Self-planned trip author's avatarMy name is Maria. Traveling is my passion. I had a regular job in an office for several years. So there were only 14-28 vacation days per year in my calendar. 40 of them I spent for traveling. How did it happen? Some scheduling tricks, trips on weekends and holidays. I would like to get as much impressions from my travels as possible. So I always did my homework before every journey. I write this blog to help you to get useful information and don’t do the same mistakes I did.

About Blog

 Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.Mark Twain

I describe my trips and write short articles that maybe useful to all travelers. Hopefully it will help someone to come into their own adventure all by itself and avoid any unpleasant surprises on the road.

What is special in my blog? I write for the same people as I am. It’s not a reality show of my adventures. I’m not Narcissus. I try to make it objective, useful and informative. I describe my know how, I write about my experience, I do a lot of job for your convenience. But I understand that you need your own impression, so I don’t push mine.

Also my blog is about visiting a lot of places in a short period of time. It’s about balance between comfort and price. I always have strict limits on the time, a limited budget and Napoleonic plans. In Self-Planned Trip blog I write how I work with all this stuff.

My Trips

When I had on office job, every year I had at least 4 trips: snowboarding in the mountains, diving in the ocean, an international dance event, a nature and culture of a new country. And a couple of trips just for new experiences.

I always want to get the most out of every little vacation. Therefore, in the case where more than a thousand kilometers of the journey lasts only three days, well done planning and validated information become extremely important. Official sites offer pretty general information, not really useful for independent traveling. Most of necessary details I learn from blogs and forums. Reading one post after another, collecting numerous names, dates, prices, and the coordinates I create an overall picture of an upcoming adventure. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and efforts, but it worth it.

Countries of Residence


Now I live in Barcelona – one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. When I was here the very first time, I was thinking about the job I needed to be able to live in the city. It looked pretty much impossible. Now look at me!

My Hobbies

  • Snowboarding
  • Diving
  • Freediving
  • Swing dancing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Caving
  • Rafting

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Why Self-planned Independent Trips Are Better Than Tours From Agencies?

Travel agencies offer all the same services and the same tours. I love self planned trips.

  • Firstly, in this case you are your own boss. Time and space belong only to you, no rush, no one has to wait, you can change plans on the fly and to adapt to the circumstances.
  • Secondly, it is an opportunity to visit the non-traditional tourist points and more interesting places that are impossible to reach in case of traveling within large groups.
  • Third, problem solving, hotel searching, buying a ticket on the bus, taking dinner at a small unknown restaurant – all this stuff helps to get into the spirit of the city and the country. Usually travel agencies do it for you and deprive you of this important part of the journey.
  • Fourth, it’s just cheaper.