Wondering what sort of odd coding appears above? These are the emergency numbers for each of the countries I have visited in the past 5 years. If you’re planning to attend the Olympic games this summer, do you know the emergency numbers in Brazil?
When we were traveling around the world for 11 months, to 30 different countries, we of course tried to be safe wherever we were. We made sure to register with the State Department while traveling, we carried antibiotics with us, we had google translate to help us navigate language issues, and we had two kinds of travel insurance to cover us in case of injury. But we didn’t always know what we would do in case there was an immediate emergency – robbery, fire, accident, theft.
It wasn’t until we were several months into our trip that I realized that each country had a different emergency phone number to call. 911 is burned into our American brains as the emergency number, but do you know what it is in Europe? Now I do: it’s 112. Mostly. But if you’re in Turkey, while the ambulance number is 112, the fire department is 110, and the police number is 155. How on earth are you supposed to remember all that if you’re only there for a week?
Travel App Gives You Vital Information Wherever You Go
Allianz Global Assistance has launched its new TravelSmart Mobile App featuring real-time flight status, a medication dictionary, a translation tool for first aid terms, local emergency numbers for each country, an international hospital search tool, insurance policy management and a click to call hotline. Many of the included tools will work without an internet connection, which is nice in case you don’t have data service on your phone while traveling.
The tool for translating first aid terms is brilliant and essential and I can’t believe we didn’t have such a thing when we were traveling. We were stuck, so to speak, in China, and one of us was suffering from constipation. We went to the pharmacy to find a laxative, using Google translate, drawings, and performance art that I wish I had on camera, but still managed to come back with an anti-diarrheal, which was of course the exact opposite of what we needed. With the TravelSmart Mobile App, basic symptoms can be translated at the touch of a button on the screen.
There’s a medication dictionary, so that you can find local names for the medications you use at home. I wish that the foreign names were included as well for reverse lookup, so if I came across Paracetamol in Australia I could look it up and find out it is the same as Acetaminophen, but perhaps that will be included in a future update. Another handy feature is a place to store photos of your medications and prescriptions for reference on the road.
An international hospital finder allows a quick search for Allianz-approved hospitals nearby. This tool is designed to help when you are on the road and not for advance planning, and it seems to work best with GPS, as the search function did not turn up any results when I searched for “Brazil” and “Rio de Janiero,” but it did show me the closest approved hospitals to my house.
The click to call button is a nice feature, giving Allianz customers immediate access to either medical assistance or customer service from the US or overseas.
For a look at the app in action, check out brand ambassador Lee Abbamonte using the app in this video.
Overall, this is a handy app to have installed when you travel, even if you do not have an Allianz policy in place.
So, the Emergency Numbers in Brazil Are…
And by the way, the emergency numbers in Brazil are 192 for ambulance, 190 for police, and 193 for fire. Let’s hope you don’t have to use them.
Thanks to Allianz for sponsoring this post, providing travel coverage for the unexpected. All Over the Map received financial compensation from Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company).
Over the past ten days we’ve had rain, fog, dangerously cold temperatures, snow, freezing rain, and minor flooding, with about three hours of sunshine. It’s bleak. And we are dreaming of escapes. Vero laid out some pretty impressive ground rules the other day when she posted her fantasy travel destinations for the year, and I am ready to step up to the challenge.
To review: 1) pick three trips; 2) one trip has to be sans kids; 3) one trip must include time travel; and do I even need to say it? 4) money is no object. Here we go!
First fantasy: to take the family to JazzFest in New Orleans. Since we’ve now been to more countries than we have U.S. states, we’ve been thinking more about our inevitable family cross-country U.S.A. road trip. John and I had a great swing through the American South early in our relationship, and New Orleans was, of course, a highlight. The food, the weather (I’m a sucker for hot, sticky weather), the people, the culture – we felt like we were sinking into a very comfy old chair there. And every year, New Orleans puts on a huge celebration of its musical heritage all over town with JazzFest. Yes, I’m sure it was better when it was smaller and it’s too big and commercial and we should have gone way back when, but just to be enveloped in the sounds of Louisiana for four days (with a little Vampire Weekend thrown in for fun) and throwing cares to the warm Gulf winds sounds pretty heavenly right now.
For my romantic getaway with my sweet husband: camping by the beach. We’ve had some of our most memorable moments, good and bad, camped out in the sand, from Ocracoke, North Carolina to Opotiki in New Zealand, there is something magical in those sea breezes. But I may have to redefine “camping” for this next fantasy adventure, and instead revisit the site of our honeymoon in Jamaica’s southern shores. Back then we stayed at Jake’s, but I think this time I’d like to try a rental house owned by a friend of a friend. Whenever I’m cursing the grey winters here, I turn to this website to fantasize about waking up to fresh fruit juice on the patio in Treasure Beach.
