About Paula Pins the Planet

About Paula Pins the Planet

My name is Paula Martinelli, and I am the founder of Paula Pins the Planet.

My travel style is off-the-beaten-path destinations & Active Adventurous Travel, with lots of outdoor activities, and always focusing on ethical and responsible tourism. If that sounds like you, then join the Paula Pins the Planet family

This is more than a travel blog; it’s an invitation to explore the world through the eyes of a passionate traveler.

I invite you to join me on this incredible journey of discovery, cultural immersion, and sustainable exploration. Whether you’re an experienced traveler or just beginning your adventures, this blog is a valuable resource to inspire and guide your explorations.

And the good news is that you don’t have to sell your belongings, quit your 9-5 job and buy a van…

I am here to encourage you to find life balance between your career, family, routine – and to escape your everyday life for short gateways of a week, or a month for that trip of a lifetime!

To get started, check my travel Destinations page, for an overview of all the countries I cover on this blog. If you are not sure where you want to go on your next destinations, check these 30+ Dream Destinations all over the world for inspiration!


About Paula

I started this blog is to help you find a life balance between exploring the Planet and Living a Healthy Lifestyle!

For more than 25 years I have been a world traveler and have lived on 3 continents, traveled for business and leisure to over 50 countries, and have more than 25 years of experience with fitness and health. I am also a Marketing Manager, a Professional Bodybuilder athlete, and an adventure seeker. 

I was born and raised in Brazil, I have lived in England before, and now I have been living in the U.S. since 2006, based in beautiful and sunny Florida.

I have been working in some of the largest corporate businesses in the Pharma & Biopharm Industries with a B.A. in Communications and MBA in Marketing. My background includes extensive experience finding a balance between my career, travel, and a healthy lifestyle.

🌍 10 CURIOSITIES ABOUT ME:

  1. I was born in Brazil, but my both parents families are from Italy. So I am half Brazilian and half Italian
  2. I traveled for the first time as a solo when I was 12 years old
  3. I have 2 fur babies Pingo (Westie) and Cooper ( Chinese Crested) and we travel together 🐶
  4. I absolutely LOVE animals! My dream is to see gorillas in Uganda
  5. I have a corporate job, and I still can manage to take about 4 international vacations per year!😉
  6. My favorite physical challenge was to climb the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, and Ice Wall climbing in Iceland
  7. The most beautiful country I ever been is New Zealand
  8. The best food I ever had was in Peru
  9. I competed in Bodybuilding for 15 years, and own several titles
  10. When I retire, I want to work with rescued animals somewhere in Asia or Africa.

why i started Paula Pins the Planet

🌍 How I started

In January 2020 I made a big decision in my life: to start Paula Pins the Planet.
Travel & Be Healthy is my philosophy for a happy life and I have decided to share my journey by helping and empowering others to find life balance and follow a healthy lifestyle.  

✈️ Passion for Exploration…

My target was to create a platform that resonates with wanderlust-driven souls, adventure seekers, and global explorers. For more than 20 years, I have crisscrossed the globe. These experiences have not only broadened my horizons but also deepened my understanding of the world.

🌟 Inspiring others…

I have a passion for planning very unique itineraries to discover the off-the-beaten paths. This is my corner of the internet that brings together my love for travel, photography, sustainability, and cultural immersion. My journey to becoming an authority in the travel and adventure niche is nothing short of inspiring.

💪 Helping others to find a Life Balance…

I truly believe that travel and a healthy lifestyle are the holy grail for a happy life. My goal is to help busy and active people like you plan your next adventure, and to inspire you to make healthy decisions while traveling or at home!

Paula Pins the Planet is featured in…

🌟 International Travel Writer: for Brazil magazine – Plurale em Revista & for Namibia at Zambezi Rental Car
🌟 Blog Collaboration: Collaborated with renowned travel blogs such as Mapping Megan, Destinationless Travel & Full Suitcase
🌟 International Speaker: for the Solo Female Travelers community
🌟 International Featured: several articles featured in Tripscout & Forbes Magazine

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About Paula Pins the Planet

where i’ve been

🌍 Americas

  • Brazil (Home Country)📌
  • USA (My Home) 📌
  • Canada (Multiple Times)
  • Mexico (Multiple Times)
  • Peru
  • Bolivia
  • Argentina (Multiple Times)
  • Costa Rica

🌍 Caribbean

  • Bahamas
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Caiman Island

🌍 Europe

  • England (Lived here) 📌
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Italy (Multiple times)
  • France (Multiple Times)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland (Multiple times)
  • Finland
  • Germany (Multiple Times)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Vatican City
  • Gibraltar

🌍 Africa

🌍 Middle East

  • Turkey

🌍 Asia/ Oceania

some of my highest achievements

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Spent a month driving and wild camping in Botswana, Africa
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Hiked the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal
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Moved to Florida and I am slowly exploring the State, and write very detailed guides.
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Slow road trip around Alaska, USA so I could follow my dream of exploration and wrote the best content for my readers.

Paula Pins the Planet Travel Style

My travel style is off-the-beaten-path destinations & Active Adventurous Travel, with lots of outdoor activities, and always focusing on ethical and responsible tourism.

I don’t stay at 5 stars hotels, or pay US$100 dollars for a meal just because I should enjoy the local food, instead, I prefer to search for a local restaurant and have a meal with the locals. I can sleep in a castle or in a tent. I can skip a shower if I can travel to a remote location. I can cook my own meal on an open fire in the middle of the wild in Africa. 

ROAD TRIPS | I do a lot of self-drive destinations and I am always searching for intriguing stories to share about places I visit and people I meet. My target is to help travelers like you, to have the most authentic and adventurous experiences while uncovering different cultures and support the local communities.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL | There is always something new to discover; a new place, different flavors, smells, and colors. A new hiking trail, a high mountain to conquer, that remote village you only saw in books. Not speaking the local language, not having a hotel booked for the night, or not being able to read the menu? Not a problem, traveling is an adventure.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL | I believe in caring about our planet and our environment and not practicing any sort of animal abuse, respecting people and their culture, and learning from them. When I plan a new trip, I research opportunities to connect with locals and to give back to the local communities, by making choices to stay at a homestay, eat at local restaurants, learn about other cultures while encouraging people to have the same experience.

About Paula Pins the Planet
About Paula Pins the Planet
About Paula Pins the Planet
About Paula Pins the Planet

how can we help you?

My goal is to leave a positive mark and make new friends in all the places I visit and with every person I meet. If that sounds like you, then join the Paula Pins the Planet family.

This travel & fitness lifestyle blog has a special love for active travels. I truly believe that travel and a healthy lifestyle are the holy grail for a happy life. My goal is to help busy and active people like you plan your next adventure, and to inspire you to make healthy decisions while traveling or at home!

Looking for your next adventure or preparing for your dream hike? – Let’s Pin the Planet Together!

Let’s Connect on Social Media:

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CONTACT ME AT: hello@paulapinstheplanet.com

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