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 …

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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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Paula Martinelli Blog, healthy, Travel 8 Comments

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 easy, be carefree, get out …