Civilian inaction exists on a much larger scale than what you likely accredit and it stagnates the efforts made to close socioeconomic gaps between the rich and poor. Specifically, there is a pronounced lack of support for the third sector: NGOs and nonprofits. The organizations comprising this sector are the primary actors and agents of change in the lives of those homeless, hungry, ill, jobless, and poor that you walk by day-to-day. These organizations, often lacking in resources to sustain themselves, are the primary vehicles providing resources to the needy. If you want to help you should be supporting these organizations, but research shows you likely do not.
There is a vulnerability you expose yourself to when you travel, but it is not something to be feared. The awareness, both inner and outer, you gain is rewarding and can definitely be earned without the presence of your family, friends, or partner. I just visited Argentina, the Brazilian state of Parana, and Paraguay (kind of) by myself. Rather than isolation I felt liberation.
“Am I in Europe?” This was what I first thought when visiting the city of Curitiba in the Southern Brazilian state of Parana. Much of Southern Brazil (the state of Parana, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul) feels that way because over the last 150 years it has become a melting pot of European cultures. It is evident in the architecture, celebrations, food, and people - it is really White compared to the rest of the country.
Iguazu Falls are the crowning gem of the Atlantic rainforest, but there is so much more to see and explore in the neighboring cities. Puerto Iguazu, Argentina; Foz do Iguacu, Brazil; and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay are replete with cultural and tourist attractions fit for everyone. Make the most out of your days (and money) while you visit the falls by checking out these other 10 spots. Here is my all-inclusive guide based on a three-day visit I completed in April 2018.
Niagara Falls on the Canadian-US border may be the most famous waterfall system on the planet, but there are another set of waterfalls that put Niagara to shame. So much so, that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” when she saw them. There is simply no comparison. When you visit Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil, you are enveloped by the verdant Atlantic rainforest and over 275 waterfalls (yes, 275). If you need more convincing of their grandeur, know that in 2011, over 100 million people selected them as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. Oh, I also cried because of how pretty they are (several times)!