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Introducing the “Passport to People Series” where I’ll take you around the globe, via inspiring, creative souls I’ve met while on my travels!

Meet the solo adventurer behind Go Viajero, Melchor Bernardo. I’m excited to begin the year with a fellow blogger I admire wholeheartedly. Mel for short, is one of Tim’s coworkers at the international school he works at and is also a Pinoy like myself (the nickname for Filipinos)! I might be biased when it comes to Filipinos but from the moment I first met him, I was drawn to his lightness of being and warmth. He exudes a sense of kindness and ease to him that most don’t. I felt like we had known each other for a long time. He has since inspired me with frequent jaunts around Vietnam, a fan of weekender trips, and his love of teaching. The travel blog he runs doubles as a TEFL/TESL resource for aspiring and/or teachers already in the field. I also envy his dedication and steadfastness to the work he’s produced and hope to one day have the same work ethic. So without further ado, here’s Mel!

Hello Mel! Thank you for joining us today!  Let’s start with the basics: what is your favorite thing about traveling?

Catching the sunrise on the beach, exploring a new city, eating whenever I want and going wherever I want. I totally love my 9-5 job and I even blog about what I do, but traveling gives me a wonderful break from the work routine. It’s rejuvenating.

Where do you go for travel inspiration?

Tripadvisor and Two Monkeys Travel Group (it’s a blog).

What is your travel mantra?

“Take the road less traveled.” I love going off the beaten track where I can have more room for do-it-yourself exploration.

Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?

I am a big Game of Thrones fan so my ultimate bucket list include most of the series’ filming locations such Northern Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Morocco and Iceland.

What’s a song that puts you in the traveling mood?

Sun Daze” by Florida Georgia Line specially the part that says “Work a little less, play a little more; That’s what this day is for!”

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The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Let’s ger to the fun stuff! You, unfortunately, have been condemned to die. But fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?

I will go for chicken adobo. Comfort food, man!

Best foreign phrase you know and why?

Anh yeu em” which is a Vietnamese way of saying I love you to a girl. Works every time!

A DSLR camera. Great photos last a lifetime!

What is the oddest place you’ve ever been to?

Oddest place would be the Australian Outback, particularly Uluru rock and the domes of the Olgas.

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(Note: this instagram is not real). To follow Mel on instagram, add @pinoy_viajero.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten.

I’m sure it wasn’t a cockroach but it was an awful-looking insect sold in the streets of Cambodia. It tasted like potato chips until I felt the legs stuck in my teeth.

Most overrated country?

Thailand. Haha…

You have just won a trip around the world! List twelve cities on your flight path.

Kathmandu, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Athens, Bern, Rabat, Reykjavik, Valleta, Havana, Malé, El Nido.

What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then”?

That winter or a freezing weather takes the fun out of traveling. I’m from a tropical country, so yeah, that’s it. Brrrr!

Here are some pictures taken on Mel’s travels…

Biggest lessons learned on the road?

I learned this the hard way: don’t be trusting and always be extra cautious.

Memorable advice from a stranger?

Get out of your hotel room and do what you came here for.

Travel book you most wish you have “lived through.”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Any strange travel rituals?

I don’t travel on a Friday the 13th if that counts.

Hahaha, love it! Thank you so much for sharing your traveling ways Mel!  Wishing you more adventures in 2017!

Be sure to check out their blog and social media!

Travel blog: Go Viajero!

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Filipina-American Millette Stambaugh is a thirty-something former expat who has traded her nomadic ways for Philadelphia living. Corporate worker by day, content creator by night, Millette specializes in visual storytelling and joyful journeys and wants to help others find their "next somewheres." Follow her escapades on Instagram, Youtube, and Tiktok @thenextsomewhere.


  • January 5, 2017

    I love your photo on a beach (or in the desert). You made it exactly as a postcard ! :)) I feel like going in holiday right now. ANd I have a passport 🙂

  • January 5, 2017

    I won’t travel on Friday 13th either and people think I am strange but it is glad to know that I am not alone. I am not a great flier anyway but to fly on that particular day would cause me no end of worry.

    It is great to read about other Travel Writers in this way, getting to know more people in the blogging community.

  • January 5, 2017

    Oh I love that he goes to Travel Monkeys for travel inspiration! That’s awesome. That tip about not to be too trusting is so hard to balance but being aware is definitely a good tip.

  • January 5, 2017

    I love this series! I keep getting more and more reasons to start watching Game of Thrones! I love that he has travel destinations based on that show! A friday the 13th is coming up too!!!! We will be traveling that day! Spooky!!!

  • January 5, 2017

    Wow those are some beautiful photos, and Mwl sounds like a great guy 🙂 i’m a bit worried about travelling bext Friday 13th, I might try & change my plans!!

  • January 5, 2017

    Great interview. Done a few of these things myself…including eating some kind of rock haha! Possibly why I’m a veggie now. I also avoid travelling on Friday 13th when possibly.

  • January 6, 2017

    That’s great of you for featuring a travel blogger you really admire the most in your own travel blog. He’s indeed truly inspiring. I’m going to check his jaunts as well. Thank you for sharing about him.

  • January 9, 2017

    i love this interview. Mel sounds like a lot of fun. I wonder why he’s picking chicken adobo over pork adobo. 🙂 Not many Filipinos would do that haha

  • October 4, 2022

    we miss you mr mel
    from the student of lsts

  • Lsts student 15

    October 13, 2022

    this used to be my English teacher from grade 6, he’s a wonderful teacher and a caring one too


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