I haven't been planning this long at all. Brazil was on my long list of places I want to go to, but I had other things in mind for this year.
I'll be going to Rio de Janeiro, and staying for seven almost full days.
I do know Brazil can be very dangerous. Yes, a lot of places have a lot of crime, including the city in which I live. However Brazil is not only a foreign country but, from what I understand, one that can be extremely dangerous.
The above fact is the reason why I decided to go on this trip at this time. I'm going with my friend (yes, friend) Jeff, who's been to Brazil three times, two of which have been to Rio. (Not to mention China ten times, so he's very well traveled.) He speaks Portuguese, has friends in Rio, and is large in stature. If I'm going to go to Rio at some point in my life I don't think another opportunity will come up that will make me feel as safe as this.
We may have another one or two people come with us, depending on their availability.
There are three fortunes I've saved in my life; one says, "Don't be afraid to take a chance when the opportunity of a lifetime appears." (My motto for life.) The other says, "You will step on the soil of many countries." Sooooo, I think I need to take these trips when I can, ya know? (And the other fortune, if you're wondering, is, "This year your highest priority will be your family.")