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The Little Things: Magical Brazilian Butter Toffees Onboard TAM

October 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

When you think of tasty Brazilian treats, what comes to mind? Açaí berries, "Pão de Queijo" cheese puffs, "Brigadeiro" chocolate truffles, and "Quindim" coconut flan for sure, but what about Butter Toffee? Bear with us a moment; you see, Butter Toffees are a traditional onboard goodie of TAM, Brazil's largest airline. As such, they're known, salivated over, and enjoyed throughout the country.

In particular we speak of Butter Toffees produced by the Brazilian food company Arcor. The flavor favorite of TAM is specifically Torta de Limão, or Brazilian Lime Tart, a close cousin of Key Lime Pie. It calls to mind the iced lime tea—Matte Leão Limão—so beloved by Brazil's beachgoers, and is in itself a tiny taste of Brazilian cuisine.

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Travel Jobs: Live and Work Rent-Free in Rio

September 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you always wanted to live in Rio? What if you could live there rent free?

The Discovery Hostel in Rio de Janeiro is now giving travelers the chance to live for free in exchange for working the front desk. This is a common practice at hostels around the world, but Rio presents the unique opportunity of getting in and becoming familiar with the vibrant city ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

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Inside the Greatest Aviation Museum You've Never Heard Of: Brazil's Museu TAM

September 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every aviation museum worth its salt these days can boast of classic warplanes, military fighter jets here and there, and perhaps a pre-jet-age Lockheed Constellation, but few go the extra mile to secure and preserve the rarest, most historic, and, in some cases, most expensive airplanes nearly lost to history as does the Museu TAM.

The museum is the baby of TAM Airlines and is now the largest museum in the world maintained by an airline. Unfortunately it isn't the easiest daytrip destination; the Museu sits in a spacious pair of hangars just outside the town of São Carlos, an hour's drive from the city of Ribeirão Preto (location of the nearest commercial airport), which is itself an hour's flight (or 3-hour drive) from São Paulo. You'd never expect to find one of the world's most important aviation museums way out here, in this part of rural Brazil better known for sugarcane plantations, but here it is.

The museum opened to the public in 2006 with only around 32 aircraft, but they've been quite busy since and the collection now numbers 89 vintage and rare flying machines (49 of which are incredibly still in flying condition).

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When to Register as a Volunteer for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

August 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The 2016 Summer Olympics won't take place for two more years but planning is well underway, including the search for helpers.

Every four years hundreds of volunteers from around the world travel to the Olympics' host city to be a part of the festivities. Volunteer responsibilities range from providing transportation for the athletes and VIPs, to pointing tourists in the right direction.

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Brazil's Azul Sets Sights on First Flights to Florida

Where: Brazil
August 12, 2014 at 6:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago we heard about Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A—or Azul to their friends—and their plans to expand outside of the market down in Brazil. Nothing has been made official as of yet, but it does sound like the domestic airlines is close to fulfilling their hopes of going international.

One of the first routes to see Azul may be between Sao Paulo and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the airline plans to undercut the competition with fares below $1,000—maybe even as low as $600 through promotional rates.

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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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So Google Put All the World Cup Stadiums on Street View...

June 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have a long-standing policy against implying or suggesting or hinting - let alone declaring - that gee-whiz Google Maps and Google Earth technology can allow people "travel without ever leaving home." That phrase needs to be driven out of the lexicon, then captured as it tries to flee, then cast into the sea in a chained iron box protected by witchcraft and pirate curses.

That said, this thing that Google did where they put a bunch of the FIFA World Cup 2014 stadiums on Street View is actually pretty cool. It's not "just like being there." It's not even the "next best things to being there." But it's still pretty cool.

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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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7 Special Airplanes Flying World Cup Teams to Brazil

Where: Brazil
June 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

World Cup 2014 begins in little more than a week, on June 14. Right about now the national soccer teams are either packing up to hit the skies before hitting the turf, or they're already touching down in Brazil for pre-game practice.

Seeing as how the World Cup games are played in 12 different cities throughout the month, teams not only need transportation to Brazil, but within the massive country. For this, each team relies on a private or chartered aircraft, and many take the opportunity to show off a bit of their national pride.

Here are 7 such special aircraft you'll spot in the skies over Brazil this next several weeks:

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Where to Chow Down on McDonald's Special World Cup Menu

Where: Brazil
May 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)


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World Cup fever is heating up with the first game's kick-off happening in less than 2 weeks. It's not just Brazil that's getting all excited for the world's largest soccer tournament - McDonalds is getting into the excitement with some really special burgers that are worldly in their own sense.

The Golden Arches is celebrating the world's most popular sport by creating a few new menu items with an international sport flair. Each new burger will be named after a country and feature some ingredients and flavors of that country all served up between a bun that looks like a soccer ball. All of the 800 restaurants in the host country will sell sandwiches "from" Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and U.S.A., and the fun isn't limited to Brazil since new snacks can be found on the menus in Japan and Australia.

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Why the US Department of State is Taking Travel Tips to Google Plus

Where: Brazil
May 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wow—Google+ may actually be useful for something! Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 7) at 3:30pm EST, the US Department of State will host a Google+ Hangout on the topic of World Cup Travel to Brazil. As you're likely aware, the World Cup soccer championships begin June 12 and last an entire month, drawing millions of international fans to one country.

Brazil is the host for 2014, and already over 150,000 Americans hold tickets to the games. For most this will be a first visit to Brazil, and perhaps even South America in general, and news headlines from these destinations haven't always inspired confidence. With this in mind, the Department of State is calling upon experts to quell fears and appropriately prep travelers for the energetic adventure to come:

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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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