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I am Diana,

I am an avid traveler and my goal is to share with you my passion for the world.

I am Portuguese but currently live in Budapest, Hungary. I have also called home to Paris and London.

I am a former journalist who ventured into IT. Now, I am a Business Analyst on weekdays and a writer on weekends.

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You can double your salary easily

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IT jobs are projected to grow 11% in the next 10 years, a much faster pace than any other field of activity. Not only tech jobs are in high demand, but they pay well: the average annual IT salary in the US is $91,250, against only $41,950 for all the other occupations.

Why is this relevant for you if you work in a different field? Because changing is easy! Take my case as an example: I worked as a journalist for 10 years, then did a 5 month IT boot camp, and now I work as an IT Business Analyst…

Living Abroad. France. Paris.

A complete list of the areas inside and around Paris

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Paris is everything you imagine it to be.

Beautiful, chic, full of culture and delicious food. A postcard in every corner. An explosion of life every day.

It is also one of the most visited cities in the world. But why only visit? Why not settle down in one of the world’s most interesting cities? This is exactly what I did 11 years ago. Over the years, I lived there for several periods, in different areas of Paris and the outskirts. …

Travel. California. USA.

Do you need to book a trip to refresh your knowledge?

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California is one of the most well-known states in the US. A land where the sun shines all year round, making the state rich in natural products, that feed its residents and the rest of the country.

It is home to some of the most iconic cities in the world, as well as to gorgeous nature, so diverse that it includes a massive coastline, mountains, and desert.

California is the birth state of innovative technological inventions and a place where culture blossoms like nowhere else in the world.

How well do you know California? …

Travel. Southern Europe. Food.

It includes dessert

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I am Portuguese. But — heads up — I am also vegetarian, which means I don’t eat most of the items on the list below. But, for 27 years, I did, and I am here to tell you about all the Portuguese specialties you must try when you visit my home country.

Portugal has a reputation for delicious food. The country is conveniently located in Southern Europe, and half of its borders touch the Atlantic Ocean, making it an ideal place to try seafood and a healthy Mediterranean diet. This list includes both fish and meat dishes and ends with…

Travel. Western Europe. Portugal.

Have you been to any of these places?

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Lisbon. Portugal’s capital won the World Travel Award’s distinction of Best City Break Destination in 2018 and 2019. The city has seen a steady increase in tourists for most of the past decade.

The sunny weather, the affordable prices, and the incredible offer in terms of culture, food, and activities put this destination on many travelers’ bucket list.

While you can easily spend 3 to 4 days in Lisbon without running out of things to do, if you have a few more extra days when visiting Portugal, you can also consider some day trips to places not too far from…

Take in the raw wisdom of the German-American writer

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Bukowski’s words punch me in the stomach every time I read them.

They’re raw, they’re real, and they depict the worst of the human condition. How is that good? Well, it reminds us, the readers, of what it feels like to be alive. And any reunion with our humanity is welcome in this day and age, if you ask me.

As a writer, how can you follow is footsteps to make your readers feel something when they read your words? Here are some pieces of advice directly from Charles Bukowski.

“Do some living and get yourself a typewriter”

The prime example of this piece of advice is Jack…

If you still don’t love to travel, you will

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In 2018, I put my essentials in a backpack and went traveling across Eastern Europe. For 101 days, I crossed the borders of 14 countries, slept in countless hostels, met incredible people, and learned immensely — about the world, travel, and myself.

These are some of my learnings. But one of them is more important than any other: Nothing can replace experience. Reading about other people’s travels is not the same as getting yourself on the road. Still, let this serve as inspiration.

“Better to see something once than to read about it a thousand times”

— Asian proverb

This One Thing Makes the Whole World Yours


And the lessons you can learn from them

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“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life”

— Mark Batterson

You have no way of knowing how a decision will impact your life. If you could foresee the future, it wouldn’t be a decision, it would be a choice without risk. But, at the very moment you make it, a decision is like gambling.

Still, you can learn from every decision you ever made, hindsight is a great teacher. But it’s also helpful to learn from other people’s decisions, just so you don’t have to learn every life lesson through experience.

At 32, I still have many…

Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg show you how to write better

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When I think of the Beats, I imagine a group of cool people enjoying life, traveling, exploring, and experimenting. People pushing the limits of societal convention and the boundaries of their own bodies and minds. People who passed on their knowledge through their writing.

Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, or Gregory Corso, to name a few, wrote some of the most remarkable pieces of work in American literature.

If you are an aspiring writer, you have something to learn from them. Here are some of the key lessons from their work.

1. Write About What Makes You Passionate

If there is something that makes…

Diana Bernardo

Travel addict writing about the wonders of the world. Visited 30+ countries, lived in 4. Join my travel newsletter: https://bit.ly/3k9xcDF

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