We are Marcia and David, a
Brazilian and an American. We are both in love with Brazil. One by birth,
by blood, by roots. The other by the best possible reason: choice.
Marcia is the journalist and therefore the main writer. David is the
Webmaster, edits the
texts and puts his two cents in all the pages also. I, Marcia, am going to
tell you how it all began.
A New Life
In December 2003, we got married. I was living in Brazil and David in the
U.S. So, I moved to the U.S. with daughter, dog, books, boxesÖ the works!
David had a business in Montana, and I too had plans to start my own
I had already lived in other countries before moving to the U.S. and I
knew, by experience, that for a professional whose tools are words, it is
hard to find work in your field in a foreign country, unless you are an
international correspondent or want to teach a foreign language. Not my
I thought about starting an events promotion company which is something I
worked with some years ago. The project never developed into a business.
So, I kept looking for the right thing for me.
During the Internet boom in Brazil, in the late 1990's, I worked for a
sports website. Like many other websites that blossomed in that era, the
one I worked for died a year after it was created. However, during the
time I worked there, I learned something about the Internet, a new and
vibrant media that had so many prospects.
Because of this previous experience with the internet and because I like
writing, I thought I could use my skills to do something profitable. So I
began investigating the possibilities for an internet business.
Finally, the Ideal
In one of my gazillion searches, I came
across a website that caught my eye amongst the hundreds I had seen about
building your own internet business. Different from the others, this one
didnít promise that I would get rich quick. Nope! It didnít promise
that I wouldnít have to work either. Actually, it made clear the fact that if a
person didnít plan on working on the business, she would be better off
looking somewhere else because the program required work to be successful.
But it did promise something that sold me: if I brought my energy and
enthusiasm and was willing to put the effort into writing great content
about what I knew and loved, the program would make the hard part of
the business (marketing and technology) work smoothly.
The website was SiteSell.com and the Program was Site Build It! There was
an Action Guide that could be downloaded for free. It showed how it
was possible, doable and how I could build my own online business out of
something I knew and loved. I didnít have any marketing or programming
background, but with SBI! I didnít really need it. It sounded great! The
really good thing is that SBI! is truly GREAT! Check it out for yourself with this
After a few visits to SiteSell.com I decided to download the Action Guide.
I read it and had no doubts about what to do next: Brazil-Travelnet
A Real Business
I never had second thoughts about
building a website regarding Brazil. Not just because I am Brazilian,
after all we are 180,000 million. Anybody, Brazilian or not, could build a
website about Brazil. Nevertheless, I knew I had a kind of insight that
was unique. Having lived in other countries on three different continents
gave me a different vision of my homeland than that of a Brazilian that
has never lived abroad or of a foreigner that has only visited the country.
I see the beauty, the problems, the challenges, the potential through a
different light. I read Brazilian newspapers every other day and all my
family and many friends live there. I still go to my dentist of many years
in Brazil and to my family doctor. There are things that you canít let go
In addition, David makes an important contribution to the website bringing
in a different input than mine. He adds a lot to things that I would skip
because of the very fact that I am Brazilian. I had never expected him to
have such an empathy with Brazilian culture and the people. He has already
picked the perfect place for our second home: Maceio, in the State of
Alagoas. This is still under discussion, of course. The fact is that we
are perfect business partners. One complements the other.
Anyway, besides the tourist information,
we want to give you a perception and a better understanding of Brazil, as
much as we can. We want to share our Brazilian experience with you. And we
hope that you benefit and enjoy the information we bring you.
Thatís a bit about us, Marcia, David and Brazil-Travelnet.
All the best,