Choosing to be somewhere else
My dear friend Trisha Velarmino, at times, will volunteer for food and accommodation, learn how to eat, cook, speak and live like a local which will allow her to stay someplace long term. She believes that this is the only way to learn about a culture and a country.
I am not traveling. I just choose to be somewhere else, all the time.
Learning about yourself
While learning about others through travel
And with that, I’m so excited to introduce you to Trisha…
Travel Blog: P.S. I’m On My Way | https://psimonmyway.com
Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers.
Navigating through life in your twenties is hard enough. How do you add the stresses of travel and a travel blog to that equation?
If you’re looking for guides, this blog is not it. This is about life – on what happens to you when you try to do what makes you happy (don’t just say it, feel it!) It highlights the greatest things about living a life that you imagine; on not regretting how you approach life differently. I don’t go to famous landmarks and take photos (although that would be a bonus every once in a while) but I just live: letting things flow like I actually live here (or wherever I may be).
There’s no need to rush anyway.
I do, do a lot of things actually! The bulk of my income is from my blog while others are from freelance projects. I also own two companies aside from P.S. I’m On My Way. I did not study this in the University but I did put a lot of time in looking into my audience (mostly millennials) and I was able to understand what this market really wants.
Share one of your favourite travel stories. How do these type of experiences change you as a person?
When I was 23, I went away with a boy in the hopes of building our lives together in his country. Even if we were both from different cultures, where we are from both had the societal pressure about getting married and settling down at this age. I wasn’t traveling much then as I just finished my schooling in Italy. My focus should’ve been looking for a high-paying job but I jumped off a cliff with the dude without knowing what lay ahead.
We traveled together for a long period of time and when it was time to go to his hometown, he chickened out. He woke up one day and said he needed to miss me – a euphemised way of saying “I’m breaking up with you.”
I was devastated because I left everything behind to move halfway around the world. I wasn’t expecting to be in this kind of circumstance. I was sad, angry, and full of hate. We were in Africa back then but I didn’t want to go home because I don’t want to hear the long sermon from my friends and family. I figured, if I wanted to be well, I needed to do it myself.
I went backpacking in South America, eventually healed myself and stayed there for almost 3.5 years, circling all its countries. I became a better person and today, I am very happy to say that I no longer feel that same pain, that I can openly share my story without hurt, that I can say we are in a very good place now as good friends.
From that experience, my empire was born. All my energies were diverted to make a living from the blog. For me, no matter how difficult it was, it was the experience that led me to where I am now.
- What are your top 5 travel rules that you follow every time you travel and why?
- Do not be cheap on food.
- Food should be experiential. Not something that fills your stomach when you are hungry.
- Stay with a local family to learn how to cook and speak the language.
- Always call home.
- Make beautiful mistakes and forgive yourself.
- What are your top travel hacking tips and tricks?
- Flying with budget airlines will make you spend more.
- Staying in places longer (an area or a region) will stretch your financial capability
- Always have a copy of your passport (digital/print) and take a photo of your entry/exit stamp as you get them.
- What are your top 5 travel things you must bring in your carry on, purse and/or satchel?
- A book
What is your most prized souvenir you bought while abroad and what’s its story?
I am not really a souvenir type of person because I started as a backpacker. There wasn’t enough space for me to take more stuff. When I stopped backpacking, I never had the interest to buy stuff. Now that I have my own home, maybe I’ll get there one day.
Where are you off to next and what are hoping to experience, eat, see and/or learn?
I honestly don’t know yet but I am torn between the Balkans (Croatia, down to Kosovo) and the Stans (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, etc). These places are not so popular tourist destinations so I am hoping to discover and write a lot of things that aren’t on the Internet yet!
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