“How to Stay Safe when Visiting Brazil”

Intended for WorldCup Travelers, but I feel like the tips would be good for students interested in studying in Brazil as well.**DB

How to Stay Safe when Visiting Brazil

 by Christy Karras via “Yahoo!Travel”

#WorldCup: How to Stay Safe when Visiting Brazil

You can reduce your risk of crime in Brazil if you avoid dodgy areas. (Photo: AP Images)

The news coming out of Brazil ahead of the World Cup is giving me whiplash. I hear that Brazilians are friendly, warm and gracious … but then come warnings about kidnappings, purse snatchings and carjackings. As I prepare for my own World Cup trip, I’m learning that both stories are completely true.

Many foreign countries’ crime rates are lower than those in the U.S., but Brazil is not one of them. According to the U.S. State Department’s website, “Brazil’s murder rate is more than four times higher than that of the United States, and rates for other crimes are similarly high.” Yikes.

The short truth: Tourists in Brazil are sometimes crime victims. But chances are higher if you’re not prepared. Here’s how to reduce your risk of becoming a statistic.

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(Photo: AP Images)

Plan ahead

This is not the time for seat-of-the-pants travel. Make plans and contingency plans, and educate everyone in your group about where you’ll be, how you’ll get there and what you’ll do there. “Don’t just wing it. That’s when you get in trouble,” Clay Adler, a Division Chief in the Office of American Citizens Services at the U.S. State Department, told Yahoo Travel. . . . .

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