About the Author

My name is Maria, and I am currently working on my master’s degree in public relations at Boston University. After finishing my coursework in December, I hope to work in the lifestyle sector since it encompasses all my passions: travel, food, fashion, culture and art.

I think my love for travel was inherited and in part instilled in me by my parents who used to pick up my sister and I from school on Fridays and take us to the beach or take us on month-long summer vacations. Another reason why I love traveling might also be that I have moved around a lot, and I have come to love exploring new places and adapting to new cultures.

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and lived there until I was eight. While I was very young when I lived there, I do remember one thing: when it comes to beautiful beaches, you can’t beat the Caribbean. Then, my family moved to Houston, Texas, and that has been my home ever since. Sometimes, I feel that when you’re from Texas, you don’t need to say anything other than you’re from Texas for people to understand you. Next, I moved to the Midwest to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergrad, and I’m not going to lie, leaving Texas was a huge culture shock. During my time at Mizzou, I also studied abroad in Nice, France, and I feel like it should be required for all college students to live abroad for a couple of weeks. Finally, I moved to Boston for graduate school, and I have enjoyed living in Boston and New England more than I expected. There is so much to see and do that even after living here for a little more than a year, I still have so much to do.

So, after all my moving around and all my seasonal, holiday, weekend, and day trips, I have come to learn a few things about traveling and making the most out of trips. I think traveling might also be one of my favorite pastimes since by nature it is a combination of all my favorite activities: shopping, eating exotic foods, exploring museums and landmarks, and spending time with family and friends. And, cheesy as it sounds, some of the best memories I have from my trips have been about the journey and not the destination.

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