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Hello dear reader 😊 I am Mariana and I live in Porto, Portugal (born and raised there, in fact)!

My passion for traveling and all things travel related is kind of recent. When I was younger, I used to travel with my family to Southern Spain and that was pretty much it. But then, when I started my adult life, I began to travel more and that’s when I realized traveling made me feel so damn good!

That feeling of discovering a new place, a new culture, trying out different foods… everything made me feel like the happiest person in the world. I started to book more and more trips to the point that I almost became obsessed with always having the next one booked.

There are so many wonderful places to discover out there that the options are just endless. In fact, I usually say that “I haven’t been there, but it is on my list” 😉

But how did the A Ticket to Take Off project start?

A Ticket To Take Off About Me

Maybe because I have always been a super organized person that enjoys having everything written down with all the details, I was always the one in charge of preparing the itineraries for the trips. Many people hate this part, but I actually enjoy it.

People around me started to notice I prepared very detailed itineraries and began to ask me for them whenever they needed to because they knew they would get a ready to use itinerary.

In fact, don’t tell anyone but planning the trip beforehand is almost half the fun of travelling 🤫 I love putting up the perfect itinerary so I can make the most of my trip. And so, people started suggesting that I should create a travel blog with my itineraries so other people could find them helpful as well.

And that’s exactly what I did in February of 2021 when I decided to launch my travel blog and Instagram page. I knew absolutely nothing about creating a website and all things related. It took me 6 months to put together a website from scratch, but I did it and I am extremely proud of it!! 💪

So, on this travel blog you’ll basically find:

  • detailed itineraries from many destinations across the world and many other tips about those destinations
  • a specific section with many travel itineraries and tips in Portugal (my home country)
  • other travel tips not necessarily related to a specific destination

So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and take off with me 😍

If are enjoying my Travel Blog, you can also follow me on Instagram (@atickettotakeoff), where I give updates about my life and travel plans more regularly.