Featured Traveler: Trisha Velarmino
Trisha Velarmino is the travel blogger behind www.psimonmyway.com. She is one of those inspiring travelers who left their comfortable life to explore the world. She worked in the fashion industry in the Philippines and Italy. Later on, She realised that an 8-5 job is not for her so she left my job, sold all her things and went to Africa. In 2013, She went to Latin America and never looked back. She sustain her travels by teaching English, blogging and doing online jobs. She loves cooking, eating, football, hot sauce and coffee. Her way of travel is learning how other people cook, eat, speak and sleep. Her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona and Buenos Aires. 🙂
Learn more about Trisha by reading her answers to few of our travel related questions:
When did you started blogging, Why do you blog?
I started blogging back in 2011 when I first studied abroad. It was a fashion-slash-lifestyle-slash-travel blog as I was a fashion student in Italy. It was the one that made sense at the time. Professional travel blogging came the following year when I decided to travel the world for real.
To be honest, I blog for myself. I blog so that one day, I will remember how to exactly tell my story to my children and grandchildren. 😉
When did you start traveling, inspirations?
When I was 22, young and physically fit, I decided that I should start traveling the world. It all happened to me when I went to a University in Milan, Italy. I spent most of my life studying Fashion and Arts Management at the same time, seeing Europe. I was able to go around on my feet and learned a lot of things from different people and culture. My love for football also encouraged me to travel more. About five years ago, Liverpool FC and Arsenal had an Asian Tour. I followed every match and stalked them wherever they were. I booked expensive tickets, got hungry but still, I was able to see them play live. That was an eye opener for me to see more places. When I realised it was that easy, I decided to pursue long term travel.
Lessons you learned on the road?
Oh, there’s a lot my favourite is how powerful the human soul is. I’ve faced different (and hard) challenges that I was able to surpass and that idea still amazes me! I realised we can do anything as long as we believe!
Destinations on your Bucket List?
Madagascar, Canada and Australia.
Beach or Mountain?
How often do you travel by air / land?
I only travel by air if I am flying to another continent. Within a continent, I travel mostly by land.
What’s your favorite airport?
Dubai International Airport (DXB)
What is your favorite Hotel?
None in particular! But I love the ones that are secluded.
What is your preferred Airline?
How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness?
I take a large sleeping pill. HAHAHAHA! Or I exercise and try to eat right.
What are your favorite travel gadgets?
Laptop and camera! Can’t live without them.
Any Tips on how to travel light?
For long term travel, pack 2 pairs of each (2 shorts, shirts, pants, sweater, and so on)
Best Backpack Brand?
None in particular
Top 3 Philippine Destinations?
Siargao, Baler and Zambales!
Things you love about the Philippines?
The Filipinos are the best part about being in the Philippines. They amuse me. They challenge me. Every Filipino loves to travel and they have the urge of learning about anything! They can adapt easily and are always very creative.
Things you hate about the Philippines?
The Filipinos. Yes, I love and hate us. The chismis culture, the idea of being skinny as a sign of beauty, the social media wars, etc. Like what I said, ‘we’ amuse ‘me.’
Top 3 International Destinations?
Brasil, Spain and Turkey.
Follow her on her social media accounts:
Google +: http://plus.google.com/+TrishaVelarmino