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10 Things That Will SHOCK Tourists & Travelers When They Visit Brazil. Whether you are heading to the beaches of the Northeast of Brazil or Heading to see Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro or a business trip to Sao Paulo or going to the Amazon rainforest Brazil is an amazing country. Here we go through some cultural differences and traits that may surprise or make you chuckle.
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10 Things NOT To Do in Brazil

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Brazil is a beautiful country with attractive people, breathtaking sites, vibrant nightlife and of course the 2016 Olympics!

The Zika virus is mainly transferred by mosquitoes and the highest probability of danger is posed to pregnant women, who should consider avoiding the area entirely. For everyone else, practice safe sex, wear lots of mosquito repellent, and wear long sleeves and pants.

Don't Speak Spanish
Many visitors travel to Brazil expecting to hear Spanish, but unlike its South American neighbors, Brazil’s native language is Portuguese! Don’t be that ignorant tourist attempting to converse with the locals in broken Spanish.

Don't Flash the Cash
Although Brazil is a relatively safe country, there are still many poor areas. Don’t wear your most expensive watch or wave around your new camera, because it will be pocketed.

Don't Make the OK Sign!
It is a highly offensive rude gesture in Brazil. However, thumbs up does mean something similar to okay, literally “beleza” or “beauty,” and is frequently used.

Don't drink alone
It is customary practice in Brazil to share your “estupidamente gelada” or 'stupidly cold beer' with others. Most bars only sell beer in 700 ml bottles and sometimes even strangers will show up with their own glasses.

Don't Lose Your Consumption Card
Many bars and nightclubs will operate using a consumption card, for each customer to record food and drink orders. Patrons are expected to settle their bill before leaving, and not doing so results in large fines.

Don't be Impatient
Things move at their own pace in Brazil. Long lines are common for everything from ATMs to grocery stores, so be prepared to wait patiently.

Don't Forget the Amazon
Don’t be afraid to venture out into the more remote areas. Take a trip to the Amazon Rainforest, Iguaçu Falls, smaller towns like Olinda and Ouro Preto or travel to the Fernando de Noronha archipelago to experience some of Brazil’s best kept secrets.

Brazil is still a developing country, and you will come across extreme poverty, favelas, drug-torn cities and rude people. Don’t ever visit the favelas alone as they are run by drug lords and can be extremely dangerous.

Don't Try to Enter Without a Visa!
There are only a few visa exempt countries (mainly South American and Caribbean nations), the U.S. is not one of them. Brazil requires a visa for visitors traveling from Canada, and most European, Asian and African countries too. However, the process is very straightforward.


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THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT RIO CARNIVAL

what is the rio carnival
A short introduction about the carnival in Rio.




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about the Carnival of rio

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is definitly one of the most well known festival in the world,

The celebration is held for 5 days, 40 days before Easter.

what your watching is the samba parade at the Sambódromo in rio de janeiro

what is the samba parade?

the famous samba parade is where samba schools in neiboughing areas collaborate and create there own float.

5 divisions compete (to the death!) no, the top 5 schools perform their own dance and parade down the strip

at the end, the floats and performers are judged on overall impressions, costumes, float and props.

Do I need tickets for Rio Carnival?

Only for the official Samba competition.

This takes place at the Sambódromo and requires a booking

other than that, everything else is free!

tickets range from $60-$1,000 for the first day and get more expensive toward the finals

there a lot more events happening all around the area

theres smaller carnivals and street parties around rio as the festival takes place.

The street parties are known as blocos. there not as elegant but your into the party scene or love to watch the local people celebratin doing their thing then hit the streets

These are groups of people in special costumes or matching shirts walking around and following big floats called trio elétrico. If you like the rhythm or the people seem nice, just join them.


every year there is a theme in the street parties and this was David Bowie

Is Rio Carnival safe?

Yes!

don’t expect prim and proper manners among big crowds.

People will step on your toes, you will be doused in unexpected beer showers and there are plenty of weird chat-up lines from over-excited samba addicts flying around. But lighten up! It’s Rio Carnival!

