10 Photos: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our “In 10 Photos” essays include tips on exploring destinations, getting travel discounts and redemptions, and always, how to have a great time anywhere for less. Fresh off a 17-day trip to Rio de Janeiro, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman and his son, Kofi Lee-Berman, share their Brazilian adventures in both text and photos.  Sometimes, all the reason you need to…

Tivoli São Paulo Review and Why I Still Dabble with Hotels.com

The first leg of my recent Brazil and Asia trip was to São Paulo for an amFAR event, and I stayed at the boutique, high-design Tivoli São Paulo – Mofarrej in the happening Jardins district. Though the Tivoli isn’t a traditional big-chain or points property, it still provided a great opportunity for me to book through Hotels.com and get…

Favorite Places: SPOT & Skye Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil

For the second installment of our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a couple of hotspots in the huge, stylish city of São Paulo, Brazil. My recent trip there was inspired by amFAR’s Inspiration Gala, but I also managed to squeeze in some local nightlife—a popular restaurant called SPOT, and the ultra-cool Skye Bar at the Hotel…

5 Inspiring Spots for an International Easter

Traveling over the Easter holiday gives you a chance to see a place—quite literally—in its Sunday best. TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel of Italy Explained shares five cities where traditional Easter celebrations are typically geared toward locals rather than tourists, with pomp and circumstance that can make your holiday vacation extra special. Florence When you put “Italy”…

15 Cultural Hotspots To Visit in 2015

2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the art world, with enormous museums, performance and cultural centers opening all over the planet. With that in mind, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has curated (get it?) a list of 15 of the most interesting cultural hotspots that should be on your travel docket this…

Hanging at the Best Beach In the World on Fernando De Noronha and Touring the Rest of the Island

I recently returned from a short trip to Fernando De Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of mainland Brazil, and found this far-flung natural paradise (and UNESCO World Heritage site) a perfect spot for scuba diving and quiet relaxation. I’ve so far shared the adventures of my American Airlines flight to the the…

Flight Review: Azul Airlines Embraer 195 REC-FEN

During my recent trip to Brazil, I flew American Airlines from Miami to the northeastern coastal city of Recife (REC), then caught a connecting flight to one of my dream scuba destinations, the volcanic island chain of Fernando de Noronha (FEN), on low-cost domestic Brazilian carrier, Azul Airlines. This was my first flight on Azul, and I was…

Use Points and Miles to Escape the Wrath of Winter

I hate winter. There, I said it. I’ve lived in the Northeast my entire life and I’ve been putting up with cold, dark winters because I haven’t known any better. However, I’m starting to think that living in a warmer climate during the winter months is something I will need to do at some point…

Tips for Securing a Brazilian Tourist Visa

I’m going to Rio for New Years, so now that I’m done with my international mileage run, it was time to apply for a tourist visa. Brazil requires a touruist visa for all US citizens (in reciprocity for the fee the US charges Brazilians to visit) so my journey to secure a tourist visas had…