Michael approached me a year ago about going to Brazil as a solo traveler.
When I asked him why he wanted to travel to Brazil he responded, “I have always wanted to go somewhere in South America. I decided on Brazil because it looked like I would be able to experience beaches, mountains, sightseeing and city life all in one place.”
Michael played a very active role in choosing his accommodations and the local guides that took him around the city of Rio de Janeiro and the beachtown of Paraty. Since he was planning a very active vacation, he also chose to purchase a travel insurance plan that covered a variety of medical and/or dental emergency situations.
We kept in contact while he was traveling (did I mention he was traveling for a month??).
I don’t normally “check-in” on my clients while they are traveling, but since Michael was going to be traveling for such a long time I wanted to maintain some contact in case there was an emergency.
We had short conversations here and there; he was having a great time!!
After he returned, I asked him a few questions about his experiences:
What was your favorite experience? “It’s hard to pick just one. However, taking the cable cars up to Sugarloaf Mountain was amazing. Once you reach the top, you have an amazing view of the ocean and the entire city of Rio de Janeiro.”
What was the one thing that surprised you most? “The thing that surprised me the most was the safety situation. Some things I read before I left sensationalized the lack of security. By using common sense and asking locals and guides for advice, no one I encountered had any problems with crime while traveling.”
Describe your experience as a solo traveler…. “I was able to quickly meet other tourists from Brazil, Germany, England ,etc. Additionally, it was very easy to meet people on tours. So, while I did pretty consistently have the option of being with other people, I appreciated the option of being by myself.”
Michael plans on returning to Brazil again to visit other cities, and now his friends want to return with him!