Though I’m partial to budget travel, spending some money in the Amazon goes a long way. With a guide and a good boat, you can experience wildlife, local culture and stunning waterscapes that solo travelers could never reach. [Click headline to read full piece.]
Carnaval is right around the corner in this energetic city, where traditions — culinary, musical, literary and more — reflect a deep Afro-Brazilian heritage. Here’s my suggested weekend itinerary. [Click headline to read full piece.]
Together with the photographer Rose Marie Cromwell, I attended Permangolinha, a retreat run by capoeira master Cobra Mansa at his fascinating property in rural Bahia state, in northeast Brazil. There he raises cacau, coffee, cupuaçu, and some crops that don’t start with “c” following the guidelines of permaculture. Read more about it and see some incredible photos and videos not by me here.
Love and tradition are key ingredients in the food — and drink and music — of Colombia’s rainy Pacific Coast region. This port city of 400,000 is at the center of it all. [Click headline to read full article.]
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.
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.
Boy, it suddenly just got very cheap to go to Rio de Janeiro – formerly one of the most expensive destinations in the Western Hemisphere.
Many revelers described the scene along Vila Madalena’s main drag as “Carnival in Salvador, ” as packed, wild and carnal as Brazil’s rowdiest street bacchanal.