Hi, I’m Ani. I’m really glad you’ve found your way here

I have always loved to travel. I become my favorite version of myself when I’m somewhere away from home. Our planet is insanely beautiful, with an unfathomable number of destinations, cultures, traditions, and languages to share. How could one not be inspired to see it all for themselves? Just take a look at my recent travels via my Instagram page and you’ll see why I am so enamored with our wonderful world. 

Curiosity and excitement always get the best of me, and I strive to keep myself open to new experiences, varying my ways of viewing and thinking about the world. I love meeting people along my travels – swapping stories, exploring together, suggesting next moves. It’s the perfect combination of human connection and terrain exploration. Travel motivates me. I know this feeling isn’t unique to me and I love that I can share this passion with others, like you!

Researching trips is my happy place

Before a trip, I dive headfirst into researching where it is I am going. I want to find the must do experiences, the little recommendations you find deep in others’ postings, the not-so-touristy-can’t-miss places. Many travel bloggers that I follow post these photographs of gorgeous scenes and tell you where the picture was taken, but not what it took to get there. These crucial details – how they arrived, what they did, where they ate and stayed, and necessary pre-planning – always seem to be missing. It makes planning a trip on your own overwhelming. I’m setting out to change that. It’s my biggest motivation for putting together a helpful travel blog.

I started this blog to provide you with travel tips and inspiration. 

My helpful travel blog

This helpful travel blog will provide you with more than just pretty pictures to inspire your next trip. Here, I’ll share itineraries, tips, recommendations, and recounts of my personal experiences to make your next adventure one to always remember! I want to make accessible and realistic travel plans available to my readers. This means less research on your part – and more enjoyment to be had on your trip. I aim to take all of the research out of trip planning by doing it for you. As a result, you can just enjoy the weekend getaway, anniversary trip, or solo travel without the hassle of building a trip from scratch. Best of all – I’m offering personalized travel planning for you. Visit my services page and let me plan your dream trip!

I wish you all safe travels and that ‘I can’t believe this is real, this exists’ feeling you only get when you find yourself somewhere new.

More about me 

Name Ani Maria
Born February 1990
Pet Kato, my Siberian husky
Favorite Experiences Safari in Murchison Falls NP, Uganda; Hot Air Balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey; Hiking in Torres del Paine NP, Chile; RVing for 7 months around the USA
Missing Continents Australia and Antartica 
Bucket List Countries South Africa, Tanzania, Japan, Argentina
Favorite Countries Costa Rica, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda 
Surprises Once I won Northern Virginia Magazine’s Teacher of the Year 2022 award. I’m PADI OW certified. I’ve white water rafted on three continents. I create UGC content for AirBnB’s and Inns/Hotels.  

Leave your questions in the comments and I’ll continue to update this post!