Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 122
Need to Know
THE TRAVEL TIPS,
WHERE WE'RE GOING
"I'm making a whirlwind trip to
MEXICO CITY to launch our new
Virtuoso Life Latinoamérica. And - I
hope - to eat tacos."
- Marika Cain, managing editor
"Cycling through SLOVENIA and
CROATIA's Istrian peninsula for a
week. Day 2 highlight: 6,000 feet
of climbing in 40 miles. Time to get
those legs in shape."
- Justin Paul, senior editor
V I RT U O S O L I F E
BRAZILIAN VISAS, SIMPLIFIED. It just got easier for Amer-
ican and Canadian travelers to
visit Brazil. The launch of the
country's new eVisa program
means that, rather than having
to appear in person at the Brazilian consulate, travelers can
apply online and get their visa
within 72 hours. The $40 visas
are valid for two years. vfsglobal.
● SMART-LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS. Beginning this
year, a number of major airlines
(American, Delta, Alaska) have
banned checking luggage with
nonremovable lithium-ion batteries. The batteries, which can
pose a fire risk, have popped up
in suitcases with built-in USB
charging ports. Travelers will
need to remove the batteries
before checking luggage and
carry them on (and passengers
carrying on smart luggage
must be able to show that the
battery is removable). Among
the smart-luggage brands with
removable batteries: Raden,
Away, Arlo Skye, and G-RO.
● THE NEW U.S. TRAVEL
ADVISORY SYSTEM. In Janu-
ary, the State Department
unveiled a new travel
advisory system, replacing
its previous sometimesbefuddling "travel alert" and
"travel warning" advisories.
The new system ranks every
country in the world from 1
for "exercise normal precautions" to 4 for "do not travel"
(for example, Canada gets a
1; North Korea gets a 4) on an
interactive, color-coded map.
(GUITAR) KORENA BOLDING SINNETT, (SÃO PAULO) GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO
"To NASHVILLE, where I hope to
revisit the Pancake Pantry (hello,
sweet potato pancakes) and explore
some new-to-me neighborhoods,
such as 12 South, with one of my
- Rebecca Ratterman, assistant editor
into São Paulo.