Over 500,000 foreign visitors attend the Carnival every year with over 2 million people on the streets, apparently in 2011 there was 4.9 million people involve with the rio carnival.

The first festival was in 1723, thats 6 years shy of 300 years today.

Originally, Carnival was a food festival, because it was the last time to eat abundantly before the 40 days of Lent, a period of frugality starting on Ash Wednesday.

but the carnival and samba parade you see today reallyy started with the “lets talk parade” that started in 1929, its been getting bigger, with bigger stadiums and more people every year.

Rio carnival is the best time to experience the brazilian culture.

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São Paulo - 10 Things That Shock Tourists about São Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, a city of more than 20 millinion Paulistanos (the people of Sao Paulo) is a culture, food, shopping, and party city. It is not the most tourist friendly city around. However, that does not mean tourists shouldn't visit. Here are some fun culture shocks and tourist tips and advice for visiting Sao Paulo, Brazil. Have fun in Sampa!
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10 Things NOT To Do In Jamaica

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When you book your trip to Jamaica, the odds are good that you’re headed for a spirited, but relaxing island vacation. But there's much more to Jamaica than great music and gorgeous weather. So follow these tips to keep safe and have fun while visiting Jamaica.

1. Don’t Forget About the State Department
You should know before you travel that both s*xual as*ault and armed r*bbery are common throughout the nation, in some cases even inside gated resorts.

2. Don’t Expect Help From the Cops
The Jamaican police force is universally underpaid and understaffed. Their attention is mostly focused on more serious crime so a tourist’s stolen camera doesn’t rank high on their list of priorities.

3. Don’t Try to Get Around Without a Driver
In Jamaica, they drive on the wrong, -well, left side of the road. It can be a little perplexing, but for a small fee you can hire a driver for the day to help you get around efficiently and safely.

4. Don’t Backpack Through Jamaica
People who backpack through Jamaica essentially put a target on their back, attracting the worst of the island’s criminal element. Your best bet is to spend most of your time in highly populated areas.

5. Do Your Research
Where you spend your vacation will determine what there is to do. Love the nightlife? Then, Negril has tons of thriving hot spots. Taking your family for some fun in the sun? Montego Bay is full of family friendly resorts. Want to experience Jamaica’s inland paradise? Check out Ocho Rios.

6. Don’t Look at the Merchants
When you’re browsing at shops on the island avoid direct eye contact with the merchants. They will take it as a sign that you’re interested in buying but if you’re just looking, keep your eyes on the merchandise and not on the owner.

7. Don’t Use American Dollars
While good, old-fashioned greenbacks are welcome on the island, you should consider using the Jamaican dollar. You’ll find that you don’t have to worry about exchange rates and the locals will appreciate it.

8. Don’t Get Uptight
The entire country is filled with people who are looking on the bright side, and while they’re eager to please, they’re not in any big hurry. So, you shouldn’t be, either. No one wants to hang around with a grumpy tourist.

9. Don’t Be Afraid to Explore
There is one heck of a lot more to the island of Jamaica than just lounging on its world class beaches. There are a lot of great shopping spots and natural beauty like Dunn’s River Falls.

10. Don’t Worry About Finding a Good Beach
The best part about Jamaica is that no matter where you book your reservations Jamaica will have a pristine stretch of golden sand waiting for you. Don’t spend a ton of time trying to find “the right beach.” They’re pretty much all that beach.

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Visit Rio - What To Know Before You Visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Visiting Rio de Janeiro and not sure what to expect? In this video we go through the basics of what tourists and travelers should know before they visit Rio. From the money they use, what to see and do, security and safety issues, what money they use in Brazil and Rio de Janeiro and so much more. From seeing the Big Jesus (Cristo redentor) to going up Sugarloaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro is MARAVILHOSA! Whether you are visiting for the Rio 2016 Olympic games or for carnival the city is well worth a visit.
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5 Things Not To Do in Portugal

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The often overlooked nation is the oldest in Europe, having had the same boundaries since 1139. Unfortunately, however incredibly fun-packed Portugal is, it’s also possible to get into some trouble if you're not careful, so here are 5 Things NOT To Do in Portugal.

