A Cheapskate's Travel Guide by:Derek Lakes
The weather is usually wonderful, and there are countless of activities to do for everyone. To ensure that you have a great traveling experience in Brazil pay heed to the following advice:
Make sure that you are vaccinated against Yellow Fever. If you have not been vaccinated, you will not be allowed to enter the country.
Don't carry loads of cash around with you. Take only what you need for the day, and keep it safe in your money belt.
Wear handbags or strapped purses across your body rather than just on one shoulder, as this will make bag snatching more difficult.
Avoid very crowded areas, as these can put you at greater risk of being pickpocketed.
Never walk alone at night on empty streets. Even if this means your journey time is elongated, it's better to be safe than sorry.
For the sake of your health and safety, drink only non-carbonated mineral water, as the tap water in Brazil isn't always that clean.
Brazil is a hot place, so be sure to stay hydrated by drinking at least two litres of mineral water or coconut water per day.
If you're at the beach, try to restrict your exposure to the sun to within the recommended time limits, and use the strongest sun block you can find.
There are disease-carrying mosquitoes in some parts of Brazil, so carry around a can or bottle of insect repellent at all times.
Beware of unlicensed cabs, as these can be dangerous. Some unlicensed drivers have been known to portray themselves as real taxis, when they are anything but. If in doubt, ask a street cigarette vendor as to which taxis are genuine. Also, real taxis have red or maroon license plates, but this is no guarantee.
Stay away from favelas, as they can sometimes be very violent places swarming with criminals.
Do yourself a favour and take only a bear minimum of possessions out and about with you.
It's a good idea to make photocopies of your passport and Brazilian visa and use these, rather than the originals for identification purposes. You do not want to try to replace a stolen or lost passport.
It's a good idea not to wear pricey jewellery and watches. Just get yourself a cheap watch and wear that while you're away.
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