16 Hábitos Brasileiros Que Devem Ser Espalhados pelo Mundo

Quando gente de fora pensa do Brasil, pensa das praias lindas…Carnival…música e dança…futebol… Brasil é tudo isso…e muito mais. É um país muito único e diverso, cheio de muitas idiossincrasias culturais que podem parecer estranhas para pessoas de fora. Após passar um pouco mais de um ano morando no Brasil, eu achei que tem alguns hábitosContinue reading “16 Hábitos Brasileiros Que Devem Ser Espalhados pelo Mundo”

What the Guidebooks Won’t Tell You: 10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Rio de Janeiro

Okay, so you’re going to Rio. You’ve read the guidebooks, and you know you’re supposed to see Christo…The Copacabana beaches…Jardim Botanico…Sugar Loaf Mountain…but what else? What do the locals do in Rio? Well, after spending nine months in Rio, I like to think that I became a bit of a local. I saw and did aContinue reading “What the Guidebooks Won’t Tell You: 10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Rio de Janeiro”

Why “Be Yourself” Is Awful Advice

I recently listened to a podcast by my favorite relationship expert, Matthew Hussey. In it, he claimed that “be yourself” is terrible advice. Why? Because “be yourself” is just an excuse to be mediocre. It’s an excuse to keep doing whatever you’ve been doing. It’s an excuse to not take risks. It’s an excuse toContinue reading “Why “Be Yourself” Is Awful Advice”

8 Ways to Meet People While Traveling Solo

Solo travel is exhilarating. It’s liberating. And it’s transformative. But at the same time, it can get pretty lonely. Over the years, I’ve gone on various solo trips and moved to places where I didn’t know a soul. I’ve found that it’s actually easier to meet people when traveling alone than when traveling with people,Continue reading “8 Ways to Meet People While Traveling Solo”

Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

Generally speaking, people who travel a lot tend to be pretty open-minded. They tend to be curious and have a strong, innate desire to learn and grow. They tend to have a growth mindset. Someone with a growth mindset embraces failure and sees it as an opportunity to grow and improve. They embrace challenge andContinue reading “Do You Have a Growth Mindset?”

Spending a Day in Tossa de Mar & Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

Barcelona is a pretty amazing city. But one of the best things about living in Barcelona is being able to venture out of the city from time to time and explore the magnificent coastline. Costa Brava is a region on the coast of Catalonia in northern Spain. It’s well known for its beautiful beaches andContinue reading “Spending a Day in Tossa de Mar & Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava”

Why You’ll Only Regret The Things You Don’t Do And Never The Things You’ve Done

After college, when the majority of my friends and classmates were entering the “real” world with “real” jobs lined up, I packed my bags (well, overpacked them!) and moved to Toulouse, France to teach English for the year. Even though I was going alone and didn’t know a single person in the city where I’dContinue reading “Why You’ll Only Regret The Things You Don’t Do And Never The Things You’ve Done”

How to Speak Portuguese Like a Carioca

In order to really blend in with the locals in Brazil, you can’t just learn textbook Portuguese (Unless of course you don’t mind sounding like a gringo…But who wants that?!).  The best way to learn any language (including Portuguese) is by speaking with locals. It’s by learning the colloquial speech and gíria (slang)…the way that people really talk.  Cariocas (people from Rio)Continue reading “How to Speak Portuguese Like a Carioca”

26 Habits You’ll Pick Up While Living in Brazil

When many people think of Brazil, they think of beautiful, pristine beaches…carnival…festive music and dance…fútebol… Brazil is all of that…and so much more. It’s an incredibly diverse and unique country filled with many cultural idiosyncrasies that might seem strange to outsiders. After spending just over a year living in Brazil, I’ve found that there areContinue reading “26 Habits You’ll Pick Up While Living in Brazil”