With Mar Pages, strategy consultant and the former Google employee supporting the travel site in a Lifetime Journey , we speak Within this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts. We chat about why travel is vital, that which triggered her passion for travel, the job with Mar she is doing to assist content creators and other bloggers, and even more. Have a look at her favourite destinations around the planet and find out where she is off to next!
How did your passion for travel begin?
When I was still living in Spain I got headhunted to work for an American conglomerate with hundreds of factories and companies throughout the world to join with their internal auditing team. The job was established in Barcelona, but it involved travel at a time in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 4 weeks, followed by 2 weeks in the workplace. The group was quite varied and more than 30 nationalities. Side by side with colleagues from these distinct ethnic backgrounds to mine in a third-place was brilliant and it found my fascination that is authentic . A year after I was provided a strategy job in Dubai and the weekly journey was sufficient for me to say yes. I then spent 8 years traveling weekly to work in 30 countries. Lastly, I joined Google in another global group.
What does travel mean to you? Do you feel it is critical?
Travel feeds my soul and arranging a trip always lifts my mood no matter how bad a day that I might have experienced. It is a education that helps me understand and discover things on a daily basis. However, most importantly, journey gives me perspective, another viewpoint, another method to do/see what you always did/saw exactly the identical way which will undoubtedly help you reconsider your stereotypes and preconceptions, create you more tolerant and more respectful, but also more grateful for what you’ve got.
You conduct two travel blogs, Once in a Lifetime Journey and Singapore n Beyond. Would you please tell us a bit about these? How did they come about and what causes them to stick out from all the travel content out there?
Once in a Lifetime Journey is the normal growth of the type of journey that I do and have done for almost 15 years: luxurious and outside of the normal. I love to combine spectacular hotels and experiences using the least visited places. Here is the end effect of the sort of job I was able to do as an advisor in the telecom industry in emerging markets once I must work on what is an essential service linking people across Africa, the Middle East and Asia from the 2000s when cellular phones weren’t offered. You can find me lost in a location most can’t locate on a map or on an resort.
In 2018, you left a corporate profession you had been in for fifteen decades. How did that affect your travels?
Singapore n Beyond is the response to a lack of weekend programs for people residing in Singapore with curated itineraries composed by natives.
You’re currently creating marketing consultancy and a influencer. Would you inform us what you expect to do with it and about it?
My travels have shifted in length and frequency. As an employee, I was limited by my vacation days so that I used to take lots of shorter trips more often to enhance long weekends, public holidays, job travel and working from different workplaces, my job gave me a lot of flexibility in that respect, but in addition, it limited me to 17-24 times of holidays.
Just how many days/weeks would you journey in any given year? What types of places do you like to visit?
Now I attempt to take fewer trips of longer length generally being away for 2 to 3 weeks at a time then staying place for 4 weeks.
What do you want audiences to attain and learn from your job?
Apart from that, I visit the exact types of places and travel in exactly the exact identical fashion. When I was convinced I could keep the lifestyle I might continue to stay at luxury places and visit destination, and had, in my dime, I only left my job.
I use very few brands each year, preferring to monetise my stage in different ways and still traveling my way, the identical way I did when I was a consultant or that I worked at Google.
Give us your’Top 5′ record for one of your top 3 destinations. Like even some list of sorts or a mini-guide. It can be anything in your favourite resort, the ideal spot to have lunch, the ideal sightseeing, etc..
I have been operating with brands for close to 3 decades now in various capacities and functions, from big projects like Touring Bird, in which my company was responsible for sourcing all thousands of bits of content, to handling the blogger outreach of different customers, to advising agencies that wish to use content creators.
How many nations have you visited so far?
I began this because I realised I was uniquely positioned to assist both sides work much better and get more out of the collaborations. This is because I’m a blogger myself and now I’ve worked oftentimes taking CMO positions that are interim or advising C-level executives and Boards of Directors, so that I understand objectives and their mindset.
What are your top 3 favourite cuisines?
For each undertaking, I’ll hire appropriate specialists if necessary, or deliver itself with my existing team. I maintain the amount of projects to a maximum of 1-2 at a time to make sure while still managing the blog that I can be involved myself.
What is your favourite restaurant on the planet? What dish do you recommend there?
My aim by doing so is to progress the industry. I expect that by helping brands effectively work with I will assist the industry move forward and faster to collaborations that are win-win. I speak to both audiences at conferences and events, this is a thing I’ve got years of experience performing in consulting where I spoke at several events and had weekly demonstrations.
What is your favourite travel film?
I have been traveling around 150 days per year for the previous 6 decades, almost to the day, without even planning. I journey to either places no one visit or to experience luxury hotels/destinations as stated previously. Often times, the 2 things overlap. As an example, I was in Shanghai that’s a really well-traveled city, and remained at 6 different luxury hotels in the city because it is something I’m passionate about and want to write about, I also booked my Singapore Airlines business class seat on the new A380 to adventure their own dual suites. I got out of the city to spend 5 times at two Alila properties in the countryside, blending luxury. After that, I moved to Turkmenistan which is a location. Earlier I went to three of the most visited countries on the planet: Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu and in Sicily I spent in June staying in the hotels and getting off from the places that were popular.
