Brazil!

Potentially great news for me and everyone who wants to visit Brazil! Brazil is considering a no visa policy for US, Australian, Canadian, and Japanese citizens. As I wanted to visit while I was in S America to see if I could pick up Portuguese while I was out that way, I was blocked by a $160 visa fee and having to send my passport off. I didn’t understand WHY this was so considering all the other countries I looked at in S America did not require a visa before arriving. This will help out Brazil’s tourism greatly. They better do it while I’m out that way!

Letter from AirBnB

Got this email the other day from AirBnB:

Hi,

Earlier this year, we launched a comprehensive effort to fight bias and discrimination in the Airbnb community. As a result of this effort, we’re asking everyone to agree to a Community Commitment beginning November 1, 2016. Agreeing to this commitment will affect your use of Airbnb, so we wanted to give you a heads up about it.

What is the Community Commitment?
You commit to treat everyone—regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age—with respect, and without judgment or bias.

How do I accept the commitment?
On or after November 1, we’ll show you the commitment when you log in to or open the Airbnb website, mobile or tablet app and we’ll automatically ask you to accept.

What if I decline the commitment?
If you decline the commitment, you won’t be able to host or book using Airbnb, and you have the option to cancel your account. Once your account is canceled, future booked trips will be canceled. You will still be able to browse Airbnb but you won’t be able to book any reservations or host any guests.

What if I have feedback about the commitment?
We welcome your feedback about the Community Commitment and all of our nondiscrimination efforts. Feel free to read more about the commitment. You can also reach out to us at [email protected].

The Airbnb Team

My take on it is all they’re asking is for people to treat all people with fairness and respect. This will be my first time using AirBnB to rent an entire apartment. I had no issue renting an apartment in Ecuador. Now later down the line when I want to use it again who knows?