1. Don’t Speak Spanish
Portuguese people speak Portuguese, which is an entirely different language than Spanish. A Portuguese person may get annoyed if you assume they’re close enough to pass. Also, Portuguese people are not “Hispanic”.

2. Don’t Miss The Surf
Not only does Portugal have some of the world’s best beaches, it’s also got one of the most surf-friendly coastlines in the world. Nearly 500 miles long, the Portuguese coastline boasts solid surf all year round.

3. Don’t Go in July or August
These two months of the year are the hottest and busiest months of the year. If you plan to visit during the off-season, you’ll find the prices more agreeable and the beaches a little less crowded.

4. Don’t Get Suckered by a Terrible Fado Show
There are lots of places that claim to offer dinner and a Fado show and then they’ll charge you an arm and a leg for a mediocre experience. If you look around, however, you can find some truly talented performers who do shows for cheap or even free.

5. Don’t Forget Coimbra
If you’d like to visit a place that’s simply dripping with old world charm, Coimbra is it. You should plan to stay for at least a few days, and wander around the beautiful little town that’s home to one of Europe’s oldest universities.

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Things I've Heard About Brazil (before moving there!)

I'm moving to Brazil on October 1st, and I thought it would be a fun project to talk about what my expectations are for moving there before I actually go! I also hope it is interesting to those of you who are from Brazil, and I can't wait to make the second part of this video once I actually get there!

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15 Things NOT to Do in Singapore

Singapore is considered a contemporary, commercial, cosmopolitan city-state
However, in this former British colony there are a few rules, taboos and quirks you should be aware of so as not to offend anyone
Here are 15 things NOT to do in Singapore

1. Don't Chew Gum – Unless you Have Prescription

You can be fined $500 if you chew and drop gum, but an exception is made for “therapeutic purposes” with a prescription.

2. Remember to Flush

“An*l” culture? If you do your doody in a public washroom without flushing the evidence, you can be fined $150!

3. No N*kedness, Even in Private

Parading around in your birthday suit, even in your own home, is akin to p*rnography. It can result in a fine up to $2000.

4. Don’t Litter
Littering can result in a $1000 fine. You might think that's rubbish, but don’t trash the place and you won’t have to worry.

5. Don’t Show Feet
Many Asians think of feet as dirty. It's considered offensive to point with toes or show the bottoms of your feet.

6. Don’t Discuss Religion
Discuss topics like religion, and you could be considered offensive. It's best to avoid hot button discussions unless you keep your cool.

7. Don’t Take Taxis
Why take a taxi when the public transportation system in Singapore is one of the best in the world? The MRT (mass rapid transit) system is fast and comfortable.

8. Don’t Snack on the MRT
Singapore’s MRT has been a “no eating or drinking” zone since 1987. Fines can be up to $500 for daring to bite!

9. Unsecured WiFi
Check the “auto-discovery” setting is turned off in Singapore. Tapping into an unsecured WiFi network is a crime almost akin to hacking.

10. Don’t Tip
In Singapore, tipping is not a standard practice, so no need to leave some extra coins for your waiter.

11. Don’t Give Gifts Without Research
Don’t wrap a gift in white, as that symbolizes mourning, or present a gift with your left hand. Furthermore, it’s common to refuse a gift not once, twice, but three times before accepting it!

12. Don’t Smoke in Public
Public smoking is prohibited. There are some designated places where you are permitted to puff, but there’s a $200 fine if you mess up.

13. No Graffiti
Spray painting on a wall, or carving a name in a bench could result in a public caning. This city occasionally sentences offenders to punishment for acts of v*ndalism.

14. No Dr*gs – Even Before You Arrive
You can get into trouble for having dr*gs in your system when arriving in Singapore, even if you ingested them before you stepped foot in the country.

15. Don’t Finger Point
In Singapore, pointing an index finger at someone is perceived as rude, so keep your digits to yourself and you won’t make waves!

