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About AuthenticTravels

My life motto is simple yet comprehensive: “We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting” (Khalil Gibran, poem ‘The Prophet‘) Background in architecture, historic monuments, and cultural tourism Professionally, during the past 20 years, I’ve focused on issues of cultural heritage and resilience tourism, based on my specialization in historic monuments. I graduated Architecture, then I completed two master programs and a doctorate in the field of both cultural tourism and restoration of historic towns. I became a member of various cultural and touristic organizations, among which the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Then, at a certain moment, I decided to change the course of my carrier and became a travel writer, editor, and planner (each step at a time). Working in an office was definitely not for me. I needed to have freedom and to be able to explore the beauties of the world (as my motto says, right?). Not only I started to travel more and for longer periods, but I started the travel of my life, through life. Travel writer, editor, and photographer I am part of Arrivedo’s expert travel writers and write neighborhood guides for different hotels worldwide. As part of my professional writing, I’ve produced travel articles in English for Much Better Adventures, Modern Trekker, Adventure Animals, Matador Network, Arrivedo, Inside Himalayas, Activity Fan, and Sonderers. Thus, here it is a list of my published articles in English (by Iuliana Marchian). Also, I have written in Romanian for the Rulotism, Greciadeweekend, LiterNet, Capital Cultural, and National Geographic journals. Thus, here it is a list of my published articles in Romanian (by Iuliana Marchian). Besides, I am part of the Much Better Adventures team and produce regular content on adventure experiences through the Balkans. Eventually, I have joined Arrivedo’s Editors team and I assist other writers in completing their Neighborhood Guides for hotels. Moreover, when writing is not enough and people want to hear more about my experiences, I’ve accepted the challenge of speaking in public about my travels. It was difficult at the beginning, but I’ve gotten used to it now. When you speak about your passions, there’s no limit. I share my experiences of traveling through my talks at Incubator107 and inspire people to discover themselves through travel. My Travel Style – slow, authentic, flexible During my travels, I get in touch with locals through different communities or simply while I am on the road. For the moment, I travel by myself at a slow pace and seek for authentic places, where tourism hasn’t yet commodified the features of the place. This is a reason why I love what traveling brings into my life. I believe that the people I meet aren’t a coincidence. This way I see how every day of traveling adds a brick to my self-development. I consider traveling the best way of personal development, accompanied by the classic cliché ‘out of the comfort zone‘. Through my travels, I want to bring to light human individuality. I consider that everyone has his or her own travel style, authentic, and free of any boundaries.

Din Cheile Ampoitei la Vartoape – 23 augut 2015

Vreme naspa sus prin munti. Stau eu si ma gandesc ce ma gandesc dupa ce ma intorc ploata de la Paltinis si ma hotarasc ca a doua zi sa mai bag un Trascau mic asa, ca tare bine mi-ar prinde … Continue reading

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Pe dealul Runcului din valea Sadului – 25 iulie 2015

Aveam eu un pitic pe creier să ajung pe nush’ ce culme din muntii Cindrel cu multe colibe. Studiasem eu harta şi văzusem că este o culme care pleacă de pe undeva din Valea Sadului şi ajunge până aproape de … Continue reading

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Muchia Laita si Piscul Bâlii – 18 iulie 2015

Locuiesc în Sibiu, adică aproape de munţii Făgăraşi, dar nici o problemă, asta nu înseamnă că ajung des nici măcar la Bâlea – unde vorba aia se urcă cu maşina pe Transfăgărăşan. Dar dacă sunt destinaţii mai îndepărtate, mă duc … Continue reading

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Coltii Foarfecii – Muchia Turneanu si Scortaru – 22-23 iunie 2015

In Cozia am facut toate traseele, ei bine, aproape toate traseele posibile spre varf. Cert este ca nu prea ma mai pasioneaza sa fac ceva anume, decat daca este scormoneala secolului. Acuma insa situatia era diferita: imi venea in vizita … Continue reading

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In cautarea unei stane in Cindrel – 7 iunie 2015

Aveam eu niste ganduri marete, pe care nu mi le-am realizat inca: sa gasesc o stana usor accesibila in Cindrel unde sa-mi pot duce oaspetii/musafirii/turistii in caz ca ii mananca in palma de o experienta 100 % autentica – adica … Continue reading

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Voluntar la Maraton Apuseni – mai 2015

A merge la Maraton Apuseni sa ajut clubul la organizare este deja o traditie atat pentru mine, cat si pentru restul colegilor de club. Desi mie nu imi plac masele mari de oameni, trebuie sa recunosc ca ma simt emotionata … Continue reading

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Raicani – Piatra Cetii – Poiana cu narcise – Tecsesti – 17 mai 2015

Primavara aceasta parca am innebunit ! As merge in muntii Trascau oricat de mult as putea ! Si culmea este ca am fost de cateva ori anul acesta si inca nu m-am saturat ! De fapt ceea ce ma atrage … Continue reading

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Valea Uzei – Albesti – manastirea Ramet – 9 mai 2015

A venit primavara, s-a terminat deja de ceva vreme autostrada Sibiu – Sebes, ploile se lasa asteptate – si toate acestea inseamna ca este rost de mers mai repede si mai des in muntii Trascau ! Cat nu se prabusesc … Continue reading

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Din nou in Poiana Godea acasa – 3 mai 2015

Nu mai fusesem de ceva vreme pe munte, iar prin imprejurimile Sibiului de inca ceva vreme ! Ce bine ! Asta inseamna ca am calatorit mai mult anul acesta, am vazut locuri noi si am descoperit lucruri interesante. Deci tot … Continue reading

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Cheile Cetii – Baile Romane – 28 febr. 2015

Baile Romane din Cheile Cetii era o locatie care nu-mi dadea pace de ceva vreme, mai bine zis de cand imi promisese Stelica o tura pe acolo si traseul fusese schimbat in ultimul moment. Nu stiam nimic despre aceasta zona, … Continue reading

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