You are looking for travel-related sites. Great!
This blog is definitely for you if:
You are around 40 years old, or older. Your children are grown-up, or even started their own families. Or maybe you don’t have children, but you’ve always let somebody to take care of “taking you” or planning your vacations.
In any of your previous trips you found that things did not turn out the way you really expected. You can’t tell what went wrong, but you do know that your expectations were not fulfilled.
You feel it’s time to try traveling on your own, instead of buying one of those pre-packaged tours or following any of the available traditional tourist guides available.
You see a lot of people doing it, so you ask yourself “Why not?”. You also deserve to enjoy the freedom to decide where to go and when, and doing it on your own pace.
But… you find yourself clueless about how to begin planning your trip, or how to overcome the fear of having to make these decisions by yourself… I get it, it’s not easy to face this “adventures” when you are no longer at your 20’s. And although it seems so simple for backpackers or young entrepreneurs out there, somehow things are not so easy for you.
You are not rich, but you are not on a tight budget either. So you expect some level of comfort and cleanliness, and you don’t want to eat in suspicious-looking places to save a couple of dollars, or walk miles just to avoid the public transport fees.
You are a busy person, you have family responsibilities, and you have a job. So you can’t spend days or even weeks searching for all the necessary information and resources, just to find out that the path you’ve taken turn out to be a dead end.
From tourist to skilled traveler
My name is Hugo Huertas.
I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Yes, I’m the guy in the photo, smiling somewhere in the Garden District of New Orleans.
I’m married to the same woman for more than 30 years now -one must admire her patience-, most of that time devoted to raise and trying to educate our son and our two daughters.
They are all grown up now, so I really know what it means to start planning again trips without kids, after so many years of “family vacations”.
I share your needs and your preferences.
I am also restrained in the time I can devote to my trips, I also have obligations, bills to pay, a job waiting back home, and so on.
And I don’t feel ashamed saying out loud -or writing in bold letters, for this case- that I want a nice and clean place to sleep, a reliable restaurant to eat, or a quiet bar to enjoy a drink. I am not a backpacker, nor an adventure traveler. God, NO.
So I found long time ago that the main and most popular traveling blogs are not useful for me, as you are probably finding now.
That’s why I started this blog.
At the age of 8 I had my first experience of traveling abroad, when my parents took me on vacation to Brazil.
That trip influenced me forever, when I discovered that there were other places and other habits.
Since then, I was lucky to be able to keep on traveling even in times when it was not as usual and easy as it is today.
And I found that it is possible to discover those places really worth to be known but not shown in traditional tourist guides, those ones that will really make your trip special: that lovely corner only known by locals, those beautiful and quiet hidden streets, the restaurant still preparing that traditional yet simple dish capable of taking you a couple of steps closer to paradise, the hidden and exclusive bars or that one where you’ll feel like drinking among friends.
Now, my mission is to help travelers like you to leave behind any doubts or fears, sharing the experiences and tips I had to learn on my own.
This blog is for you because:
You will learn what you really need to know about those places you are going to visit.
Having the knowledge and the security it provides, is what really allows you to overcome any fears or doubts about traveling on your own.
You will also find how to prepare a complete travel plan, but being able to adapt it to new or unexpected situations.
As I said before, this website is mainly aimed to help those –like you- who want to go beyond the conventional tourist guides and blogs devoted to low-budget travelers.
I want you to fully enjoy each new experience, making the best use of your time and finding your own rhythm, the one that makes you truly feel the pleasure of traveling.
Let’s get something straight:
There’s an indisputable truth: time is our scarcest resource.
And there’s a second indisputable truth: the time we spend on our trips costs us money.
When I became fully aware of these, I also became a believer of the need for well organized but flexible itineraries -there can always be unexpected situations, we all know-.
From then on I began to prepare my trips following a detailed plan, while including room for some improvisation. And when I exceptionally didn’t, it meant to me to waste my time and getting myself unnecessary tired.
But this is about you, not me!
So, to achieve our goals we’ll have to clarify and define first what you really expect from your next trip.
Do you want to satisfy cultural interests, to enjoy local gastronomy, to get away from routine, or just to brag later in front of your friends for those outstanding places you’ll discover and they don’t know?
But, while these are key questions, only when we find your answers we’ll be able to start with the really difficult part: how to apply them to your unique, personalized travel plan.
You can be a traveler instead of being just another tourist.
Without giving up quality, nor comfort.
Meanwhile, tell me how can I specifically help you.
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