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Meet Trisha Velarmino

Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Welcome to my world!

Born and raised in Subic Bay, Philippines, Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She’d like to believe she’s not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time.

2005: I turned 18 and asked for a trip to Hong Kong

Where I am from, you have to have a big celebration when you turn 18. Like a huge party, an intro to society.

I didn’t want to wear dresses or do the 18 roses dance or find my escort so I asked for a Hong Kong trip instead. I always wanted to go to Disneyland!

My mom agreed with the condition that she and my siblings come to the trip. That was my first trip outside of my country and I enjoyed it a lot!

Yup, the whole gang came for my 18th birthday trip.
I traveled with 2 girls I grew up with who are also Liverpool fans.

2011: Premier League Asian tour

Liverpool FC and Arsenal had an Asian Tour. I followed every match and stalked them wherever they were.

I booked expensive tickets, got hungry but still, I was able to see them play live. That was an eye-opener for me to see more places. Thank you, Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas.

From there, I learned that I can travel Asia on my own. My mom didn’t even know that I was already out of the country!

2011: I went to fashion school in Milan, Italy

After the Premier League tours, I wanted to see more of them. It was very timely because there was a Fashion Scholarship posted on my school’s bulletin board.

Coming from a country like mine, we were not really told that we have unlimited options in life as people of color.

I applied and got accepted in a scholarship. From there, I traveled around Europe by myself and told myself, “What?! I can do this?!!!”

I paid 25 EUR to get this pic taken. OMG, never again!
Back when Instagram wasn’t a thing, you take pics in Paris like this.

2012: I got tired of fashion school and traveled

I am a good student. I swear to you. I was raised by a single mother, I always have to strive extra.

But I never really liked being in the fashion industry. It felt so fake and I had to pretend to be someone I’m not all the time. It was taxing!

Without my mom knowing, I left school and traveled around Europe (at her expense) and waited until she found out. I explored many European cities on my own and it was great. Life was good.

2013-2016: From Mexico to Argentina non-stop

My mother found out that I quit school so she cut me off. Like $0 USD. Nothing. I still wanted to travel the world so I found ways on how to do it.

I did odd jobs, volunteered, stayed with local families, and did whatever it took to keep me on the road.

I also started my blog P.S. I’m On My Way and learned that I can make money out of it! Back then, I had a fashion blog so blogging wasn’t challenging for me.

I traveled Latin America for 3.5 years and became fluent in Spanish!

I crossed Latin America, all by land borders. No flying!
Living in Israel was the best year of my life! I really love this country!

2016-2017: Finding a place to call home

After my 3.5 years Latin America trip, I got tired of moving around. I realized I want to have a home – I don’t even know how to pay bills or rent a house!

I first moved to Hong Kong and I truly enjoyed living there. After 6 months of living in HK, I had a call from the tourism board of Israel inviting me to come and create content for them.

I went to Israel for that trip and decided that I want to live in Tel Aviv. I left my whole life in Hong Kong but more on how that happened when I publish my book.

2017-2018: Getting kicked out of Israel and traveling around Asia

In Israel, I had a great long-term relationship with an amazing guy but it was so hard for me to apply for the residency visa in Israel because of their bureaucracy.

My then-boyfriend and I decided we should travel around Asia instead. Israel also told me I need to apply for a visa in my home country.

We left Israel and traveled the whole of Asia! I traveled to Europe first as a young girl so traveling my own region was so fascinating to me!

Bali, one of the cheapest places I traveled to in Asia.
things to do in oaxaca
Pandemic travel? Mexico is still the best destination!

2018-present: Moved to Mexico

My ex and I decided to go separate ways because no matter what we did, Israel won’t give me a visa.

It was a very dark time of my life since I really loved living in Tel Aviv but I had to move on.

Originally, I decided to go from Mexico to Argentina again (and take better pics) but when I came to Mexico, I couldn’t leave and got a residency visa!

Also, as you know, the pandemic happened so Mexico was the easiest country to be in.

I made Mexico my base and I am not living here traveling the whole country and going to other Latin American countries every once in a while.

Today, this blog has helped a lot of travelers around the world on how to make travel their way of life!

My mission has always been to tell stories and deliver honest and transparent journalism. We live in crazy times and with this new normal, I hope this blog will inspire you to live the life you always imagined. It’s not impossible.