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25 Years In This World

Today is my 25th Birthday. (Happy Birthday to me! Yay! ) Twenty-five… where did time go? Something that I’ve learned in this 1/4 of life (assuming I live until I’m 100 years old) is that time goes by so fast. Time is something you can never get back and taking for granted is simply not an option. For this week’s post I’ve decided to take a quick trip through “memory lane” and highlight my travels throughout twenty five years. 1992 – Welcome to the world! 1993 – Age 1 1994 – Age 2 1995 – Age 3 1996 – Age 4 1997 – Age 5 1998 – Age 6 1999 – Age 7 2000 – Age 8 2001 – Age 9 2002 – Age 10 2003 – Age 11 2004 – Age 12 2005 – Age 13 2006 – Age 14 2007 – Age 15 2008 – Age 16 2009 – Age 17 2010 – Age 18 2011 – Age 19 2012 – Age 20 2013 – Age 21 2014 – Age 22 2015 – Age …

Time To Take a Break From Traveling (Wait, What?)

“Hey Mariella, when is your next trip?” seems to be the most popular question I get asked lately. What if I tell you that (for the first time in four years) I have no idea what my next adventure entails? The answer is simple: I’m exhausted… Many people think traveling the world is all leisure, but truth is one has to invest a lot of time and energy to make it happen. Trip after trip after trip after trip and being constantly moving from place to place gets old. And if I continue traveling the world at this pace, I’ll eventually burnout. That’s why I’ve decided to take a three month break. Taking a break from traveling is the way to go when you feel like your inner wanderlust is not the same as it was before. It’s normal – it happens to everyone.I’m not going to lie, It’s a strange feeling not looking forward to an upcoming trip. But I do believe this break it’s going to be good for me! When I’m ready …

Taking A Moment To Think About Life

Earlier today my friend Juan Camilo and I had the chance to reflect on the reason behind our crazy and adventurous lifestyles. Our lifestyles are very similar, there’s no denying it. We both travel the world, seek adventure and learning is our passion and ultimate goal. But why are we this way? Why not just settle in one place, raise a family and be just like other people in today’s society? Here’s why. Looking back, I can say with complete confidence that the moment one of our closest friend past away changed my life forever. Without notice, she was gone in one blink. As traumatic and sad this tragic event affected our lives, I’ve come to realize that this is what changed my perspective towards living everyday like it’s the last one. One day my friend was alive, and the next one she was gone. This eye-opening experience taught me (the hard way) that no one has their life guaranteed. Yes, we all want to grow old and live a long life. Maybe that’s what …

12 Things I learned in 2016

The saying “time flies when you are having fun” lives up to its name.  Where did 2016 go? Here’s a quick recap: I visited seven countries I’ve never been to, I broke my foot, I experiences what is to travel solo, got my Digital Marketing master’s degree, I mastered the art of booking flights and hotel rooms for very cheap, gained ten pounds, I lost ten pounds, got a promotion at work (Yay!), learned how to effectively pack the essentials to fit in a carry-on and, most importantly, got to learn a lot about several countries around the world. What’s not to love? 2016 was a great year indeed. Every year I write a sentence which briefly describes what I learned during that month. To be honest, this post is mostly for me. Every “12 Things I Learned” blog posts are very special for me because each sentence reminds me of the event (or happening) that impacted my life in some way or another. Here’s 12 things I learned throughout the year 2016: January | …

Yeah, I Broke My Foot in Vienna

You know when you are so happy that all you want to do is get up and dance? That’s how I felt my first day in Vienna. My crazy “organizing every detail of the trip” self hired a private car to take me from the airport to the hotel located in downtown Vienna. Called Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark. When I first walked in all I could think was, “well this is not the Radisson Blu in Berlin, but it’s perfect!” Left my belongings and continued my journey. Walked a couple of blocks and there it was. Vienna, as seen in the movies! What a beautiful city. The trees leaves were yellow, white and pink. Gorgeous, isn’t it? I could smell the Spring as the wind blew into my face. I love to walk with no sense of direction. You know like getting lost… But not really because it’s the year 2016 and we have phones with GPS. Walked for hours and hours and took marvelous pictures of the city’s architecture and it’s beautiful (and multiple) parks. …