Hey there! I’m Marjut and I’m obsessed with exploring the beautiful world we live in. I’m a true nature lover and there’s nothing that brings me more joy than hiking through stunning landscapes, spotting exotic wildlife and relaxing on secluded beaches. I document my adventures through my travel blog where I share destination guides, travel tips and photography from locations with exceptional natural beauty.
Why do you travel and look for adventures?
I travel because visiting new places and experiencing different cultures gives me genuine excitement and happiness. Traveling forces you out of your comfort zone expands your horizons and gives you priceless memories. It opens your eyes to different ways of life and makes you appreciate the incredible diversity of the world.
What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?
My favorite adventures are the ones where I can immerse myself in nature! This could be hiking through rainforests, climbing volcanoes, scuba diving with marine life or swimming in waterfalls to name a few.
What’s your go-to travel hack?
Get yourself a prepaid travel card that gives you the best possible exchange rates when abroad and allows ATM withdrawals without any foreign transaction fees. Having a card like this will save you a significant amount of money during your travels. (I use a card from Revolut.)
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
Yes, my water purifier bottle! There are so many countries where tap water is unsafe to drink. Thankfully, the bottle allows me to purify tap water wherever I go, so I always have access to clean and safe drinking water. And since I don’t need to buy any bottled water during my trips, it significantly reduces my plastic footprint.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
Brazil! I’ve been there twice but there’s still so much left to see. It’s such a massive country full of incredible natural marvels which for some reason are very little known outside of Brazil.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
When I arrive at a new destination, I ask my Airbnb host or hotel reception about whether there are any areas that I should avoid visiting due to safety concerns. In destinations where pickpocketing is known to be a common problem, I never wear fancy jewelry or flash my cash/phone/camera.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
I’ve found that it’s really helpful to join Facebook groups for the destinations you’re visiting. In those groups, there are lots of locals as well as expats that have lived in the area for a while who can give you tips on all the hidden gems, current events, their favorite places to hang out etc.
What’s your favourite word in another language?
‘Pura Vida’. It’s a phrase used in Costa Rica and it means ‘Pure Life’. It is used as a greeting, a goodbye, and an expression of happiness.
When and where are you next travelling?
I don’t have any certain travel plans yet but I’m dying to go back to Southeast Asia! I would love to see more of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.
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