When Lightning Strikes

Forget floods and mudslides. What most people don’t know about Brazil is that it’s the country where you’re most likely to be zapped by lightning.

Safety Issues: How Safe is Brazil?

As someone who lives in Brazil, and writes about Brazil, one of the most frequent questions Michael Sommers gets from non-Brazilians is about the safety of the country. The honest answer is that security is an issue, but there are also many precautions that can be taken to avoid crime.

Summer of Scam: Beware of Card Cloning

One day in December, Michael Sommers logged on to his Citibank account and was shocked to discover that he had $3 in his checking account and $9 in his savings account. His heart racing, he checked his account activity and saw that there had been six withdrawals, over two days, from a Banco do Brasil, during which all of his money had been extracted. And then it hit him: his card had been cloned.

Helpful Advice from the “Pickpocket King”

Given such desperate times, skillful pickpockets can come in all shapes and sizes, from small, nimble children to beautiful, distracting women. So, whether you’re embarking on a business trip, a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a solo escape, or an excursion with friends, check out these vital tips from a pickpocketing expert.

Advice for Kayakers and Canoeists

Paddling along the country’s lakes, rivers, bayous, and coastlines can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be dangerous if you’re ill-prepared. High winds and waves, for instance, can make paddling conditions rather challenging, even for veteran paddlers. Laura provides tips and resources for folks looking to hit the water.