Most people know that Brazil is the biggest and most populous country in South America, that it's the land of samba, soccer and Carnival. But do you have any clue where the country's name comes from? What do you know about Henry Ford's project in the Amazon rainforest? I've put together a list with some curiosities and fun facts that you probably never knew about Brazil.
Many tourists looking to experience nature in America make their way to open spaces far from the city, but US city parks offer some gorgeous alternatives right in the heart of metropolitan areas. These are ten of the best city parks in the US to add to your must-see list.
If you look up the reviews for Cascata del Bosco in San Vito, Costa Rica, you will find glowing remarks from very satisfied guests - all well deserved. With some places you get the sense reviews were paid for - not so here, these are people who were so moved by their experience they had to tell others. I found myself here as a result of a recommendation from my "Facebook family." I asked my group of fellow travelers to recommend a place close to the Costa Rican/Panama border, and several came back with "Go to Cascata del Bosco". So, after a little research, we reached out to the owner George and booked our stay.
I went to college in Plattsburgh, New York – the North Country. Every weekend the downtown bars were mobbed with college students drinking one dollar beers and doing what they do. Scattered along side, "townies" tried to pass themselves off as us. It was always an uneasy piece, as it probably is in many places across the country. But if you really wanted to get a taste and put aside this youthful air of undeserved superiority that we haughtily wore among our community hosts – "The Royal" was the place to go. That said, we from our pretentious suburban, urban and middle class perches have all given these places a go. And while we hope our arrogance is forgiven, we are all the better for rising to the level of the down to earth people that are always encountered. I recently found a bar such as this in the unlikeliest place – West 42nd and 9th avenue in Manhattan.
Relocating to another country to live in paradise is a reality for many people. Some leave behind the snow storms that paralyze the North Eastern United States while others are looking for a leisurely lifestyle at a much lesser price. However, paradise does not come without effort. As with my post about some of the challenges specific to traveling, this post is about some of the pitfalls you want to avoid if you are thinking about relocating. Generally speaking, this is not for someone whose job relocates them and offers full relocation services that include assistance with finding a home.
To some, travel may appear to be an expensive excursion, the sort of thing that rich people do when they grow bored of monotony, but the simple truth is that budget travel deals are happening all the time. Of course, when you think of cheap travel, there is that fear that you are buying a ticket for a rickety plane that will collapse over the Atlantic, or renting out a room that may in fact be the front for some murder club a'la Hostel.