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Globetrotter’s Gazette: The Queen’s Edition

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    Inspiring women to transform their lives through solo travel

    Welcome to The Queen of Trips, an empowering space for solo female travelers. Embark on a journey of self-discovery, courage, and wanderlust as I fearlessly explore the world and share my travel stories along the way.
    Welcome to The Queen of Trips, an empowering space for solo female travelers. Embark on a journey of self-discovery, courage, and wanderlust as I fearlessly explore the world and share my travel stories along the way.

    Hey there! I'm Maribel, The Queen of Trips.

    As a first-generation Latina and elder Millennial from Miami and Medellin, I greatly value my roots and heritage. Despite facing numerous challenges, including breast cancer, I’ve learned to seize every moment. Inspired by this, I set an ambitious goal to explore every country in the world before retirement, firmly believing in making the most of opportunities and living life to the fullest.  I have been solo traveling for work or pleasure since 2007 and have had the privilege of visiting 31 countries. Travel has become a crucial tool in my recovery, helping me heal and rediscover myself. I want to empower other women with my journey, sharing inspiration, practical tips, and heartfelt stories that celebrate the beauty of travel and the resilient spirit within us. Let’s break boundaries and conquer fears, navigate different cultures, savor diverse flavors, and cherish the magic of travel. Life is too short to wonder about ‘what ifs’—let’s make every moment count and show that dreams are attainable, no matter the obstacles.

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    • Happy New Year friends!! 
May your 2024 be filled with love and all of the most beautiful things your heart desires.
    • Hola Hola viajeros! 

The travel streets are calling me but I am taking a 5-month pause from traveling!! 

Why? Because I’m diving headfirst into growing my brand, blog and content creation business and it is really hard to do that while traveling, working a 9-5 and managing a 2nd side business (check out @beveragebellas and @bmsmodels). 

🌍✨ Want to support me on this exciting path? You can do so by subscribing to my blog and free newsletter – both will be your passport to exclusive content including travel news, travel opportunities and inspiration. 

Click the link in my bio to be part of the adventure! 

____________________________

¡Hola, hola viajeros!

Las calles del mundo me llaman, ¡pero estoy tomando un descanso de 5 meses de viajar!

¿Por qué? ¡Porque quiero meterme de lleno y con el alma a hacer crecer mi marca, blog y negocio de creación de contenido y es realmente difícil hacer eso mientras viajo, trabajo en un empleo de 9 a 5 y gestiono un segundo negocio (échale un vistazo a @beveragebellas y @bmsmodels)!

🌍✨ ¿Quieres apoyarme en este emocionante camino? Puedes hacerlo suscribiéndote a mi blog y a mi boletín gratuito, ambos serán tu pasaporte a contenido exclusivo que incluye noticias y oportunidades de viaje e inspiración.

¡Haz clic en el enlace en mi biografía para formar parte de la aventura!
    • 5 años de VIDA! 
Hoy tomé un tiempo para reflexionar sobre este viaje que absolutamente nadie desea emprender.

He conquistado miedos, me he alejado de cualquier cosa que apagara mi luz y me he enfocado en mis metas. Aprecio la vida y trato de celebrar metas grandes o pequeños.
He crecido exponencialmente durante este tiempo, lo suficiente como para sentir que he vivido 10 vidas.

Espero vivir muchos más años llenos de aventuras y con el amor de mi familia y amigos.

¿Cuál es una meta que esperas celebrar pronto?

#sobrevivientedecancer #cancerdemama #cancerdeseno #prevenciondecancer #elcancerdemamanoesrosa
    • 5 Years of LIFE!!
I took some time today to reflect on this journey that absolutely no one wants to go on. 

I have conquered fears, distanced myself from anything that dimmed my light, and have focused on my goals. I cherish life and try to celebrate milestones big or small. 
I have grown exponentially during this time, enough to feel that I have lived 10 lives. 

I hope to live many more years filled with adventures and with the love of my family and friends. 

What is a milestone that you are looking forward to celebrating? 

#fuckcancer #breastcancer #breastcancerfighter #cancerpatient #actionnotawareness #cancersurvivor #cancersucks
    • Why I believe in traveling passionately. 

About 2 months ago I bought mom a trip as her 70th bday present.  She turned 69 this year but because of the rare cancer she is going through, I didn’t want to wait until next year to gift her something like this. 

Because cancer is a bitch and an emotional rollercoaster, two weeks after I bought the plane tix and started to plan the trip, new nodes showed up. The oncologist thought it was a recurrence  and she may have to go through another biopsy, change of treatment, etc🤦🏾‍♀️. He said she may not be able to go on this trip at all. We had to wait 6 weeks for the next scan for him to make a decision. 

