As far as the continent of South America is concerned, Brazil is undoubtedly the one country that all travel enthusiasts wish to visit. It’s a vast country that has a little bit of everything to offer, making it the perfect destination for a tour. But whether you’re getting away for some winter sun or planning your big holiday for next year, a number of preparations are key.
Focus on these eight factors below, and you’ll be destined to enjoy brilliant Brazil to the max. The trip of a lifetime awaits.
#1. Looking The Part
Treating yourself to a new outfit or five is definitely one of the most exciting parts of any holiday. When heading to Brazil, you may well attend carnivals or take on treks. However, most people are likely to spend a lot of time on the beaches of Rio and other popular cities. Combining swimsuits with denim is a great way to get the perfect look for the sand and those trips to nearby restaurants. However, there are various other styles that can leave you looking and feeling your best.
Accessories play an equally important role in creating a fashionable style. Hats, sunnies, and other features are essentials for your comfort and health in the sun too. Do not forget it.
#2. Medical Precautions
While on the subject of the sun, you’ll also need to consider skincare treatments and lotions. After all, the trip will be ruined if you spend most of it nursing sunburn. Those responsibilities don’t end there, though. Visitors can be vulnerable to a host of diseases and health complications not seen in Europe. Malarone can be used to help prevent malaria. Meanwhile, there are several injections that should be taken by anyone visiting the Amazon rainforest or jungle too.
Prevention is the best form of protection, but it’s important to think about health insurance for your travels too. Hopefully, you won’t need it. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
#3. Practical Preparations
Aside from your health, there are several other practical elements to consider before heading to the airport. Otherwise, you could leave yourself open to a very uncomfortable vacation. The current exchange rate will see you get just over four Brazilian Real to the British pound. You may need to order these into the post office especially, but it can be done before arrival. Meanwhile, you should advise your bank about those travel plans to avoid card blocking.
Thinking that Brazilians speak Spanish is a common mistake. Portuguese is the most common language. If you cannot speak it, a translator App or guide for stock phrases is key.
#4. Picking The Destinations
Brazil is a vast and varied country. A little spontaneity is great for your adventure, but you should at least have an idea of the places you wish to visit. Rio de Janeiro is the number one spot for various reasons, not least for the beaches and Christ the Redeemer. Meanwhile, you could consider taking in Manaus or other destinations on the Amazon. Recife, Brasilia, and Fortaleza are all great destinations with unique vibes too.
It’s only a personal opinion, but Sao Paulo is one to miss. If you fly into the country’s biggest city, it might be worth doing a day or two there. Any longer will be a waste.
A comfortable place to sleep is an important feature of any great holiday. However, this is especially true in Brazil. The climate conditions can make it very uncomfortable at nighttime when you aren’t blessed with those features. The internet is a great resource for finding great deals on comfortable hotel rooms. Meanwhile, Airbnb is an increasingly popular option.
This factor is crucial for the whole trip but is particularly useful on day one. Due to timezones, getting a good night’s rest is an essential part of preparing for the adventures ahead.
#6. Getting The Magical Experience
Every great holiday should provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will stay in your heart forever. Brazil is a place blessed with great attractions, but you can take them even further. In Rio, for example, favela tours and helicopter visits over Christ and Sugarloaf Mountain will take that joy to another level. Those special activities will add the icing on the cake.
Seeing and doing things that cannot be replicated anywhere else is the aim. With this in mind, taking a trip down to the border to see Iguazu Falls is highly advised too.
Most travellers will rightly consider the comfort and practicality of their flight routes and times. However, you mustn’t overlook the internal matters either. In truth, domestic flights between cities are pretty pleasing. By land, though, travel can be a nightmare. Therefore, it’s worth familiarising yourself with public transport facilities before travelling.
Given the long distances between cities, you’re unlikely to want to drive. If touring, a hire car is not necessary. If staying in one city, though, it is something that may be worth consideration.
#8. Choosing The Right Company
When you travel to Brazil, you will feel a million miles from home culturally as well as physically. While this is a positive factor for the most part, the influence of your travel party can be huge. All vacations are known to test friendships. Seriously, picking the right person(s) to go with is arguably the most crucial element of all. Get it wrong, and your whole holiday will suffer.
For many people, the best option is to go solo. It may seem a little lonely, but you can always choose a package that will see you interact with other tourists. Either way, it’s the best way to tick off your bucket list items.
IS BRAZIL ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
When done right, Brazil is one of the best places you’ll ever visit. As such, it deserves a little extra attention. Make those preparations as advised above, and it will be a trip filled with excitement at every corner. Quite frankly, that’s all anyone could ever want from their travel exploits.
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