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Brazil or Bust: The Words to Know in Salvador da Bahia

June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil is so hot right now. Actually, Brazil is one of those perpetually hot places, topping travel bucketlists for decades, but especially so now with both the World Cup and Summer Olympics on the calendar. Thanks to TAM Airlines and Brazil Nuts tours, we journey south to see why.

"Capital of Happiness" is quite the boast for a city, but there's no doubt Brazil's third largest city, Salvador da Bahia, turns frowns upside-down. Whether you call it "Salvador" to keep it simple, or "Salvador da Bahia" to differentiate it from the many, many other Salvadors of the world, the vibrant, Afro-Brazilian metropolis of 3.5 million will be on your lips as Brazil's cultural hotspot (so much for Rio as the end-all be-all).

Here are the words to help you on your way in Salvador da Bahia:

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Brazil or Bust: The Words to Know in Rio de Janeiro

June 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil is so hot right now. Actually, Brazil is one of those perpetually hot places, topping travel bucketlists for decades, but especially so now with both the World Cup and Summer Olympics on the calendar. Thanks to TAM Airlines and Brazil Nuts tours, we journey south to see why.

Just as travel expands horizons, so it also does vocabulary. Even without a trip to Brazil, you'll have heard of at least a few words that matter, like "Copacabana," "Caipirinha" and "Capoeira," but Rio de Janeiro requires fewer inhibitions and more twists of the tongue.

Here are the words to help you on your way in Rio:

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Inside the Amenity Kit: TAM Business Class to Brazil

Where: Brazil
April 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Brazil Brazil Brazil. With little more than a month until the World Cup dominates headlines and dictates travel plans for millions, we thought it time to show what flyers on TAM, the country's largest airline, will enjoy.

Although this kit is a standard Business amenity pouch, it is specifically from TAM flight 8079, one of only two nonstop flights between New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro-GIG (the other is on TAM's Oneworld partner, American Airlines). That's a round 10 hours in the air, and the TAM 767-300 that operates the route is actually equipped with the interior typically found on their sister airline, LAN. This is because LAN and TAM recently joined up to form LATAM, and this 767 destined for LAN was instead handed over to TAM. The result is an airplane with no First Class, but improved Business and Economy seats.

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What Not to Do in the Amazon: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Brazil
February 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: Brazil is nearly the same size as the entire United States. Fun idea: go there! All this week, we'll be sharing our best Brazil tips for a primer on this diverse and spectacular country, in partnership with LATAM Airlines' Only in South America project. Enter the contest (by March 5) to win this trip!

Making the decision to the head to Brazil's Amazonas? Great idea. Referring to our ultimate Brazil packing list while preparing? Brilliant. Flying into Manaus' International Airport and hopping a boat to enter the real Amazon? Excellent decision. So far, so good, but as we learned from our recent trip to the "Lungs of the Planet," a region of over 2 million square miles, the Amazon requires special tips and cautions to make for the best possible experience.

Without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In The Amazon: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes:

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Ultimate Packing List: What to Bring for a Trip Around Brazil

Where: Brazil
February 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comment (1)

Fun fact: Brazil is nearly the same size as the entire United States. Fun idea: go there! All this week, we'll be sharing our best Brazil tips for a primer on this diverse and spectacular country, in partnership with LATAM Airlines' Only in South America project. Enter the contest (by March 5) to win this trip!

As you can probably tell from our photo of Iguaçu Falls above, Brazil is a place where wild nature easily awes the wildly curious. The key to enjoying it is to tack a few more days onto a trip, head outside the usual spots of Rio and Sao Paulo, and be sure to pack appropriately.

Brazil boasts a coastline of 4,655 miles, so beach wear is a big duh, but what about the Amazon as well, or the "cultural capital" of Salvador da Bahia? The Amazon alone is 40% of the entire country, and requires a whole different wardrobe of tropical attire, and Salvador has its own sand style apart from the thongs of Ipanema.

