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August 11, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRAZIL RESORTS From LAX, Copa, US Airways, United, American, LATAM and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rio de Janeiro. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $991, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Skip the countless visa brokers you'll find online and go directly to the Brazilian Consulate website ( - an excellent place to test your ability to follow directions and where you can make a visa appointment as well as free yourself of that extra $160 (no cash; U.S. Postal Service money orders only)
May 19, 2012 | By Peter Delevett
SAN JOSE — Wondering where to go on vacation this year, and what to do? A growing number of "social travel" start-ups offer alternatives to the trusty, dusty guidebook. Sites like Twigmore and Triptrotting help you troll your social networks for friends who have friends in new places, then hit those people up for advice from a local's perspective — or arrange meet-ups when you get there. Another new site, Trippy, helps you keep track of all those interesting places you've come across on the Web while researching travel destinations.
November 13, 2011
I appreciated "Not on Board" by Catharine Hamm [On the Spot, Nov. 6] about smartcard credit cards. I am one of those European Union travelers who wrote letters to credit card companies. At best, not having a smartcard is awkward for travelers from the U.S. At worst, it is dangerous being caught in a foreign country with no cash. I travel to the EU a few times a year for extended stays. The situation is getting worse. More and more, places are shaking their fingers at my American Express, and ATMs are accepting European Union cards.
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