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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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To all of you who feel like imposters

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I like to think of myself as a travel writer.

But sometimes I feel like an imposter. A useless one, polluting the Internet with yet another story nobody asked for.

When you start writing online, you quickly realize that your work should add value to your readers’ lives. This feels more achievable in articles that make lists of productivity hacks or life-changing books. But how can a travel writer honor her readers’ time and give them something that will make reading worth it?

Can we, travel writers, add more to the world than self-absorbed stories of our last backpacking trip…

Because even long-time minimalists need a reminder every now and then

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My journey into minimalism started quite randomly.

I didn’t know it had a name, nor did I actively pursue it. I just happened to move often and travel constantly so, naturally, I restricted my belongings to the essential ones.

Fast forward eight years, I still like to think of myself as a minimalist, even though I have been living in the same city for almost 3 years, and I don’t travel half as much.

When you have a sedentary lifestyle, minimalism doesn’t come as naturally. You start accumulating things. A kitchen blender, a milk frother, a kettlebell, a comfy cushion…

Useful resources to help you win in life

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The other day, I was driving in my hometown when I saw someone on the floor who had just had an accident. People gathered around him, everyone looking, and nobody doing anything, just waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

And that’s when it hit me: nobody there, including me, knew how to help a person in desperate need. We were a hopeless group of full-grown adults who spent dozens of years at school and university without learning the most basic life skill: staying alive.

It got me thinking: what else should we have learned but we didn’t? And how can…

Learn from Gwyneth Paltrow.

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In 2008, Gwyneth Paltrow was at an enviable point in her acting career. Behind her, almost 20 years of constant work, including big Hollywood productions, the latest of which, “Iron Man”, had just premiered.

Yet, that same year, she launched a weekly lifestyle newsletter named “Goop”. Immediately, the question arose: why? “I remember once I also had a movie coming out around the same time and there was a huge article in the New York Times about why am I doing this? And I thought, this seems extreme, I’m just writing banana nut muffin recipes!”, …

Did they make you happy?

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I’ll admit it: I have a few failed relationships on my portfolio already.

But I don’t regret any of them.

One idea that always both intrigued and enraged me was the notion that being in a relationship with someone who is not “the one” is a waste of time.

Waste: an unnecessary or wrong use of money, substances, time, energy, abilities, etc”, according to the Cambridge dictionary.

So how, exactly, would we consider a relationship a “waste of time”?

A. If it was unnecessary? Well, in technical terms, all relationships are unnecessary. We have them because we enjoy them. Right?

Travel. Paris. Western Europe.

Written by someone who lived in the French capital.

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Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, and it has every reason to be so. It is full of history, it has beautiful architecture, world-renowned gastronomy, and some of the most iconic monuments in the whole of Europe.

It is one of those places that should be on everyone’s bucket list, regardless of their age or personal preferences, because it has something to offer to all those who visit it.

My love story with Paris dates from long ago. I first moved to the French capital in 2010 for a 3-month internship. A few years later…

Travel. Backpacking. Southern Europe.

The story of a random encounter in rainy Sarajevo.

Photo by author. View over Sarajevo.

It was a rainy summer afternoon in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I had finished my lunch at a restaurant in the city center but held on for a little longer while waiting for the rain to stop.

The door of the restaurant opened, as it had many times while I had my meal. But, this time, it wasn’t a customer. It was a big guy in a soaked raincoat, who seemed to know the staff and asked if he could wait inside for the bad weather to pass.

He noticed me and told me something — I don’t remember what…

Travel. Balkans. Southern Europe.

Riding in Cars With Strangers.

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“There are no tickets for tomorrow, miss” — the lady at the bus station told me, not realizing how that would mess up my schedule. “Next day?” — she asked.

No, if I go the next day, I will miss the transfer to the yoga retreat. I need to be at Bajina Basta, in Serbia, tomorrow night. “Really, nothing for tomorrow?” I tried one last time. Nothing.

I bought a ticket for the day after and called the retreat organizer. She told me to get a taxi to the retreat location once I’d arrive at Bajina Basta. “It’s doable, not…

Travel. Bulgaria. Eastern Europe.

Do you know this piece of paradise on Earth?

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The 7 Rila Lakes are a group of glacial lakes, located in the Rila Mountains, in Bulgaria. They are a must-see for any nature lover, providing breathtaking natural scenery and an opportunity to see the gorgeous combination of mountains and lakes.

Each lake has a name that derives from its most characteristic feature:

  1. The Tear (Salzata): it has very clear waters that show the real colors of the lakes
  2. The Eye (Okoto): it has an oval shape, like an eye
  3. The Kidney (Babreka): shaped like a kidney, and it has the steepest shores out of all the lakes
  4. The Twins…

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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