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Rio Othon Palace on Copacabana Beach

With only 10 days left in Rio de Janeiro, my apartment was scheduled for renovations so I needed to find a place to crash. Luckily, my friends over at the Rio Othon Palace in Copacabana Beach had an extra room available for me. The hotel is one of the tallest and most well known on the Copacabana strip and was my …

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SUCCESSFUL TRAVEL BLOGGING: MORE THAN JUST A HOBBY

Anyone with an internet connection can start a basic travel blog, and this is fast becoming the go-to method for keeping friends and family up-to-date on your adventures. However, creating a competitive travel blog that amasses a substantial following requires a little more know-how, and considerably more effort. For those who want to turn travel blogging into more than just …

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Scuba Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

A Trip to Remember  If you’ve never tried diving off of the Thai coast, well, you’re missing out on a real treat! If you’re planning to travel to Koh Tao in Thailand, then you’re going to have the trip of a lifetime. Beautiful beaches, welcoming locals and balmy weather make it the perfect island getaway. It’s certainly one of my …

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Beaches & Buggies in Natal Brazil

Natal is my favorite city of the four major northeastern Brazilian cities (Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador), because it seems the cleanest, safest and most visually stimulating them all. While Salvador reigns supreme as the culture capital, Natal is undeniably the epicenter of an endless supply of ridiculously beautiful beaches. If you look at a map of Natal Brazil and the surrounding …

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Gluttony in Gramado

Just a two-hour bus ride from Porto Alegre is the beautiful town of Gramado, Brazil. Thanks to the Portuguese, German and Italian immigrants who settled here in the 1800s, the town’s architecture, food and culture makes you feel like you’ve landed in Europe rather than Brazil. I arrived from Porto Alegre early one morning and decided to indulge myself in …