Lourdes Martin

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Collect Experiences, Not Things

“Collect experiences, not things.” I’m not sure who the first person to coin this phrase was, but they were spot on. As an avid traveler / travel blogger,  turned travel designer (Vita Brillanti Travel),  I’ve always placed the highest valued on the experiences,…

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A Peruvian Family Brings Authentic Food To New Jersey

  The first time you meet Lizeth Morales, you can’t help but smile! We’ve only had the pleasure to meet over Zoom (no surprise there! haha) but she has a contagious energy  that’s pretty amazing. You start to wonder –…

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More Than A Cookbook: A Love Story About Afghan Food and Culture

It is very rare to find a cookbook that connects history so well with the recipes it features – and maybe I  just haven’t read enough cookbooks (totally possible! haha!) but Parwana caught my eye because it was different.  In…

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I launched a curated shop of travel mementos from around the world!

  Friends, it’s been a long time.  I took some much needed time away  to continue consulting (for those new around here – while blogging, I have consulting gigs in the creative space) and dig deeper into where I  want…

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Interview with Dr. Saghar Birjandian

What my career in transitional justice and peace-building taught me about travel.

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Escape: Cartagena, Colombia

So excited to finally share the guide for Cartagena! I went to Cartagena to celebrate my cousin’s bachelorette and it was my first time in Colombia. I had such an amazing time and already want to go back with Thomas!…

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36 Hours In Milwaukee During The Winter

Milwaukee has been on my radar since we moved to Chicago.  Mainly because it’s so close to us and because last Summer they were featured by Vogue and called “coolest and underrated midwest city”… so I obviously had to and…

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The Packing Memo

  I realized that so much of the travel content I produce for you is guides and travel stories about where to go and what to do when you first arrive in a new country but I don’t really share…

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Books That Will Inspire You To Travel

Is there anything better than curling up on the couch with a glass of wine and a coffee-table book? I love coffee-table books especially when they inspire me.  Truth be told, I would have way more than what I have…

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