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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: 'Off the Grid' at Brazil's Juma Amazon Lodge

Where: Manaus, Brazil
April 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

The best recommendation we can make for you in 2014 is to go "off the grid." Venture to a place without 3G/4G data, without a WiFi network, and perhaps even without TVs for what some would call "digital detox," but what we now simply call "necessary."

To be specific, we've been off the grid three times already in 2014: in Borneo's rainforest, in Tasmania's Southwest National Park, and at Juma Amazon Lodge in Brazil's verdant stretch of the Amazon.

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You Can Volunteer to Explore the Amazon With 'Fronteering'

Where: Brazil
March 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fronteering is giving voluntourists a chance to get off the beaten path in Brazil this year.

Travelers from around the world are joining its Amazon Guide Brazil trip to help educate the public about sustaining the Amazon Jungle and to teach local guides at an eco-tourism organization how to speak English.

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The Tastiest Exotic Fruits to Try in the Southern Hemisphere

March 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (2)

Apples and orange and pears, oh my! More like oh boy, as these fruits are only the tip of the iceberg for tastiness, and travelers to the Southern Hemisphere know this well.

Exotic fruits on the other side of the world are a serious attraction for the culinary adventurer, and we're not talking about dragonfruit, lychee or papaya; instead we're looking further afield to what can be found beyond the Equator:

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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 | 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!

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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Breaking Down the Wild Process of Obtaining a Visa to Visit Brazil

Where: Brazil
February 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Without a doubt, Brazil is cool. Many elements combine to make it so; Brazil is fortunate to have some of the world's best beaches, liveliest music, sexiest people, most exotic flora and fauna, and tastiest food. Still, there is one bit about Brazil that's not so cool: going through the process of obtaining the visa necessary for US citizens to visit.

It's our own fault, really. Brazil is only doing to us what we do to their citizens wanting to visit the US; it's called reciprocity. Still, the Brazilian visa process is necessary evil of traveling to this beautiful country, and since we just sweated through it ourselves, we thought we'd break it down into simple steps.

Note that spectators, staff and volunteers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have abbreviated visa requirements for what is a free "temporary special visa" with 90 days validity. If you're heading to the World Cup and think you'll return to Brazil at some point, then opt for the regular tourist visa, which comes with ten years of validity but costs $160-$180.

* Instructions and links below are intended for one regular adult tourist of US citizenship, holding a US passport.

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Go Here in 2014: The Six Big Cities for Events

January 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The start of a new year means a zeroing-out of frequent flier qualifying miles and hotel loyalty program balances. Thus, there's no better time to plan for 12 more months of travel. To help with some inspiration, we're sharing the places and events we're most excited about for 2014.

More new months in the year means more chances to party at the buzziest events or simply witness a historical occurrence. Keep this list handy as you map out your itineraries for this year:

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Skyscanner Helps You Find the Perfect Flight to the 2014 World Cup

December 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can almost hear the vuvuzela horns now, as the World Cup is set to arrive over in Brazil in just a few more months. If you haven’t made plans to attend yet it’s probably a good time to start figuring things out. Thankfully the folks over at Skyscanner are ready to help you out, as they recently launched their Soccer Flight Finder in hopes of getting you from here to there.

The site does its best to reveal all kinds of itineraries from the 32 countries around the globe with teams trying to score an invite to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the website can also display all kinds of domestic options in and around Brazil. The country is pretty darn big—in case you haven’t checked out the map—so you’re probably going to need to fly a little bit to hit all the matches.

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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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Just 365 More Days Until the 2014 FIFA World Cup

June 15, 2013 at 4:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We remember the last World Cup like it was yesterday. You know—South Africa, vuvuzelas, "tekkies," picturesque stadiums in a country that seems (and is) so very far away, and Spain's victory over the Netherlands. In reality, that was a whole three years ago and the world is quickly moving on to celebrate today as the one-year mark before yet another FIFA World Cup.

The soccer championship series occurs every four years, changing host countries in a wooing process similar to that of the Olympic Games. The last five destinations have been South Africa, Germany, Japan, France and the United States. For 2014, it'll be Brazil's time to shine as the major cities see their stadiums transformed into seething hoards of soccer hooligans wearing their team colors in every manner possible.

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Zach Galifianakis Hits Rio for Hangover 3, but Skips the Scenery

May 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

The wolfpack was back together again in Rio de Janeiro this week, and they weren't afraid to strut their stuff on the beach.

The cast of The Hangover 3, including Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, hit the beach before the movie's Brazilian premiere.

Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis showed some skin, just like the locals, in skimpy speedos while the one guy most ladies want to see in a tiny bathing suit, Bradley Cooper, kept covered up in a gray t-shirt and black shorts.

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