For the 2014 World Cup but for travellers to Brazil, everyone is a winner, writes Michael Visontay.
In the nation's music capital, Ute Junker uncovers her Brazilian side.
Ute Junker Take a room at a palace where Marlene Dietrich, Orson Welles and Princess Diana all stayed.
Think small and look for small delights in big cities, writes Lance Richardson .
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions of people in raucous celebrations.
Revelers participate in the traditional 28th Bloco da Lama (mud block) carnival in on March 1, 2014 Parati, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
It's a continent that can be intimidating and other-worldly, but it's never, ever dull, writes Steve McKenna.
Distant shores continue to beckon, but they may cost more in 2011.