Many of you will have realized that, when it comes to blogs on travel and Brazil, the blogosphere is wanting in interesting material. That’s why today I want to mention two Brazilian travel blogs that have consistently managed to offer useful information to its readers. Two blogs written by Brazilians for a Brazilian readership. For those that read Portuguese, here are the links.
The first blog is Ricardo Freire‘s Viaje Na Viagem, who was mentioned in this blog when I wrote about his Beach Guide. Ricardo is one of the best known and more respected Brazilian travel journalists, and his blog reaches a wide and loyal audience. In his blog, he deals both with international and local destinations. The Brazilian content of his blog is invaluable. As a result of a close collaboration between Ricardo and his readers, a vast amount of information on Brazil is published every day.
The weakest side of the blog is the non-retrievability of information – this is a weakness that needs to be addressed sooner than later. Most of the information is found in the form of comments; the blog has become a kind of unestructured travel forum. Can you imagine a travel forum with no structure whatsoever? Without even a label identifying the subjects being discussed? An entry on his blog can be about Italy. But the comments can soon turn to a debate on a wonderful pousada in Pernambuco to switch shortly after to the latest fare promotion by TAM. This poor information management turns the invaluable information of the blog into a disposable affair. If you don’t read a comment the day it’s published, you will never find it. There are days with a hundred comments on the blog. My suggestion would be to consider seriously the setting up of a travel forum for the large and active group of followers of the blog. On a forum the information would be much easier to find. I don’t know whether if I’m acting as if I were still at work, but in the field of lexicography the most modern trends seek to ease the way dictionaries are consulted. To the point where ease of access sometimes comes even before content. What’s the use of the best content in the world if the reader can’t reach it?
To ease the life of readers of my blog, I will publish a regular summary with the most outstanding finds both in Ricardo’s blog and in the second Brazilian blog I will be reviewing today. The second effort is Rodrigo Purisch’s Aquela Passagem!, a blog focused on airlines and airfares. If you want to find out about the latest airline promotion, turn to Rodrigo’s blog, the information will certainly be there. As well as information on promotions, fares and new routes, Rodrigo has made a commendable effort putting together a series of invaluable blog entries explaining to lay readers all about tickets, fares, consolidators, alliances and other similar stuff. Rodrigo has done a brilliant work on a subject that couldn’t be of more interest to the traveller: how to find the cheapest fare.
I’d like to thank Ricardo and Rodrigo from these lines for the work they are developing on their blogs. Like I said, from now on you will hear about their whereabouts in this blog.