Once someone asked me if I was a poet, and it was one of the best compliments I’ve ever received.

I was sitting at a rickety oak table inside a Puerto Rican café in San Juan. My coffee-stained, leather-bound journal sat in front of me. I chewed absent-mindedly on the end of my lucky ballpoint pen.

After a few minutes of musing, I furiously scribbled in my journal, whose edges were curling from the hot condensation and the many close calls of nearby tea spills, threatening to erase all the “sonnets” I wrote.

A woman from New York, who emigrated from Indian, leaned over from her adjacent wooden table and asked, “Poeta?” She smiled a wide toothy grin as I looked at her, a little stunned and confused. My mind whirled as I tried to translate her Spanish phrase laced with her heavy Indian accent.

I shook my head no and gave her a shy smile. But inside I was buzzing. For once, I was recognized for something I treasured.

Writing — that’s what makes me tick. Whether it’s jotting down tasks on a list, or pouring my soul into prose. And there, in that Puerto Rican cafe, I decided something. I was going to galavant after that passion until my lungs burned with fatigue and my legs dared to buckle underneath me.

Writing coupled with my adventurous soul, that seemed like the golden ticket. So I started this blog. I wanted to tell stories about the adventures I had embarked on and the ones I coveted so greatly.

Here I am, ready to absorb it all and share it with you.


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I’m Martha a full-time freelancer and blogger. I started traveling when I was just a babe, at 1-year-old, and my parents took me on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. Every year after that my family would embark on adventures all over the United States. Then I started embarking on solo adventures.

As I jetted across the United States, then the world, I took my work in tow. I started as a newspaper reporter and then transitioned into a freelance journalist and blogger. No matter where I was trotting off to, I had Minnesota to call home.

Why did I embark on the path of becoming an entrepreneur? I wanted a challenge. Driven and engaged are two words that describe me well. Every morning I woke up intending to conquer all my goals and challenges. And one early morning, while pondering over my journal and chewing on my pen, Quirky Globetrotter came to me.

Quirky Globetrotter is a travel guide, written with guidance and recommendations from locals. It boasts what truly is authentic and truly special about a destination. My blog offers tips and tricks for travelers to enjoy the country’s best, hidden spots. Whether pristine views or cultural hot spots, I scout them out and report back to my readers. Finding the untouched, hidden gems in far-off places is my passion. Quirky Globetrotter is an aficionado of road trips and unique destinations that seem unharmed by the tourism industry. It’s real, authentic travel experiences that I share with my readers.

I also branch outside my typical tips and tricks blog posts and write deeper, connecting stories. I started a journal entries section on my blog where I document my inner head musings while I’m abroad. It started with my first international, solo trip to Puerto Rico. Furthermore, I started talking about injustices and encouraging readers to be more accountable in their travels.

Interested in my story? Let’s work together! I’d love to hear from you.

What else should you know about me? 

  • While I’m working furiously on my many projects, I always have a freshly brewed cup of caffeine within arm’s reach.
  • I’m also a chronic list-maker who constantly is digging up new things to add to my bucket list. (I’ve nearly checked off ‘visit all 50 states’ from the list — only six more to go!) I also aim to eat pizza in every state.
  • Most of my travel inspiration comes from Pinterest, Instagram and the dog-eared novels that clutter my tiny apartment. I was born a storyteller and aspire to write a novel while in the depths of the jungle someday.
  • I’m an award-winning journalist, photographer and travel blogger. I credit my gift of storytelling to my grandpa.
  • “Fearless” is my life’s motto.

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