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Brazil: 7 Fun Facts about the Largest Latin American Country

Brazil – the land of sunny weather, incredible soccer players, breathtaking travel destinations and great abundance of wildlife. There are so many things that every person knows about Brazil, it’s culture and customs but we tried to find the lesser-known facts about this South American country and presented them in this short video.

Here you will learn such fun country facts:

- how dolphins help fishermen in Brazil;

- name and location of the world’s best beaches;

- most popular and exciting travel destinations you should visit;

- the origin of country’s name;

- the true meaning behind the national flag.
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Visit Sao Paulo - The DON'Ts of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Visiting Sao Paulo, Brazil, whether for work or play can be extremely rewarding with amazing museums and shopping, but there are a few things you should not do when you go to Sao Paulo. This video covers the Don'ts of Visiting Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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1. Don't expect to get anywhere quickly in Sao Paulo. With so many people, cars and craziness it will take you longer than what google says it will to get anywhere.
2. Don't skip the Mercado Municipal! This Sao Paulo tradition is amazing. From amazing fruit to the best bologna or sorry Mortadella sandwich you ever ate.
3. Don't skip out on eating non-Brazilian food while in Sao Paulo. There are tons of amazing places, foods, restaurants and styles for you to enjoy!
4. Don't lose your wits. Pay attention! Sao Paulo has a reputation for crime for a reason.
5. Don't expect a beach vacation. Sao Paulo is not a Brazilian beach city, it is a cultural, shopping, museum, business hub for South America.
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Brazilian tourism safety tips for travelers and tourists heading to Brazil, specifically Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo for Carneval, the Olympics in Rio de Janierio. Brazil is an amazing country & Wolters World's favorite country to visit, from the amazing natural beauty, fun people and incredible history. But you need to be safe and we give you some basic safety and security tips for visiting Brazil.
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Things NOT To Do in Japan!

Are you planning a trip to Japan? The Japanese are relatively reserved and you probably won’t even realize that you’re offending them unless you follow this quick guide of things NOT to do in Japan.

1. Don’t Wear Shoes in the House
They simply don’t want the dirt from the outside being trekked all over their clean floors and tatami mats.

2. Don’t Forget the Toilet Slippers
The Japanese have a dedicated set of slippers for toilet usage. Every foreigner forgets to remove these at some point.

3. Don’t Expect Western Toilets
If you’re lucky, you may encounter one these Super Toilets. However, many places in Japan still have this. A hole in the ground.

4. Don’t Bathe Dirty
These deep “ofuro” tubs are NOT for cleaning! Get in AFTER you’ve already showered as several people may take a turn in the same hot water.

5. Don't Show Your Tattoos
Tatoos are associated with Yakuza gangsters, so you'll often see no tattoo signs at pools, hotsprings, gyms and resorts.

6. Don’t Misuse Chopsticks
Here are a few chopstick etiquette rules:
Don’t wave them, drum, sword-fight, point at people, poke food, stand upright, pass food, stab food, pull dishes, lick, cross them or lay them like bridge.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Slurp and Burp
Japanese will sip, slurp, and even audibly burp throughout the meal as a polite sign that they are enjoying it!

8. Don’t Pour Your Own Drink
The custom is to keep each OTHERS’ glasses full. It's challenging to keep tabs on how much you’re imbibing when someone else is constantly refilling your glass! Kanpai!

9. Stop Spreading the Germs
If you’re sick in public wear a surgical mask!

10. Don’t Point to Your Chest for “Me”
In Japan the gesture is to point to one’s nose!

11. Avoid the Number Four
Four is a very superstitious number in Japan, akin to unlucky 13. It is pronounced ‘shi’ in Japanese, which has the same sound as their word for death.

12. Don’t Assume Yes means Yes
Although hi translates to “yes”, it's more of a “uhuh, I hear you” kind of utterance. Don’t assume they’ve agreed with what your are saying. Also the Japanese rarely use a precise “no”. They prefer a subtle maybe. or “we’ll try our best”. 'No' is considered too direct and confrontational. Yes and no questions can get very confusing.

Now you know what NOT to do, enjoy your stay in this fascinating country.

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