Travel is evolving. We crave vacations that invite active involvement. These are not experiences for spectators, but experiences to take home with you, with lessons and stories that stay with you long after the tan has faded and the suitcase unpacked. To show you what’s possible, in cooperation with Charles Schwab, we’ve curated a series of ‘Life Lesson’ travelogues that are designed to leave you enriched, invigorated, rewarded and relaxed. You can uncover a world where every destination has a secret waiting to be told, a specialty waiting to be savored, and an adventure waiting to transform your life forever.
Let us introduce Brazil, a land that lives by its own unique beat. You might expect to be seduced by the samba and carnival, but if you delve a little deeper, you can discover the essence of Brazil that will have you heading home after your vacation with a lot more than mementos.
As you find yourself in Rio, standing at the feet of Christ the Redeemer, your blood will flow to the tireless rhythm of the myriad of worlds below. Let the energy feed you. The barrios (the local neighborhoods), the narrow streets with their animated locals can give you an insider’s view of Brazil, with all the flamboyance, warmth and hospitality that its people are known for. You’ll rediscover that there’s more to life than work and deadlines. It’s a life money can’t buy.
Nature shares the passion of Brazilians, the endless stretches of untouched coastline painted with palm trees, white sand, and sleepy fishing villages are mesmerizing and unforgettable. Here you can learn the skill of Capoeira, Brazil’s unique martial art. A mixture of dance, music and acrobatics, Capoeira will enhance your discipline and feed your body’s natural passion for movement. With the sand as a silky anchor for your feet practicing and honing your moves under the setting sun, you can pick up the sweeps, kicks, flips, and sharpness of thought that are all part of the Capoeira philosophy. Learn the grace and purposeful communication that is so central to this art. Follow the lessons and you’ll be a master for a lifetime.
With this new skill return from your vacation knowing that there is now a bit of Brazil with you forever. You have adopted a talent that speaks to hundreds of years of Brazilian culture, and the lessons will reward you long after you have returned from this incredible land.