I’m Bárbara, the sole author of this website. I was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the US in 2013 when I started college under a full-ride need-based scholarship. As you might imagine, I have always been on a tight budget traveling, but that has not prevented me from going places. I’ve mostly taken advantage of sponsored travel opportunities and I tend to write about them here. I love being in nature, which is why so much of my traveling revolves around it (though I also have done quite a bit of city sightseeing).
My first big trips abroad were sponsored by my high school when I got selected to represent Brazil a couple times in an international physics competitions. In college and grad school, I managed to get grants to go to conferences and research field trips, and I try to take advantage of those to travel around where I have to go to for work.
Beyond that, as I grew up, started saving more money and learning how to find cheap tickets, the best deals on gear I needed to travel, and more, I finally got to travel on my own time and dime. So if you don’t get to travel for work, my itineraries can still help you!
For me, writing travel itineraries is super FUN. Once I find places I want to go to, I try to find opportunities to do so. Then I do A LOT of research on how to get around and see things without breaking the bank but with at least minimum comfort. So I started writing this website once I realized that those budget-friendly travel itineraries that I took so much time working on could actually be helpful to other people.
If you want to learn about my work in physics, teaching, policy and more beyond just traveling, check out my personal website.
Check out my personal website