Rio De Janeiro Brazil


Christiane Furtado

Mom of 2

Age : 13 year old girl and 5 year old boy

Resident for : life, except for stints in the US and Australia

Profession: Chemical Engineer

#1 Travel Tip: Always carry a light sweater in Rio because restaurants, stores, markets, all use air conditioning at its maximum! You don’t want to feel uncomfortable while having fun!

About Rio de Janeiro :

Rio de Janeiro conjures up images of samba, beaches and some of the world’s most beautiful vistas. Although Rio is warm all year around, August and September are the best times to go to avoid unbearably high temperatures. School holidays run from December to February and world-famous carnival is also in February, which is when prices and temperatures are at their peak. In 2016, Rio hosts the Olympic Games in summer.

The Brazilian people are warm and hospitable and no trip to Rio is ever forgettable.

GET TO KNOW Christiane

Tell us about your life growing up in your city.

Rio is a very big city. Brazilians value family a lot. So, growing up in Rio included sunny weekends at the beach and many family encounters.

What do you love most about living in your city?

I really love the beach. I love just passing by or having a day off at the beach with the family. There are many different beaches in Rio. My preferred beach is Barra beach. I believe that beach cities have a more relaxed atmosphere, which I really love!

What’s one Rio-ism/Cultural quirk? For example: in London, no one talks on the tube!

In Rio people are too friendly, so usually when we randomly meet a friend we say we’ll call later to set something up, but that usually does not happen.

Why is traveling important for a family?

A break from daily activities and routines is a blessing!

What’s the hardest thing about traveling with kids?

Getting the kinds up and running in the morning is for me the most difficult part of the day. Once they are in the game they are good companions!

What’s your favorite family travel destination in the world?

Sydney, Australia

What’s on your travel wish list?

Canada by motor home with a stretch to Alaska by Disney Cruise. Second in line is Italy.

What’s one thing you do on every trip that makes traveling with kids easier?

Planning ahead on what are the attractions that the kids will enjoy and mixing them up with adult things makes the trip good for all of us.

Give us one song from your road trip playlist!

Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts