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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cheap Flight to Brazil

If you’re flying from the US, there are many direct flights you can take from different departures for example Miami or Atlanta. Miami is usually the cheapest airport to fly from attributed to the fact that there are so many Brazilian immigrants living within the Miami area. In fact a little tip here is to search online for travel agencies in the State of Florida (most are in Miami anyway) as they often have good deals on flying to Brazil.

For Canadians however it’s a little bit more difficult because Canadians can only fly directly from Toronto. A cheap flying tip here is to investigate the possibility to fly to an American city that has a Brazil connection.

For Europeans it is much easier to find cheap flights to Brazil, as there are many cities to fly out of , on often direct flights. Further, for European travelers, Lisbon is the best choice because there are more flights to Brazil from the Portuguese capital than anywhere else, and it is often cheaper flying from another European City to Lisbon for a connecting flight to Brazil.

One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is the charter flight option to Brazil as these offer some really cheap flights to Brazil that should be taken advantage of. A tip here is to consider flying to to cities other than Rio or Sao Paulo.

If you really do some research you’re going to find there are many variations of cheap flights to Brazil and the secret is always to do your research and not just settle for the first deal that comes your way. If possible, try to keep yourself flexible as to time and once again going in the off seasons means you’re going to find that you are going to get substantial savings.

Tricks Taking Good Passport Photo

Daylight is best

The best time to take the passport photo is in the day when there is a lot of natural light. Stand somewhere that gives plenty of natural light to avoid shadows on the background or face. It is important to use flat lighting to minimize the risk of a photo being rejected due to shadows.

Facial expression

Take the photos while holding a natural, relaxed facial expression. Make sure to avoid blinking, smiling, or any other expressions. Use the camera’s self-timer and take several snaps and choose the one that is most appropriate.

Plan what to wear

It helps to keep it professional and wear a collared shirt or blouse. Try to avoid the loose-fitting clothes that don’t give the best look in photographs. A light-colored shirt is great for those with dark hair, while a dark top is practical for light hair. Also, it may be practical to groom yourself. Get the hair cut if necessary and wear neutral make up to stop a photo looking unflattering and garish.

Your surroundings

It is essential to have neutral surroundings when taking the passport photo. A light-colored background is the preferred option. Avoid dark or bright colors for your surroundings. For instance, a red background can create a luminescence effect that is likely to reflect back onto you. Try to recreate something similar to a photo booth with the clean and light background.

Use passport photo software

The passport photo software makes it really easy to click and select a preferred picture and have it printed out in a matter of minutes. The actual photo can be taken using a digital camera with a timer feature, or have a family member take the appropriate picture. The software gives the option to edit, crop or rotate the image to match the exact criteria of the passport. However, it is essential to avoid any post production that manipulates your appearance because this will likely mean the photo gets rejected.

Around the World for Free

It’s not as hard as you think. It’s not a new gimmick or a product you need to buy into. It’s not illegal and it does not require you to work very hard. In fact, it’s something everyone has already heard about and even participated in. It’s called frequent flyer miles.

That’s right. It’s those amazing loyalty programs like Air Canada’s Aeroplan rewards, American Express Rewards, Air Miles, and all the other great programs available from American Airlines, U.S. Airways, British Airways, Air Asia, Alaska Air, and other great airlines.

Right about now, your probably thinking of closing this article. You might be thinking about your current Aeroplan or Air Mile status and wondering how you would ever earn enough for a trip. Maybe it’s been years since you enrolled and you still haven’t earned enough for a single free flight. Or maybe you have never heard about travel points and this is all new!

All I can say is that over the last 10 months, I have earned over 100,000 Aeroplan points, 27,000 Alaska Airline points, 2000 Air Miles, and many other rewards without flying.

How? By taking a little bit of time to learn about numerous tactics and then putting in the small amount of effort required to find out various promotional deals available across the Internet.

Sometimes it’s just registering my email. Sometimes it’s just signing up for a reward card. Sometimes its liking a Facebook page. I also research the best FREE credit cards available that offer amazing points. I don’t spend extra money and I only spend about 1 hour a month signing up for different deals.

I didn’t believe it would work at first. I had Aeroplan and Air Miles for years and barely had enough points for a gift card. Then, after employing the strategies I learned, I find myself with enough points for 5 round-trip flights within North America for just 8-10 hours of work over 10 months. Awesome deal right?

That’s really all there is to it.

  1. Learn about the various strategies for earning miles.
  2. Spend 1 hour each month applying for all the deals.
  3. Have a travel goal in mind to keep you excited.
  4. Sign up for all sorts of travel reward cards like Aeroplan and Air Miles.
  5. Acquire the points and fly around the world for free (Flight is free but taxes are not)

I really hope I have inspired you to start earning travel points to pay for your next vacation. Once you get your head around these sorts of deals, it doesn’t stop there. Next is finding free or deeply discounted accommodation, meals, and other important tips on saving money and having the time of your life.

Camping Trip

Then, why not fly to Cancun for the next leg of your round the world trip. Here, join a new group and camp all along the Ruta Maya. Some of the highlights include the Mayan ruins at Palenque, the bohemian mountain village of San Cristobal, famous for its Zapatista movement, and the temples of Tikal, deep in the jungles of Guatemala, not to mention the postcard-perfect beaches of Tulum. The trip will bring you back around to Cancun, where you can have a brief rest before continuing to travel around the world.

Next, you can continue travelling around the world with a few months in South America on a camping trip from Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. In Ecuador, you can explore the dense Amazon Jungle and cycle down volcanoes, in Peru you can follow the footsteps of the Incas on the Inca Trail and hike to Macchu Picchu, and in Bolivia you can stay overnight with local Indians and experience the vastness of the uninhabited Salt Flats of Uyuni. Finally, the South American part of your round the world trip ends in the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago de Chile.

After this, the next logical stop on your round the world trip is New Zealand, where you can take a hop on hop off bus tour, camping as you go. You can follow this with Australia, and see the very best that Eastern and Central Australia has to offer from Sydney to Moreton Island, the Great Barrier Reef and the Northern Rainforests. Travel through the open Savannah country, then up to the tropical Darwin and the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Spend time learning some of the aboriginal ancient ways, head South to Alice Springs, hike Kings Canyon then marvel at the enormity of Ayers Rock and the awe inspiring Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Once you’ve explored the Land Down Under, you can continue your round the world trip to Africa, travelling all the way up from Cape Town to Nairobi during an epic overland adventure. On a trip like this, you’ll see incredible landscapes, culture and wildlife you could imagine. From the tropical coast of Zanzibar to the austere Skeleton Coast, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Etosha National Parks to Victoria Falls and Swakopmund.