Today she's sharing her tips for traveling on a budget.
1) When/How did you start your budget world travels?
Traveling as a lifestyle? Three years ago when I decided to leave my job and go backpacking alone in India. I was thinking [I'd] stay 2 months and ended up backpacking 7 months in Asia.
2) What was your favorite place to visit?
India stole my heart, it's the only country so far I wouldn't mind going back every year. It's pretty spiritual and many mysterious things happen there. Also I love Indians, women wearing colorful saris, the food, lassis, different landscapes.
3) How about a favorite sight?
I can't choose one. When I was trekking in Annapurna (Nepal) circuit I've seen many stunning sights. Also in Lago Atitlan area (Guatemala) you can find secret spots with beautiful nature and this huge lake surrounding. I also love to go up high buildings to watch the cities from a different scenario and so far New York and Melbourne are among my favorites.
4) Favorite activity?
So far, riding a camel in the desert! But there's soooo much I wanna do still, like diving in Philippines, jump from a plane, explore the Amazon...
5) How long have you been traveling?
The first long trip was 7 years ago in Europe, then I lived in USA for a year. I tried to settle in Portugal but the travel itch was getting out of control :P
6) What's your long-term goal for your travels? Are you going to settle down one day?
I don't have a goal. Right now, in this moment, traveling is what makes me happy, it's the way I wanna live. Traveling gives you the real freedom to be who you are and to do exactly what/when you want. Plus, when I travel I spend less money then when I'm living in Portugal because I don't have to pay an house or bills. I'll probably settle for a while soon, maybe not more then 6 months? hehe
7) Tell us a little about yourself, please!
- I love simple things in life like a sunset on the beach or read a book in an hammock.
- I'm never satisfied, that's the reason why I couldn't see anymore documentaries on National Geographic channel, I wanted to see with my eyes these magical places in this planet, to feel it, to touch it.
- I'm a Social Worker and one of my (thousand) dreams is to start an intervention project in one of Brazil's favelas.
- I'm passionate about any kind of music: bossanova, drum and bass, acid jazz, 60's rock, ska, reggae, hip hop. Anything goes! I just want to dance :)
- Pizza is my favorite food, I could eat pizza every single day.
8) How about some favorite hobbies?
Anything to do with handmade or crafting, reading books and blogs, going to the beach, hiking, play with pets, dance, attend workshops, go to concerts and flea markets...
9) About about 3 honorable mentions for favorite places seen?
10) Weirdest encounter/story?
When hitch hiking you collect many funny and weird stories but I'm going to tell you a story that happened when I was in a village in North India where I was the very first tourist ever seen! I spent all day drinking chai and talking with locals when the police came and asked me for my passport. It was in my room so I said I would bring it later to the police station (or mini office?!) but they reacted pretty nervous! At some point there was 30 indians talking with the police in Hindi and I couldn't understand a word! Finally a lawyer who knew English helped me out... I just had to sign up a paper and show the passport later. What a relief *phewwww*
11) Best encounter/story?
Not best because I cannot name one but best for that exactly moment. We were traveling in Honduras for 3 days and didn't stop raining, we were sick of the weather so decided to move to Nicaragua. This time we were asking for a ride for less then a minute when a man pulled over. Besides being the Honduras Red Cross Director, he was also the Pizza Hut Director. In the way he invited us to go to a Pizza Hut restaurant because he had some papers to sign and eat all we want! You should see our table full of pizzas and deserts and we still brought food with us for the week :))
12) How can anyone get started on a vagabond journey like your own?
Anyone in the world, any age can do it! First of all you need to get rid of your fears especially of getting out of your comfort zone. Then you need to make sure you don't leave nothing behind: all bills are paid, your family is healthy and agree (more or less) with your travel, that issue with that friend is solved, etc. etc. then you are completely free to travel.
Besides fear, money is other common barrier. If you are an artist you are all set! You can perform on the streets or you can sell your crafts in the way. My advice is to save as much as possible and depending on your budget travel to certain countries. If you have a budget of 20 dollars a day I suggest you to travel in Asia or South America. Europe, Australia, Canada can be extremely expensive. I say don't worry too much about money because people out there are cooperative and sensible, they will offer you a meal or to stay in their places. There's always someone who will give you a hand ;)
13) Any budget traveling tips to share?
Van's Note: Had to share a good one on Minimalist Packing
We're all envious of your travels, Marta! I can't wait to see the world and take exactly 1 Million photos of it, too! Thanks for sharing your tips with us!