A bump in the road

It pains me to admit it, but I’m a flaky person.

As mentioned so many times before, I intend to make Brazil the first stop of my travel adventures. Only a few months ago, I was eagerly touting an adventure-packed Brazilian Spring Break this March/April; however, it looks like that’s not going to happen.

Now that’s not to say I’m dropping the whole idea — mark my words, I will have been to Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon by year’s end — it’s just that I’ve had to take a step back and realistically evaluate this trip. Money, documentation, itinerary and work schedule have all been contributing factors to this postponement, and that’s okay. I’d rather be comfortable and confident before I get there rather than scrambling and panicking throughout my visit.

So here’s the new game plan: I am going to Brazil later this year. And just so we’re clear and I have a goal to work toward, I am going to Brazil either the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October (although, if there are cheaper departing flights just outside of that timeframe I am willing to be flexible). I plan to be there for a minimum of two weeks and it’s my goal to visit both Rio and the Amazon.

With this new goal in mind, I think I can comfortably get all my local affairs in order before I leave.

Here’s what’s left to be done (ordered so that I have guidelines to follow):
• set a nearly complete itinerary and figure out rough prices (dates, flights, accommodations, food, sights/attractions/etc.) — to be completed by April/May.
• book flights/accommodations — tbc: June/July
• apply for my travel visa — tbc: July
• GO! — tbc: September/October.

My main concern is the travel visa. This being my first trip abroad, I have no idea how to get one or what the process is like. I heard it can take awhile and I want to make sure I have everything squared away before September. I guess I better start researching that ASAP, as in this week.

All the while, I’ll be saving as much money as I can. Which makes me think that I need to revisit my post about budgeting for this trip. I’ve started to pick up some freelance work, but shame on me, I haven’t been using that money for the greater purpose of travel. To date, I think I have about enough for the roundtrip plane ticket itself.

There we have it. I’m sad to say I won’t be going as soon as I had hoped, but from my research, September/October is one of the better times to go (outside of Carnival, of course). The weather will be nice both at the beach and in the jungle and there will be less crowds, which means it should be more affordable, right?

Despite this bump, the journey is still on. Traveling is on my heart; Brazil is on my mind.


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