On a day like today, it's easy to find yourself cursing NYC and its shockingly chilly winters. We'd all love nothing more than to escape to a balmy, tropical beach hideout — but, one look at our bank accounts has us singing a different tune. So, instead of splurging on a trip we can't afford, we've got a lust-worthy travel diary for you to peruse.
We tapped Nick Brown, founder of the local shoe line Soludos, to share his best excursion snaps. This winter, he jetted off to Brazil and Capetown, South Africa with his girlfriend (and Victoria's Secret model!) Barbara Fialho, where they sampled local cuisine, explored breathtaking architecture, and got down and dirty with some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Click through to see their personal pics and travel tips, and get ready for a serious case of wanderlust.