How Not to Travel in Brazil

Don’t Forget You Will See Poverty and Violence

This shouldn’t be a reason to change your travel plans, but it is something you should be well aware of. You’ll see favelas (slums), you’ll see homeless kids, and if you’re not careful, you will be robbed.

Travelers are easy prey and if they don’t research about their destination in Brazil prior to leaving their country, they might find themselves in a sticky situation. The best course of action is to know you might get robbed and always ask the locals if a place is safe. But if you do get mugged, just move on, as Brazilians do.

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You might read these tips and ask yourself “who would think like this?” and when you start your trip, realize people genuinely don’t know about this stuff. I honestly believe these type of travelers aren’t stupid, they just don’t do their homework or never truly learned about other foreign countries.

So if you already decided you’re going to Brazil, found this blog post by chance and this information is all new to you, please stop what you’re doing and research! Try to understand the Brazilian culture, the way we think and treat each other.

One thing I can say: we’re a warm bunch of people who are extremely accommodating. So even if you come to our country with all these misconceptions, we’re going to laugh at you — and with you – lightheartedly, drinking caipirinhas and having a nice time together!

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!