Brazil’s Homegrown Tourism Boom

While prices for food, accommodations, and transportation have risen considerably in Brazil, at the same time, the emergence of a new lower-middle class with more disposable income has resulted in an unprecedented number of Brazilians traveling, both abroad and at home.

Enter to Win a $500 Continental Airlines Gift Card from Moon

To celebrate the release of the new edition of our popular Moon Costa Rica guidebook by Costa Rica travel expert Christopher P. Baker, Moon Travel Guides is giving away a $500 Continental Airlines gift card to one lucky winner. Two runners-up will receive a copy of Moon Costa Rica.

For a chance to win, simply visit our giveaway page and submit your entry. Only one entry per person is allowed. The name of the winner will be announced on the Moon Staff Blog and the Moon Facebook and Twitter pages on or after Dec. 15th 2011. Employees of the Perseus Books Group, the parent company of Avalon Travel & Moon Travel Guides, are not eligible to win.

We look forward to helping to send you on your way to beautiful Costa Rica. For in-depth Costa Rica travel ideas and trip information, visit our Costa Rica travel page or the Moon Costa Rica book page.

Best of luck!

The 21-Day Best of Brazil

Three weeks is probably the minimum amount of time required to get a quick sampling of some of Brazil’s most noteworthy attractions, landscapes, and cultures. Considering the country’s sheer size and diversity, and the distances and travel time involved, this itinerary is very selective. After all, the goal is to enjoy your time, not to exhaust yourself, and many of Brazil’s destinations involve some sort of relaxation.

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.

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.