Staying Safe in the Waters of Aruba

Make your stay in the Caribbean an enjoyable one! Rosalie Klein offers some safety tips for dipping a toe into the waters of Aruba, whether you plan to be swimming in a designated area, relaxing on a lightweight float, or snorkeling in the shallows.

Driving to Puerto Vallarta from the United States

If you’re adventurous and like going to out-of-the-way places, but you still want to have all the comforts of home, you may enjoy driving your own car or RV to Puerto Vallarta. Author Justin Henderson covers the essentials for motoring in Mexico: routes, fuel costs, car repair, insurance, and various safety tips.

LGBT Life in Brazil

Many gay and lesbian foreigners associate Brazil with images of transvestites, Carnaval drag queens, and the muscle boys of Ipanema and allow themselves to think that Brazil is a very gay-friendly place. In reality, it is and it isn’t. Living abroad expert Michael Sommers discusses Brazilian cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals.

Planning a Move to Brazil: Fact-Finding

If you’re thinking about moving to Brazil, it’s wise to spend some time getting a sense of the country and the culture, not to mention housing and job possibilities, before you go ahead and take the plunge. Brazil expert Michael Sommers helps you plan an essential fact-finding trip.

What advice would you give female travelers to India?

Dress modestly and be wary of your behavior with men. In certain circles, especially in big cities, women sometimes hug their male friends, but this is more the exception than the norm in India. Short skirts and cleavage-bearing tops are perfectly fine in most Delhi nightclubs but are inappropriate in Rajasthan. Finally, be very careful after dark and don’t be afraid to tell someone off if he or she is behaving in a way that makes you uncomfortable.

—Margot Bigg