sawdust carpets in Minas Gerais

Magic Carpets of Minas Gerais

During the Catholic festivals of Easter and Corpus Christi, colonial towns of Minas Gerais decorate the streets in colorful “tapetes de serragem” — carpets of dyed sawdust.

A woman - Vera Martins

Da Boca do Brasileiro (VII)

Vera Martins has lived for years in Morro de São Paulo, a former fishing village turned mega tourist magnet that. She shares a few of the things that made her fall in love with Morro years ago when she arrived from the south of Brazil and found herself unable to leave.

Several skyscrapers jut up dockside and a long bridge goes out over the water.

Excursions from Seoul

Seoul can be a captivating place, but it’s always a good idea to set aside some time for a trip outside the capital if possible. South Korea’s hyper-efficient transport network makes venturing farther afield easy, and there are a number of destinations within a day’s reach of the city that would warrant far longer journeys.

At sunset on the coast, the silhouetted statue of a fisherman hauling in his net.

Visiting Chetumal, Mexico from Belize

An exciting dose of culture shock is an easy 15 miles from Corozal. Chetumal, capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is a relatively modern, midsized city of about 200,000. If you don’t come for the culture, then you must be here to shop in the new American-style mall, or see a first-run film in Chet’s brand new air-conditioned Cineplex, located in the Plaza de las Americas mall.

A brick wall with '406 ft' painted on it in large block letters.

Fun and Cheap: Pittsburgh on a Budget

Operating strictly on a shoestring budget? You’ve come to exactly the right city. Budget living is practically a religion in some quarters of Pittsburgh, where a night on the town can be accomplished for as little as $20, and a day exploring the urban jungle can be had for almost nothing at all.

A woman crosses a hanging rope bridge amidst lush green trees.

The Best of Costa Rica in Two Weeks

Few visitors have time to explore Costa Rica from tip to toe, but this two-week itinerary takes in half a dozen of the best national parks, a potpourri of active adventures, and many of the best sights.

A view of the clear green waters of Lake Peten Itza.

Experiencing Guatemala’s Best on a Budget

Americans are not always aware that Guatemala is one of the best travel values in the world. For a very reasonable price, you can get a whole new perspective in Guatemala, with enough cash left over to treat yourself along the way to some fine restaurants and hotels that would probably cost two or three times as much in the U.S.