The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Choosing where to go

Before you start planning your trip, try to identify the purpose for your travels. Is it for relxation, adventure, business, etc. Keep in mind that Brazil is a vast country with very distinct regions. The further north you go along the coast, the more beautiful the scenery, but the poorer the region. The further south you go, the more organized and the more similiar it is to the US. If your purpose is purely relaxation, you might want to try going off the coast and visiting some of the islands where it is a completely different experience than the mainland.

Out and About

Take advantage of the public transportation. There are subway systems, trains, buses and taxis in most of the tourist destinations. Familiarize yourself with the routes beforehand, usually found on the internet, and getting around should be a breaze.

It's important not to flaunt very expensive jewelry or other accessories. Carry your cash in a travel bad underneath your clothes. You don't want your trip jaded by a pickpocketing incident, which is common on crowded subways.

Try to know where your going and organize your day before leaving your hotel room. Brazil is a safe place to visit if you are organized and attentive. There are many neighborhoods you'll want to avoid and being aware of your surroundings will prevent you from wandering off into the wrong direction.

Dining and Shopping

The restaurants in Brazil are phenomenal and most are reasonably priced, especially if you're converting your currency from dollars. The exchange rate is always fluctuating but is currently around 1 dollar to 1.67 reals. You'll find an endless array of the famous Churrascarias, buffets and pay per kilo restaurants. Do research and read reviews before picking a place to eat. With so many delicious options, you won't want to waste a meal on a simply mediocre place.

Brazil is famous for its shopping. You'll find the most fashion-forward styles this side of Europe. Take advantage of the farmer's markets; they provide real local items, most hand-crafted and good quality. Bargaining is almost neccessary at these markets. Never pay full price for anything, unless the seller declines your offer more than three times.