Tips and Tricks
The enormous statue of Christ (known as Christo Redentor in Brazilian Portuguese) stands watch over the stunning city of Rio de Janeiro – creating the perfect opportunity for tourists to visit a modern wonder while enjoying one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the world.
I know it’s a bit blasphemous as a traveler to admit you don’t quite fancy a place, so prepare the tar and feathers: When I went to Dublin the first time, I didn’t quite fancy it. Don’t get me wrong—the accents are nice and you can find some pretty weird stuff in the tourist shops. But the city itself lacks some flavor at first glance.
For the tourist in the UK, one of the most exciting parts of travel (in my mind, anyway) is getting to take trains everywhere. While the UK does also have a bus system, I’ve found trains to be faster, more spacious, and more fun. At first glance, train tickets might seem outrageously expensive. I still remember when my friend and I arrived at Paddington in London to get a ticket to Bath for travel that same day, only to discover a return ticket would cost £60—each!
When planning an itinerary to Brazil, most travelers elect to skip over Sao Paulo and head straight to Rio de Janeiro. But Brazil’s biggest city has so much to offer! With amazing green parks, outstanding international dining, and safe neighborhoods, Sao Paulo is a great introduction to Brazil.
I’ve been living abroad for over eight years now. I spent several of those years in England (North, South, South West and many neighborhoods of London) as well as a year in New Zealand (five different cities both in the north and south island). Coming from Brazil, the cultural differences were both shocking and enlightening.
Whether you choose the hustle and bustle of Copacabana, the excellent people watching of Ipanema, or interesting Vermelha, Rio de Janeiro has a beach for everyone!
The Angkor Wat complex is a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest religious monument in the world. It was first built as a Hindu temple during the Khmer Empire, but was gradually repurposed as a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century.