Random Thoughts

Where to next?

It always excites me to make travel plans. Pseudo-itinerary for trips that I feel my soul needs at any given moment. My journal has been filled with notes of countless destinations, airfare deals from various airlines, dreamy booking.com or airbnb accommodations, and to do lists – from boring to adventuresome activities, to the best places to eat and even those hidden spots that only locals know about. The planning part is the second best part of any leisurely getaways, in my opinion.

Last week, I wanted to go to Finland. And the week before that, I was dreaming of Norway again. I have already mapped out the route I will take for Norway. Oslo — Stavanger (Preikestolen Hike) — Bergen (Bergen – Oslo train ride) then back to Oslo. My entire monthly salary as of the moment will not suffice for a 10-day Norway trip. Maybe, next year? Always hope for the best because the best is yet to come. I hope to one day win an all expense paid trip with my mom and dad. Maybe, not to Norway because my mother might not allow me to do that hike on my own. To South Africa perhaps? I would love to visit Japan and South Korea with them. Now, all I need is that contest.


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11 Travel Do’s in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Mato Grosso translates to great woods. Located in central Brazil and is the 3rd largest state in the country. 

Orla do Porto in Cuiabá

A beautiful 1.3 kilometers stretch of colorful houses and restaurants on the banks of Cuiabá River.
1. Taste the local cuisines
2. Bike around town
3. People watch and / or mingle with the locals


One of the most important ecosystem in the planet, one of the world’s largest wetlands
( a large area of land covered with swamp or marsh ) and one of the best places for seeing wildlife. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.
4. Stay in a fazenda
5. Explore the wetlands in a boat
6. Game viewing
7. Enjoy a National Geographic-inspired photography 

Chapada dos Guimarães National Park

Caves, ponds, waterfalls, cliffs, trails – and so much more of amazing nature.
8.Hike the trails and visit caves
9. Stand on the marked stone in Mirante da Geodésia – the geographic center of South America
10. Bathe in one of the waterfalls 
11. Sunset viewing on a mountain top 

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11 Travel Goals in Aquitaine, France

The old Aquitaine region ( now a part of Nouvelle-Aquitaine since 2016 ) boasts of a diverse topography. Located in the southwestern of France, in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountains. This historic province has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler from fancy chateaux to mountain summits to amazing beaches. 

1. Bordeaux Wine

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Join a guided tour of châteaux and vineyards in the world’s largest producer of fine wine. A day of wine tasting plus learning a thing or two about its history from the region’s very own masters of taste. Make sure to have a designated driver, you’ll never know how much fun you’ll have!

2. Saint-Émilion

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A day trip around the UNESCO Heritage site in the heart of Bordeaux, also famed for its namesake wine. This is a charming village named after a monk who settled in the area in the 8th century. Hike or bike your way around the historical landscape of this beautiful place.

3. La Cité du Vin

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A hi–tech way of discovering the world’s wine culture. Have a deeper understanding of wine’s relationship with people, view exhibitions and join workshops – a world of experiences indeed.

4. Anglet Beaches

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Dubbed as the “Little California” for its 4.5 km stretch of fine sand. Get a tan or meditate by the beach, dip in the waters or even surf the waves.

5. Pic du Midi d’Ossau

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A stimulating hike to a majestic Pyrenean summit, with an elevation of over 900 meters. Located at the heart of  Pyrénées National Park.

6. La Roque-Gageac

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A picturesque town at the foot of a cliff along the Dordogne River. Also cited as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

7. Biarritz Lighthouse

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Climb 248 steps to witness a panoramic view of the coastline and the town of Biarritz, built-in 1834.

8. Château de la Brède

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Travel back to 18th century, the gothic styled palace which was home to French philosopher, Charles Louis de Montesquieu.

9. Rocher de la Vierge

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Cross a small bridge to the statue of the Virgin Mary atop a rock surrounded by crashing waves and enjoy the view of the sea and even the city of Biarritz.

10. Funiculaire de Pau

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A free, short and fun way to get to and from the upper/lower part of the town of Pau.

11. Grand Bayonne

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Sight see  Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, Château-Vieux, and Town Hall of Bayonne.

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