For my time travel adventure: I would love to follow my 1961 edition of Pan American’s New Horizons World Guide to see the swinging 60s in Rome, London, and Rio. Maybe I would be a flight attendant, or stewardess, as they were properly called back then. In a blue fitted suit with matching pillbox hat and white gogo boots, I would flirt with the businessmen bringing the future to our suburban homes, and then hop on a Vespa and explore the city on my own.
I should note that there are no sponsored links in this post. Just places we would love to go!
Brazil has often been seen as a “grown-up” destination and it’s probably fair enough to say that you might not take your six-year-old with you to the Rio Carnival. Thousands of Brazilians do, of course, but it’s safe to say the whole experience might be a little overwhelming if it’s not something you’re used to: and that’s just for the adults! However, there’s a lot more to Brazil than Carnival, and provision for kids in hotels and restaurants is surprisingly good. The 2016 Rio Olympics and 2014 Soccer World Cup are the sort of events that Brazilians are hoping will bring this to the attention of families outside the country, and hopefully show the country to the world in a more family-friendly light.
So if you were going to take a family trip to Brazil, where might you like to consider that’s going to offer plenty for you and the kids? Well, first on my personal list would be the fabulous Iguazu Falls. On seeing these immense waterfalls framed by tropical jungle, Eleanor Roosevelt’s first reported comment was “Poor Niagara!” and most people certainly have their breath taken away by the sheer scale and power of the falls. It’s fantastic enough as an adult, but children are often especially impressed by this display of nature’s raw power. The falls form part of the border between Brazil and Argentina, and it’s worth allowing some time to visit both sides of the falls – the Argentinian side has walkways which let you get really close to the falls, while the Brazilian side offers some stunning panoramic views which give even the most amateurish photographer the chance for perfect photos. A firm family favourite on the Brazilian side is the “Macuco Safari” which takes you on a short hike through the rainforest down to the river Iguazu where you and the kids board inflatable speedboats that take you along the river to the very base of the falls so you can dash in and out of the spray.
Another location that’s always a favourite for both adults and children is the Pantanal. This enormous area of wetlands – about twenty times the size of the Everglades, or roughly the size of France – is one of the world’s great biodiversity hotspots and if any members of your family are animal-lovers then there is nowhere better (not even the Amazon) for spotting wildlife, from a bewildering variety of birds to the elusive jaguars. Partly this is because the Pantanal is even more diverse than the Amazon basin, but also because the nature of the terrain lends itself to actually seeing the animals properly. Obviously inside a rainforest light levels are low and most animals live in the thick tree canopies, whereas the more open terrain of the Pantanal allows much greater, almost safari-style, visibility. One of the real joys here is that most accommodation is in small family-run pousadas, which are often in former ranches. The atmosphere is usually very informal, and as well as the obvious hikes and boat trips, you can often enjoy horse-riding, swimming and snorkelling in the clear, warm waters.
All this is without even considering the miles and miles of stunning coastline which Brazil has to offer. From the surfing capital of Florianopolis in the south, to the vast sweeps of golden sands in the north, Brazil is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world. If you’d like self-contained resort hotels with purpose-built facilities then you have plenty to choose from, but my pick would be the little town of Paraty. Lying between Rio and Sao Paulo, Paraty was built in colonial times and still has the charming architecture of grand houses and small cobbled streets but today they are lined with galleries, restaurants and little cafes which are just perfect for sitting back with a nice Brazilian coffee – or an ice-cream, of course. In the area around the town the coastline is dotted with literally dozens of small coves where palm-tree lined beaches frame crystal-clear waters that are just perfect for swimming and scuba-diving. You can take boat-trips out to deserted tropical islands just off shore or even go for a cruise on a pirate ship so you can all live out your ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ daydreams!
If you’re the kind of family that likes getting out there and getting stuck into new experiences and new cultures – preferably with a little taste of adventure thrown in – then it’s really worth considering a trip to Brazil. From natural wonders to man-made spectaculars, there’s something for everyone and the people have got to be some of the friendliest on the planet, so whether you’re six or sixty, you get a great welcome wherever you go.
– Guest poster Dan Clarke works for Real Brazil Holidays, and when he’s not looking after his own not-quite-two-year-old, he’s planning his next trip back to the land of samba! We love to get reports from all corners of the globe. If you’d like to write a guest post, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.