Let me tell you that we are leaving in two weeks with the oncologist’s consent. The new nodes are stable and for now we celebrate!!!! 

Mom cried not only because getting stable results  is great news but she will be fulfilling the dreams she had as a teenager. When she was young, travel for pleasure wasn’t financially accessible. My grandparents and some of their children migrated to the US in the 60s to work hard nonstop, and to provide their children with the opportunities that they never had. 

This is why I always say that if traveling is your passion, it is important to travel as much as you can, while you still can. 

This is a reminder to myself that this is  my why. 

In the face of life's challenges, we've learned that dreams are worth chasing, no matter what. This trip is not just about celebrating Mom's 70th; it's a tribute to our family's journey and a reminder that life is meant to be lived fully. 🌍

_____________________________

Español en los comentarios
    • Como consigo pasajes baratos?  Siendo flexible

Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. 

Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. 

Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    • How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. 

Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
    • So many of them… please 😆
    Happy New Year friends!! May your 2024 be filled with love and all of the most beautiful things your heart desires.
    2 months ago
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    Hola Hola viajeros! 

The travel streets are calling me but I am taking a 5-month pause from traveling!! 

Why? Because I’m diving headfirst into growing my brand, blog and content creation business and it is really hard to do that while traveling, working a 9-5 and managing a 2nd side business (check out @beveragebellas and @bmsmodels). 

🌍✨ Want to support me on this exciting path? You can do so by subscribing to my blog and free newsletter – both will be your passport to exclusive content including travel news, travel opportunities and inspiration. 

Click the link in my bio to be part of the adventure! 

____________________________

¡Hola, hola viajeros!

Las calles del mundo me llaman, ¡pero estoy tomando un descanso de 5 meses de viajar!

¿Por qué? ¡Porque quiero meterme de lleno y con el alma a hacer crecer mi marca, blog y negocio de creación de contenido y es realmente difícil hacer eso mientras viajo, trabajo en un empleo de 9 a 5 y gestiono un segundo negocio (échale un vistazo a @beveragebellas y @bmsmodels)!

🌍✨ ¿Quieres apoyarme en este emocionante camino? Puedes hacerlo suscribiéndote a mi blog y a mi boletín gratuito, ambos serán tu pasaporte a contenido exclusivo que incluye noticias y oportunidades de viaje e inspiración.

¡Haz clic en el enlace en mi biografía para formar parte de la aventura!
    Hola Hola viajeros! The travel streets are calling me but I am taking a 5-month pause from traveling!! Why? Because I’m diving headfirst into growing my brand, blog and content creation business and it is really hard to do that while traveling, working a 9-5 and managing a 2nd side business (check out @beveragebellas and @bmsmodels). 🌍✨ Want to support me on this exciting path? You can do so by subscribing to my blog and free newsletter – both will be your passport to exclusive content including travel news, travel opportunities and inspiration. Click the link in my bio to be part of the adventure! ____________________________ ¡Hola, hola viajeros! Las calles del mundo me llaman, ¡pero estoy tomando un descanso de 5 meses de viajar! ¿Por qué? ¡Porque quiero meterme de lleno y con el alma a hacer crecer mi marca, blog y negocio de creación de contenido y es realmente difícil hacer eso mientras viajo, trabajo en un empleo de 9 a 5 y gestiono un segundo negocio (échale un vistazo a @beveragebellas y @bmsmodels)! 🌍✨ ¿Quieres apoyarme en este emocionante camino? Puedes hacerlo suscribiéndote a mi blog y a mi boletín gratuito, ambos serán tu pasaporte a contenido exclusivo que incluye noticias y oportunidades de viaje e inspiración. ¡Haz clic en el enlace en mi biografía para formar parte de la aventura!
    4 months ago
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    5 años de VIDA! Hoy tomé un tiempo para reflexionar sobre este viaje que absolutamente nadie desea emprender. He conquistado miedos, me he alejado de cualquier cosa que apagara mi luz y me he enfocado en mis metas. Aprecio la vida y trato de celebrar metas grandes o pequeños. He crecido exponencialmente durante este tiempo, lo suficiente como para sentir que he vivido 10 vidas. Espero vivir muchos más años llenos de aventuras y con el amor de mi familia y amigos. ¿Cuál es una meta que esperas celebrar pronto? #sobrevivientedecancer #cancerdemama #cancerdeseno #prevenciondecancer #elcancerdemamanoesrosa
    5 months ago
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    3/8
    5 Years of LIFE!! I took some time today to reflect on this journey that absolutely no one wants to go on. I have conquered fears, distanced myself from anything that dimmed my light, and have focused on my goals. I cherish life and try to celebrate milestones big or small. I have grown exponentially during this time, enough to feel that I have lived 10 lives. I hope to live many more years filled with adventures and with the love of my family and friends. What is a milestone that you are looking forward to celebrating? #fuckcancer #breastcancer #breastcancerfighter #cancerpatient #actionnotawareness #cancersurvivor #cancersucks
    5 months ago
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    4/8
    Why I believe in traveling passionately. 

