Vietnam 2-weeks itinerary

My Son, Vietnam – Tips on how to visit the Hindu Sanctuary

Paula Martinelli Blog, Image, My Son, Travel, Vietnam 5 Comments

  The UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son, in Vietnam, is often skipped. However, it is a worthwhile place to visit as a side trip from Hoi An or Danang. This site once had over 70 structures of the ancient Champa civilization, mostly dedicated to the deities of Shiva, Krishna, and Vishnu had most of the temples destroyed by …

Hiking on Vacation: A Complete Fitness Preparation Guide

Paula Martinelli Blog, Fitness, Travel and be Healthy 4 Comments

In this fitness preparation guide for hiking during your vacation, you will find advice on how to prepare for this big adventure, separated in 9 easy sections, from exercises, diet, and many other tips and tricks for you to be in the best shape for your hike during your vacation. Detailed 9 steps to help for the best fitness level …

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Jalapão Itinerary- A paradise in Brazil for nature and adventure (local’s guide)

Paula Martinelli Blog, Everything you need to know, Image, Travel, Travel Tips 24 Comments

Jalapão is a unique destination for ecotourism lovers and ready to reveal stunning experiences. As you travel along the dirt roads, you can’t even imagine the beauties lurking around the region, the dry and unbearably hot savannah gives way to the verdant green paths, mysterious boils, dunes and hills, waterfalls and transparent rivers.

Giraffes at a South-Africa safari

South Africa Safari: 25 Pictures to inspire you

Paula Martinelli South Africa, Travel 6 Comments

This bucket-list safari in South Africa is a collection of 25 inspiring photos of a variety of safaris I have done during my trip to South Africa. From Kruger National Park to Ado Elephant Park and also visiting private game reserves. I believe that doing a Safari in Africa is something that is included on every traveler’s bucket list, and …

21 Interesting Facts about Rio de Janeiro (insider’s guide)

Paula Martinelli Blog, Brazil 8 Comments

  A local’s guide of 21 interesting and fun facts about Rio de Janeiro that you would love to know, and you can only find here.  The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has almost too many bucket-list attractions to count, but a few of them include the original Copacabana, Ipanema Beach, cable-car rides to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, …

Botswana Wild Camping Safari – Complete guide with 28 things to know

Paula Martinelli Uncategorized 6 Comments

  Remote…Isolated…Wild! If you are planning a trip to Botswana, the best way to experience the country landscape and wildlife is by driving and wild camping in the remote safaris of Botswana. There is no question that the best way to explore Botswana with a real and authentic experience and explore nature and wildlife, is by taking the roads and …

SAPA, Vietnam: Ethical Travel Guide

Paula Martinelli Ethical Traveling, Sapa, Travel, Vietnam 11 Comments

ETHICAL TRAVEL IN SAPA AND WHY I RECOMMEND BOOKING AN INDEPENDENT HOMESTAY Trekking and homestay in Sapa with a local H’mong hill tribe was the top of my bucket list when I decided to visit Vietnam. But my very first question was how ethical or responsible it was, and how I could not only have an authentic experience, but also …

Botswana camping under the stars in the remote camping

Camping in Botswana – Sleeping under the stars on the remote safari

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During 10 days I slept under the stars of Botswana, camping without fences in the most remote areas on a safari, and sharing the same space with wild animals like hyenas and African lions. Check out this “tale” of a real life adventure on one of the most isolated safaris in Africa. When was the last time you allowed yourself …

Homestay with Black H'mong in Sapa

Everything you need to know about trekking & homestay in Sapa

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 7 Comments

Sapa is located beyond the clouds in a mountain town in Lao Cai Province which also includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan.

It is in a remote place in Vietnam located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. We were so close to China that while my phone didn’t have service in much of Vietnam, in Sapa I could get on service from China.