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10 Things Every Traveler Must Know Before Going to Brazil This Summer
Experts offer tips for evaluating health concerns and steps for maximizing safety.
Pro tips for navigating the risks before organizing your trip.
To help you navigate the risks of experiencing the games in Rio this summer, we caught up with seasoned experts to pinpoint the top things every traveler must know before heading to Brazil, along with preventive strategies for ensuring comfort and safety.
Know the health risks associated with Zika.
Still, the CDC recommends certain precautions for women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant and men who are planning to visit Brazil and have a pregnant partner. If you are pregnant, the CDC advises not attending the Olympics, and if you fall under one of latter categories, the CDC recommends talking with your health care provider before you go to learn about smart actions you should take to avoid transmission of the virus.
Understand the dangers of dengue and waterborne viruses.
"There is no vaccine or immunization at present for Zika, and there may not be for many years," he says, adding, "The only protection is prevention." He stresses the importance of sporting loosefitting attire and insect repellent at all times, and confirming that your bedroom "is sealed and air-conditioned."
Act soon to land a flight deal.
Don't delay booking accommodations or sports events.
And as far as the Olympics are concerned, popular events are already sold out. However, CoSport still shows tickets for games such as golf and basketball, and it's possible that additional tickets will become available through CoSport or other retailers.
Understand the current climate, and calculate the risks.
And as Foster points out, the International Olympic Committee chose to host the 2016 Games in Rio, signaling the city has a strong infrastructure despite political and economic volatility. "It's really no different from two-thirds of the world," he notes, advising travelers to take advantage of travel with eyes wide open.
Dodge dangerous areas and rely on locals.
Sylvester also suggests using trusted taxis to get around the city. "Take a taxi even for short trips, but never use an unofficial taxi, and be extremely cautious about hailing one on the street. It's best to call a radio taxi (or have the venue you're at call one for you)," he adds.
Familiarize yourself with Brazil's cultural faux pas.
Avoid sporting flashy jewelry.
Remember, showing skin is the norm.
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