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10 packing tips from a travel pro for a best-case scenario

10 packing tips from a travel pro for a best-case scenario

(CNN) — Choosing a suitcase can be an adventure in itself. Packing it properly with just the right contents is an art form. Get it right and your vacation will be a joy of lightened luggage containing just the right outfits. Get it wrong and it’ll be a misery of excess baggage charges, strained back muscles and cursing at the bewildering logic that led you to pack 17 pairs of shoes for a barefoot beach trip. There are a basic set of lessons to packing like a pro. Here’s a handy...

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How to Eat a steak like a Brazilian

How to Eat a steak like a Brazilian

The meat at Churrascaria Santo Antônio seemed to be the stuff of urban legend. “I had a friend visiting from Canada who had been a vegetarian for years,” said my mother-in-law, a native of southern Brazil who had been coming to the restaurant for decades. “I took her to Santo Antônio and, when the owner heard she didn’t eat meat, he whisked her back to the kitchens. He told her how the cattle was raised, explained the care they took in sourcing their meat and showed her how it was...

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Brazil Olympics: Ten arrested for ‘plotting ‘terror

Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism, two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. They were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group, officials said. The justice minister said the group was in the planning stage of an attack and police acted as a preventative measure. Alexandre Moraes described the cell as “absolute amateurs” and “ill-prepared” to launch an...

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Brazil has waived visa for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Brazil has waived visa requirements for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and will allow U.S. tourists to enter the country for up to 90 days. Despite U.S. passport holders being some of the most powerful (yes, powerful) when it comes to travel, Americans can’t just come and go as they please. But tourists traveling to Brazil this summer are now in luck: In the hopes of drawing people to the country for the 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5–21, Brazilian officials have...

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Mountain Peaks to Visit When You Tour Brazil

Given that it is home to the Amazon rainforest, many people who tour Brazil don’t think of it as a particularly mountainous country. The highest peaks in South America are in the Andes, which are located in nearby Peru, right? Not necessarily! While much of the country is flat, Brazil has its share of mountains, some of which soar to up to 9,000 feet in height. So if you are looking to climb some mountain peaks or see the country from above, you have many opportunities. Serra do...

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When You Tour Brazil, Expect to Dance the Samba!

The samba is the most famous dance in Brazil. In fact, beautiful women in revealing costumes dancing the samba during Carnivale is one of the most popular images people have of Brazil. So is the samba really that popular? And are you like to encounter it when you tour Brazil? The answer to both questions is: “Absolutely!” History of the Samba Samba dancing has been part of Carnivale celebrations, as well as street dances, for centuries. Traditionally, it is performed during the...

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‘Can I Bring My Pet with Me When I Tour Brazil?’

Some people are very connected to their pets and want to bring them with them wherever they go … even if they are visiting a foreign country! While the Brazilian government does allow visitors to bring their pets with them when they tour Brazil, there are certain rules that need to be followed. Pet Microchips Brazil does not require that your pet have a microchip, but for security purposes it is recommended. Before you leave, have your vet implant a microchip in your dog or cat that...

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‘What Kind of Weather Can I Expect When I Tour Brazil?’

One of the biggest challenges of traveling is packing. And knowing how and what to pack depends on knowing what kind of weather you will find once you arrive at your final destination. If you are planning to tour Brazil in the fall — or at any time of the year, for that matter — you should know that due to its tropical and subtropical climate, Brazil generally has warm weather all year round. Winters in Brazil Unlike many parts of the US and the UK, winters in Brazil tend to be...

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