Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 5 Comments

  Vietnam has seen a major tourism increase over the last decade, and visitors all over the world have one thing in common: taking a cruise to the UNESCO Heritage site of Halong Bay, because of it’s simply stunning views. But is it still ethical to visit Halong Bay still?    Halong Bay is a perfect example of overtourism – …

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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 …

Jalapao-Brazil-itinerary

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.

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, …

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.

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

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 24 Comments

  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 the country’s busiest city of …

The positive things we can see when we slow down

9 Positive Lessons from social distancing from people around the Planet

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  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 this together! 2020 – A …

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

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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 a healthy lifestyle. Is traveling …