About 2 months ago I bought mom a trip as her 70th bday present.  She turned 69 this year but because of the rare cancer she is going through, I didn’t want to wait until next year to gift her something like this. 

Because cancer is a bitch and an emotional rollercoaster, two weeks after I bought the plane tix and started to plan the trip, new nodes showed up. The oncologist thought it was a recurrence  and she may have to go through another biopsy, change of treatment, etc🤦🏾‍♀️. He said she may not be able to go on this trip at all. We had to wait 6 weeks for the next scan for him to make a decision. 

Let me tell you that we are leaving in two weeks with the oncologist’s consent. The new nodes are stable and for now we celebrate!!!! 

Mom cried not only because getting stable results  is great news but she will be fulfilling the dreams she had as a teenager. When she was young, travel for pleasure wasn’t financially accessible. My grandparents and some of their children migrated to the US in the 60s to work hard nonstop, and to provide their children with the opportunities that they never had. 

This is why I always say that if traveling is your passion, it is important to travel as much as you can, while you still can. 

This is a reminder to myself that this is  my why. 

In the face of life's challenges, we've learned that dreams are worth chasing, no matter what. This trip is not just about celebrating Mom's 70th; it's a tribute to our family's journey and a reminder that life is meant to be lived fully. 🌍

_____________________________

Español en los comentarios
    Why I believe in traveling passionately. About 2 months ago I bought mom a trip as her 70th bday present. She turned 69 this year but because of the rare cancer she is going through, I didn’t want to wait until next year to gift her something like this. Because cancer is a bitch and an emotional rollercoaster, two weeks after I bought the plane tix and started to plan the trip, new nodes showed up. The oncologist thought it was a recurrence and she may have to go through another biopsy, change of treatment, etc🤦🏾‍♀️. He said she may not be able to go on this trip at all. We had to wait 6 weeks for the next scan for him to make a decision. Let me tell you that we are leaving in two weeks with the oncologist’s consent. The new nodes are stable and for now we celebrate!!!! Mom cried not only because getting stable results is great news but she will be fulfilling the dreams she had as a teenager. When she was young, travel for pleasure wasn’t financially accessible. My grandparents and some of their children migrated to the US in the 60s to work hard nonstop, and to provide their children with the opportunities that they never had. This is why I always say that if traveling is your passion, it is important to travel as much as you can, while you still can. This is a reminder to myself that this is my why. In the face of life's challenges, we've learned that dreams are worth chasing, no matter what. This trip is not just about celebrating Mom's 70th; it's a tribute to our family's journey and a reminder that life is meant to be lived fully. 🌍 _____________________________ Español en los comentarios
    6 months ago
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    Como consigo pasajes baratos?  Siendo flexible

Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. 

Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. 

Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    Como consigo pasajes baratos?  Siendo flexible

Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. 

Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. 

Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    Como consigo pasajes baratos?  Siendo flexible

Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. 

Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. 

Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    Como consigo pasajes baratos?  Siendo flexible

Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. 

Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. 

Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    Como consigo pasajes baratos?  Siendo flexible

Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. 

Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. 

Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    Como consigo pasajes baratos? Siendo flexible Aqui te explico un poco mejor en que areas puedes ser flexible para encontrar ofertas de vuelos. Y que pasa si estas fijo en un solo destino? Pues ahi se complica un poquito la cosa pero no es imposible. Comienza por buscar vuelos desde aeropuertos alternos. Ejemplo: un boleto de FLL (Ft Lauderdale) a CDG (Paris) siempre va a ser mas caro que de MIA a CDG. Tipicamente tambien es mas barato viajar de JFK o LGA (Nueva York) que volar de MIA (Miami) a Paris. Siempre reviso múltiples aeropuertos. Como haces para buscar pasajes baratos?
    8 months ago
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    How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. 

Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
    How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. 

Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
    How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. 

Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
    How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. 

Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
    How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. 

Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
    How being flexible helps me find cheap flight deals like flying to Europe for under $500 USD. Scroll and share if this tip can help a friend
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    So many of them… please 😆
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