Aside from the basics, we've created packing lists for four Brazilian destinations we just visited ourselves: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, Iguaçu Falls, and the Amazon:

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Last Chance for Flights to World Cup 2014 in Brazil, as Airlines Add Hundreds Extra

Where: Brazil
February 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last chance to book travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup! Regular flights, both into and around the sprawling country, are nearly sold out during the World Cup dates of June 12 - July 13. This means it's time for airlines to announce how many extra planes they'll be running for fans to reach the 12 host cities.

Leading the pack is TAM, Brazil's largest airline, which only just dropped the huge news that they'll add 750 domestic and 300 international flights to supplement their usual schedule, all for travelers and soccer fans eager to visit during the World Cup.

TAM's competitors in the region (Avianca, GOL and Azul) are also throwing extra planes into the sky to help the rush, but nowhere near TAM's outlay. Azul, which only flies domestic routes in Brazil (and was actually created by the same man who founded JetBlue, David Neeleman), will only add around 350 flights during the World Cup period, for example.

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What 2014 Means for Star Alliance

January 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Today, we have a look at what's happening with Star Alliance for 2014.

These next months will see the largest alliance experience a slew of fond adieus and welcomes. Like we mentioned last week when we talked about Oneworld, Star is set to say farewell to US Airways and TAM. The TAM move to Oneworld with merger buddy LAN creates a considerable hole in the Brazilian reach of the alliance, hence discussion of Avianca Brazil becoming an affiliate airline to the alliance.

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What 2014 Means for the Oneworld Airline Alliance

January 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Today, we have a look at what's happening with the Oneworld alliance for 2014.

Of course the largest news is the merger between American Airlines and US Airways which will see US Airways leaving Star Alliance for Oneworld on March 31. The alliance will gain a new airline only until the merger is complete, at which point US Airways will wholly sucked into American Airlines.

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Travel to the World Cup 2014 May Not Be as Smooth as a Brazilian

Where: Brazil
October 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!

If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.

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KLM, JetBlue, and Delta Lead This Week's New Routes News

September 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· TAM:
Those flying to down to Brazil have some more options this week, as TAM has now added a second round-trip flight between Sao Paulo and New York-JFK. Right now they already do the back and forth once daily, but the new flight will add to that existing service. The second flight will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and it’ll depart from JFK at around 9:30am and arrive in Sao Paulo just before 8pm—all times local. For those interested in the ride, it’s going to be Boeing 777-300s doing all of the flying fun.

· KLM:
More new flights to South America this week, as this time it sounds like KLM is the carrier getting ready to start up a new long haul flight. This will be destination number nine for the carrier in South America, as KLM looks to fly between Amsterdam and Santiago, Chile. The new flights are scheduled to start doing their thing on February 2, and it will be Boeing 777-300s doing the flying. Flights will run from Amsterdam on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with a stop in Buenos Aires on the way. Flights headed back to Europe depart on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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What's Up with the Oneworld Airline Alliance in 2013

March 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's been some big, exciting news in the aviation world, and some bankruptcies and some mergers that cross the lines of traditional airline alliances. These shake-ups will redraw alliance lines and might affect your ability to earn and burn frequent flyer miles to your dream destination. Let's discuss Oneworld since the recent American and US Airways merger will mean the most for US-based travelers.

We already know that the New American will be sticking with Oneworld, which means the inevitable departure of US Airways from Star Alliance. In general, this doesn't open up a wealth of new US destinations, but it actually expands an already thorough South American network and opens a few new European cities to Oneworld.

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Four Awesome (and Free!) Art Basel Miami Beach Events Open to All

December 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

YAY—it's Saturday! Let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official dates are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but it's this weekend that sees the most interest from people outside the art & design industries. Yes, even regular people can attend. Though tickets to hit any of the main fairs cost double digits, there's plenty gratis happenings for a sweet taste of this infamous event.

Here's our four favorite free events, open to all:

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