When traveling out of the United States, it is important to be aware of some differences in that foreign country from culture in the United States. It is also important to be aware of some things about a foreign culture before traveling so as to lessen the culture shock that may occur. For example, in Brazil, it is important to keep any grocery or store bought items in paper sacks and any personal bags close to you for security. For this article, the tips will be focused on travel to Brazil. The tips listed include what to expect in the country and how to prepare for the vacation or business trip to the country:
1. The most important thing to know about Brazil is that it is very hot. No matter what time of year you go, it will always be very humid because it is considered a tropical climate since it is near the equator. Pack clothes accordingly and be ready to change if you get too hot walking around at night or during the day in the hot sun.
2. The second thing people usually want to know about is crime. Of course, in the big cities there will probably be pick-pickets, so it is important for people to keep their wallets out of their pockets and either in a money belt (clipped around the waist and under the clothes) or in a money pouch worn under the clothes, but around the neck. Also, it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and do not go anywhere where there seem to be only a few people. Teenagers and young adults who are dependent on drugs get good money from drug dealers for stealing from tourists, so it is really best to stay on the main roads or near people, especially at night.
3. The language barrier in the big cities should not be too much of a problem. Most business people speak at least a little English, but when in doubt just point and most Brazilians will be eager to try to help you. It might be a good idea to know a few phrases in Brazilian Portuguese to show that you respect their language and that you are trying to speak in their native language. Doing this will get you much better service and usually a good reaction from people who are trying to help you.
4. As of now, the dollar is up on the Real by 2:1, so U.S. Dollars will take you a pretty long way in Brazil. It best to do any kind of money exchange at an actual bank, so you know they are credible. Also, people at a bank will usually be able to speak a little English and may be better able to help if you have any problems. Also, in Brazil, banks are usually the best place to get the best exchange rate, since they give very close to market value on the transaction.
Brazil is an excellent place for people to visit because it has the charm of both a tropical island feel (on the coast) as well as large city feel all in one. Following these tips and guidelines will help you make the most out of your trip to Brazil.
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