What is your global airport?
Perspective and respect for different points of view. I visit a whole good deal of places lots of folks don’t wish to visit, have never heard of or have misconceptions about, I really trust that through my unfiltered and well-researched pieces they are sometimes motivated to contemplate or to at least see the nation and above all, its own people, in another light.
Which city had the most friendly people?
Without a doubt, and also in no particular order: Bhutan, a magical place that I visited alone traveling across 4 Amankora properties for 9 days. I spent remaining enjoying experiences and shooting plenty of brief 10 seater airplanes over the landscapes. Even the Pacific, it is a part of the planet I adore and I’ve been to all but one of the nations there on 6 separate excursions, from Bora Bora to Guam, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon, Vanuatu and the three countries I mentioned above, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru.
Who’s your favourite travel companion?
For Bhutan, you should indeed be certain to increase Tiger’s Nest, a truly unique location, spend some time in Pukhara, the reduced lying valley together with the renowned temple, visit Gangtey for the enchanting forests and viewpoints and definitely stay at all of the Aman properties. Be certain so that you can stargaze to go in the season that is ideal, the deficiency of light pollution makes for amazing views of the Milky Way.
What is the perfect way to kill time?
I’m at 112 countries at the moment, and I add about 10 new Nations Each Year, 15-20 Seen in Complete (I revisit a Number of them Annually (Spain) and Other People I go to often (Indonesia, Thailand, India)
What is the most exotic location you have been taken by your career?
Luckily, I reside in Singapore where you can find any cuisine on the planet, but I find myself attracted to Spanish, Mexican and Lebanese. I enjoy of the dishes of those three cuisines.
What is your best bit of travel suggestions for a person who would like to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Lasarte or Disfrutar both in Barcelona.
No matter how many times I keep going back , they are memorable and they have put degustation menus and they are amazing each moment. Disfrutar includes a little bite set menu with molecular cuisine components that can surprise you and if you are Catalan such as me personally, the dishes feature nods to childhood memories.
What are without?
I have zero memory for books or movies, I will watch the exact identical movie several times over and over and not remember I already watched it. But I do enjoy Africa, Africa (and Kenya in particular) is a continent I spent quite a while in and that brings back lots of hot feelings.
What is your ultimate dream destination?
Changi, there is not any airport which comes close to the way effective, amazing, functional and quick Changi is, it is the best airport in the world for many years because of this!
What is your favourite travel quote?
The Philippines as a nation, I would think Manila then. I worked there daily for 2 decades and people smiled no matter how every day that they had, it is infectious and I found myself more joyful the minute I spoke and landed to the immigration officers, how amazing is that?
Where are you headed?
That is a really simple question: My best friend Edwin. We have been to dozens of nations and travel several times per year for the previous 11 decades. He shares the exact pursuits and affordability as me and is to even more states, but above all, he is the easiest person to journey with, I have not seen him mad or losing it, ever, and certainly will always tell you plenty of fascinating things about any location, I tested him!
People watching, assuming that you do not have a telephone with internet. I’m a really curious person, likely the main reason I really like to travel and people-watching is an interesting action anywhere.
Because I used to work in telecoms in emerging markets that I must work in many nations which most individuals don’t visit or watch for brief periods of time or with a specific journey lens, working and living there for protracted periods means you’ve got a very different perspective. In Uganda, and Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, I worked for extended in that way.
Carry something with you who reminds you of the comfort of a home. In my instance, during the years when I traveled weekly to a job, waking up and not having the ability to recall where I was for a split moment, was quite stressful. To keep a sense of consistency I had a little teddy with me and I switched to the BBC World to listen to the information, no matter where I was soon as I opened my own eyes.
Additionally, stay connected with those that you care about and that care about you personally, traveling all of the time or being away from home isn’t necessarily glamorous and nostalgia and privacy can hit everywhere.
My telephone, due to my job and staying connected. A large battery pack. Sunglasses, I am really blinded by the sun. My charge cards. With these four things, I will go pretty much anywhere????
Antarctica, but on a really luxurious and exclusive trip which really remains on the ice and also with the appropriate gear, I’ve dwelt in the tropics for too long!
Travel is the one thing you buy that makes you richer since I really believe in it and it is also the one thing I spend money on!
Rajasthan with my family. We are finally making it happen with 5 stops at hotels and this is my Christmas gift for them last year and exploring a part of the world that I adore with infant nephew, and my mother, sister, brother-in-law.
Mar is a x-Googler and strategy consultant turned on entrepreneur. She is a media adviser helping bloggers and brands, content creators and influencers style, execute and track powerful collaborations and the publisher behind a lavish, Once in a Lifetime Journey and outside of the normal travel site.
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