Author Archives: Paula Martinelli

Vietnam: Sapa Ethical Travel Guide

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 […]

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

Botswana camping under the stars in the remote camping

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 […]

Everything you need to know about trekking & homestay in Sapa

Homestay with Black H'mong in Sapa

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.

Vietnam – The Best 2 Weeks Itinerary (complete day-by-day guide)

Vietnam Travel

  Vietnam is amazing, from top to bottom, with such a diverse landscape, friendly people, rich culture and yummy food. Vietnam has over 1,000 miles long to be explored. The good news is that you can visit the best of Vietnam with a condensed well-planned 2 weeks trip itinerary. This Vietnam travel itinerary begins with […]

9 Positive Lessons from social distancing from people around the Planet

The positive things we can see when we slow down

  These 9 positive lessons from social distancing shared by people all over the world of things we can see only when we slow down, will inspire you to find channels of hope, kindness and creativity. The gift to appreciate the positive, even during dark times, continues to spread around the world. We are in […]

7 Best Portable Fitness Equipment for Travel (review, overview & guide)

Portable Exercise Equipment

Not having access to the gym, shouldn’t be an excuse to not work out. If you are looking for the best portable fitness equipment to workout while on-the-go, you found the perfect answer. Plus, I am here to share an exercise series with many variations for you to follow and to inspire you to have […]

Workout on-the-go – Total Body Resistance Band

  No access to the gym, no problem! The answer is workout on-the-go. You can workout out your total body anywhere, and very effectively. Get your workout done from your home, from a park, from your hotel room…In this article, I highlight the full-body workout using only a resistance band.  Make time, not excuses! This […]

12 Tips on how to be in shape for your next vacation

LESSONS LEARNED FROM TRAVELING THAT LED ME TO ACHIEVE MY FITNESS GOAL Have you ever thought about using your next vacation as a motivation for your fitness goal? Check these 12 tips on how to be in shape for your next vacation and get inspired. Who doesn’t love vacations, right? Vacations are to take it […]

Photoblog: People of Tibet – Faces of a strong spirit

Have you ever wondered what a proud and strong spirit looks like in the face of adversity? Travel to Tibet through my pictures and stories of these religious, devoted, compassionate, and giving people, and discover more about the people of Tibet. PEOPLE OF TIBET – AN AMAZING PHOTOJOURNALISM OPPORTUNITY The best definition I found to […]

Travel & Fitness – 5 Takeaways on how to find life balance

tips to be in shape for your vacation

  The holy grail for many people today is to find life balance. Imagine finding life balance between work, world travel, and having a fit lifestyle? Sounds too good to be true right? It not easy, but it is possible. Here, I share my journey and 5 takeaways to find a life balance between travel […]