The Road to Brazil

Planning a Trip to Brazil for the World Cup

Planning a Trip to Brazil for the World Cup 2014 (Rio de Janairo Panarama photo via

State your goals and you will be held accountable for them. Work hard enough and the universe will help you accomplish them. 

I write this post with a sense of nervousness and excitement. The next chapter for T2T is on the horizon, yet the path is still unknown.

I will move to Brazil, learn the language and culture, attend the FIFA World Cup and travel the country in 2014.

This is my next big dream plan.

As for the HOW portion of all this… that planning starts now! I currently have zero contacts in Brazil and very little knowledge of the language or country.

Just the way I like it!

I’ve decided to open up about the process of moving abroad in hopes of educating and inspiring others who are looking to make a similar leap within their own lives.

The procedure can be very intimidating and overwhelming, and the fear of uncertainty appears in the form of excuses and doubts.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

I wrote a great deal about moving to Argentina when I first started this blog, but I haven’t talked much about travel planning since that maiden voyage.

Thankfully, there are a lot more eyeballs following along on my current adventures than there were four years ago, so I decided it was time to revisit the process.

I don’t want everything planned out because that just wouldn’t be my style, but there are some necessary arrangements I need to setup before arriving. In Brazil.

1. Dates/Logistics – A U.S. citizen tourist visa to Brazil is good for 90-days with the opportunity for an extension of a maximum of 190 days over a 12-month period. My initial thought is to go down in January and stay until August (8 months), so I would need to look into obtaining a temporary residence visa or work visa to make this happen. Also, is Living in Rio de Janeiro the best place in Brazil?

2. Money – This is the most important aspect of the planning process. In order to obtain the extended visa I believe will need to align myself with a particular organization to help me through the paperwork. Also, Brazil is getting very expensive and I want to make sure I am profiting (not just breaking even) while in the country.

3. Partnerships – Hopefully, this will go hand-in-hand with income. My goal is to develop partnerships with international travel and tourism organizations that want to align their brands with T2T, Brazil Tourism and the World Cup. There are a few organizations that I believe will be a great fit for this adventure and I will be pitching them in the coming weeks.

4. Housing – Although I usually wait until I arrive in a country before I setup an apartment, living in Brazil is more expensive than Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala, so I might need to plan ahead on this.

5. Vaccinations – Make sure I have all recommended vaccinations as outlined here.

Everything else will figure itself out, right?

Over the next two and a half months, I will write about the process of moving to Brazil and will be taking a few of short trips in the meantime to keep the travel videos, photos and stories coming your way.

If anyway has good leads on possible partnerships, housing or good contacts in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro in particular), PLEASE CONTACT ME.

Otherwise, Let’s see what happens…

Planning a Trip to Brazil for the World Cup

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25 Responses to The Road to Brazil

  1. Brazil seems to be great destination and it’s not very hackneyed yet. I hope to be there soon!
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  2. Marcelo (the wandering trader) has some good contacts in the country: you should talk to him about it.

    I’m thinking of going to the World Cup as well…so it seems like I’m crashing at your place, for sure! haha ;D
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  3. So jealous! We really wanted to do the WC but were a bit daunted by the costs. Looking forward to your posts!

    • Gareth

      I know Andrea it can be pretty expensive. That’s why I got here early to see what I could work out… we’ll see what happens I guess!

  4. That’s the best kind of traveling. We are starting in a place where we know the language to get the hang of the ropes but soon we will be in very foreign places, it should be interesting at the least =)
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  5. This all sounds like a marvelous plan. I look forward to following your adventures.

  6. Can’t wait to get back on the road. We are going back to our home town and will stop traveling for three days, and its nice to reflect on these things. We have been doing this for four months, you guys for four years. How much more are the reflections right? Awesome job! You guys are inspiring us to keep going forward!
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  7. Wow, this is very inspiring. I’m interested in your plan for learning Portuguese. Knowing how to communicate can have an immense impact on your stay! It’s all about finding what method works best for you.

  8. Brazil one the beautiful places… your plan of visiting there is great.
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  9. Very nice write up, I love Brazil it is one the best place to visit.

  10. Ellie

    Nice details,looking forward to visiting Brazil and planning to study next year.

  11. Never been a better time to go to Brazil – right timing for the world cup!

  12. India

    Oh my. This is just beautiful. Brazil is a place to be.

  13. Seems like a fun 2014 for you, in Brazil.

  14. Best of luck with the trip and the world cup will be brilliant. I hear bureaucracy of the country is lengthy if you decide to extend your stay.
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  15. Nancy D

    Wow!! Amazing image its seems like a heaven. Such natural delights. I will surely plan my upcoming vacation to this place.

  16. Brazil is really a nice place to visit.
    It is my favorite place. Just an Awesome place for holidays.

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