven months late, whoops!) that I recently considered axing the series, but I decided to play catch up instead — so brace yourself for a couple of these coming up! However, now that I’m writing on multiple…

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…

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…

When Horseback Riding Goes Wrong thumbnail

Forgetting your passport. Missing your flight. Booking a hotel in the wrong city. These are major travel snafus that can seriously dent your wallet and detour your trip. But what about the little mistakes, like, say, booking the wrong horseback riding tour? Because that’s what I did in Brazil. There is so much to do and see…

A Brazilian Pearl: Where to Eat, Stay and Play in Paraty thumbnail

I already confessed that my time in Paraty was a washout. But while five days of rain followed by three hours of sun was frustrating, it did leave us plenty of quality time to eat ourselves silly, lounge about in our accommodation, and look for a few creative activities that didn’t require a dose of Vitamin D. Heading…

When It Rains, It Pours in Paraty thumbnail

I fell unexpectedly in love with Brazil’s biggest city, but it wasn’t long before I felt the ocean calling me home. Leaving São Paulo, we made our way towards the sea, where we’d planned to drip along the coast all the way to and beyond Rio de Janeiro. Tucked along this so-called Emerald Coast is a turquoise jewel…

#ExploreMore2016: My Travel Plans for 2016 thumbnail

Well hello there, 2016. A new year, a fresh start. The time for making ridiculously optimistic resolutions. Join the gym. Eat healthier. Be on time more often. (No? That’s just me?) All mighty fine intentions, rarely carried through. Yet my good friends at Overnight — seriously, I know and love this crew — have made one…