Author Archives: Maricel Valeza

About Maricel Valeza

Maricel is a globetrotting Filipina and travel writer/blogger who hopes to encourage and inspire ‘kabayans' and other nationalities to explore and discover the hidden treasures of this world. She has traveled to at least 27 countries (and 10 American states) in five continents and thinks her adventures have only just begun. A Certified Corporate Social Responsibility (Sustainability) Professional (CSR-P), she also tries to seek opportunities to make a difference while traveling. She is currently working on raising funds to establish an elementary school for the less fortunate in Cebu City, Philippines and a water well in Sub-Saharan Africa. Follow her stories at www.globetrottingfilipina.com, https://www.facebook.com/globetrottingfilipina or @globetrottingfilipina on Instagram or Twitter.

Riverside Lodge Resort: A Veritable Oasis in Citrus County

Nestled in dense woodlands along SR 44 seven miles east of Inverness, the Riverside Lodge Resort is a veritable oasis right at the heart of Citrus County in Florida. As you enter, an odd-looking life-size statue of a man fishing while sitting on a … Continue reading

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Picking a Life Lesson From a ‘Secret’ Rose Garden

“What’s in there?” I asked Ivan, my brother-in-law, who was driving at the time. I was referring to the rich foliage we were passing by. “Oh, that’s a garden,” Ivan replied nonchalantly. Then he added, “And oh, there’s a rose … Continue reading

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Exploring Historic Oakwood in Raleigh

Tucked away on the northeastern fringe of downtown Raleigh in North Carolina is a cluster of old houses dating back to the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. This neighborhood is called Historic Oakwood, aptly named not only for its … Continue reading

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Corks for Cancer Festival at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

In July this year, I left Orlando and flew all the way to Napa Valley in California to see its world-renowned vineyards. Little did I know that Florida had its own winery, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. I only learned about it when I was … Continue reading

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7 Things to Consider When Applying for a US Visa

For those who require a tourist visa to enter the United States, if you’ve never applied before, you’ve probably heard how difficult it is. Difficult for some, yes, esp., if you’re a first-timer but not impossible. Consider these things when … Continue reading

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Top 15 Free Things to do in Orlando

Aptly called the world’s amusement park, Orlando has an extensive list of must-sees and must-dos. From adrenaline-pumping zip line ride with 120 gators looking from below to a relaxing kayak down winding rivers, you can never run out of things … Continue reading

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Volunteering in Nepal: A Journey Worth Taking

My fascination over Nepal started when I stumbled upon Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air” around six years ago. The book was a personal account of their treacherous climb to Mount Everest. Like Krakauer I wondered what possibly lured men … Continue reading

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Applying for a Visa on Arrival in Nepal

So you’ve been dreaming of seeing the majestic Mount Everest and been wondering what it is like. Or maybe you’ve been longing to go somewhere exotic, far from the madding crowd but somewhere that will not burn a hole in your … Continue reading

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Explore the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Stand in the footsteps of giants Located in the North coast of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, about two miles north of Bushmills and 13 miles from Balllycastle, is the Giant’s Causeway, a striking landscape of basalt columns, whose origin is steeped … Continue reading

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How to explore Washington DC for free

If you’re short on cash but have plenty of time and wouldn’t mind ogling magnificent works of art and digging into the long forgotten past of America, well, here are just some of the things you can do to explore Washington … Continue reading

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