I offer some advice from veteran Olympics fans on how best to take advantage of the games, and travel to Rio to see how to put their advice into action.
The “Programa do Jô” is Brazil’s Tonight Show, hosted by Jô Soares under one name or another since 1988. I had the honor of appearing in this, his final season, to talk about Brazilian food, Brazilian people, and Amigo Gringo.
In one of our favorite recent videos, we teach Brazilians some surefire ways to make people think you’re a New Yorker. Eating a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery is not one of them.
Folha de S. Paulo, the Western Hemisphere’s largest city’s largest newspaper, published an interview in which I (sort of) said Brazilians are better travelers than Americans. (Really, just sort of, but it’s in the headline, so it must be true.)
Why travelers are generally so terrible about assessing risk when they travel. Or, why non-pregnant Olympics fans who fear zika more than dengue have already been infected – by the media.
I tried luxury travel for a few days and, though I can see why people like it, went back for a final few days of adventure on the cheap, bussing it for a homestay with a Uno-playing indigenous family and visiting the forgotten town of Quingeo.
For the fifth and final time as Frugal Traveler, I take my brave parents on the road and subject them to my budget: Nicaragua, Croatia, Norway, Vancouver and now Panama.
My dad left Germany as a young child in the 1930s, fleeing the Nazi regime. He and all his descendants – my brother, nephews and I – just became citizens. I was the first to go back since – and wanted to choose the most traditional Germany I could find.
That means “The Night” in half-Portuguese. After appearing on morning shows like “Encontro com Fátima Bernardes” it’s my first appearance on a late night Brazilian talk show. And the debut of our customized Amigo Gringo Speedo.
Boy, it suddenly just got very cheap to go to Rio de Janeiro – formerly one of the most expensive destinations in the Western Hemisphere.