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Soaking Up Art and Architecture in São Paulo

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I arrived in São Paulo wide-eyed and ready to explore the city that would act as both a layover and launch point throughout the rest of my time in Brazil. As the largest city in the country (and the fifth largest city in the world!), São Paulo can be a tad overwhelming. I knew I […]

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January 30, 2017 by | Comments Off on Soaking Up Art and Architecture in São Paulo

Comparing the Street Art of Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo in Brazil

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One thing I wasn’t expecting from my six week trip to Brazil? Falling in love with São Paulo, popular Rio de Janiero’s rival. By the time I’d arrived in Rio, I felt my heart already belonged to another city — but I was more than willing to give this new one a chance. One of […]

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January 30, 2017 by | Comments Off on Comparing the Street Art of Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo in Brazil

Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro

Hang Gliding in Rio

While I don’t exactly consider myself an adrenaline junkie, I never shy away from an adventure. I’ve been skydiving in Hawaii, white-water rafting in Ecuador and shark diving in the Bahamas, so when I saw the opportunity to go hang-glide in Rio, I jumped at the opportunity (pun intended)! Viator’s Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding […]

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January 30, 2017 by | Comments Off on Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro

Horseback Riding in Brazil

Horseback riding in Brazil

In a country known for it’s coastline, Paraty is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s most charming beach towns. With a stunningly preserved colonial center, a verdant jungle backdrop and a bay filled with turquoise waters and white sand beaches, it’s a place right out of a postcard. Unfortunately for my travel companion Heather and […]

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January 30, 2017 by | Comments Off on Horseback Riding in Brazil

Quiet Time with Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer

Visiting Rio de Janiero was on my bucket since before I’d even filled out my first passport application. At the very top of the list? A visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue – an imposing concrete and soapstone statue that soars over 100 feet into the air and whose arm span seems to […]

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January 17, 2017 by | Comments Off on Quiet Time with Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Panama City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Panama City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour

Panama City is famous for a lot of wonderful things, like engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, the beauty that is the city skyline, and the historical gem that is the UNESCO-recognized old town. It’s also famous for some not-so-wonderful things, like unscrupulous taxi drivers and mind-numbing traffic.

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February 20, 2014 by | Comments Off on Panama City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Pisco Sour lesson in Lima

When in Peru, drink as the Peruvians do – that’s how the saying goes, right? That’s the theory travel buddy Zoe and I were operating under when we signed up for the Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson. Pisco has been a part of Peru since the Spanish invasion, when colonizers attempted to make […]

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January 23, 2014 by | Comments Off on Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Taking a Cruise Down the Amazon River

Though it was already dark by the time we arrived at the pier in Nauta, The Aria looked beautiful lit up at night. As soon as we embarked, I ran straight for my cabin and resisted the urge to jump joyously on the bed. The interior design was simple and modern, and accentuated the large […]

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December 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Tagaytay Ridge Tour in the Philippines

For many travelers, the best part about a big, hectic, twelve-million-inhabitant Southeast Asian city like Manila is leaving it. But even for those with a taste for urban chaos, a day trip to the surrounding areas can provide a breathe of fresh air and a new dose of cultural perspective.

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June 7, 2013 by | Comments Off on Tagaytay Ridge Tour in the Philippines

Swim with Manatees on the Crystal River in Florida

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From petting stingrays in Grand Cayman to riding elephants in Thailand, animal interactions sit high on the universal travel bucket list. On the Gulf Coast of Florida, just and hour and a half away from the tourism juggernaut that is Orlando (and yet another creature – a very famous little mouse!) lies another such animal […]

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February 21, 2013 by | 1 Comment