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Pompeii: A Buried Treasure

Stepping into Pompeii is both eerie and amazing. Rows of identical houses are connected by stone slabs, spaced out just enough for Roman chariots to plow through. In fact, you’ll still see what looks like chariot or wagon wheel tracks throughout the city. As if...

Seeing Pisa: The Tiny Leaning Tower

Up close with the leaning tower of Pisa, the iconic structure seems tiny. Tourists with selfie-sticks, crowds of visitors, and street-sellers all crowd to Piazza dei Miracoli (The “Square of Miracles”). Traveling through Italy is both familiar and foreign....

Travel, An Awakening

Travel didn’t always thrill me. The first memory I have of an airport was that ugly tarp in the old Philippine International Departure Terminal. It was muggy and gray, just like my memory of that particular day. The year was 1985. I was five years old, and my parents...

How A Rejection Letter From Google Was The Best Thing That Happened to Me in 2016

I lie. It was pretty devastating. But let me backtrack a bit… In November 2015, I’d heard that a Fortune 500 company was hiring. They needed remote content producers for a travel and tourism-related job. It required at least three years in publishing,...

Travel with Kids: West Bohemia in the Czech Republic

  On my second visit to Western Bohemia, I should’ve known better than to ask the waitress if the restaurant offered anything that “wasn’t so heavy”. “Evry-zing in Czech Republik iss e-vee!” came the curt reply. It was Easter and we were in Františkovy Lázně, a...

Venice Carnival 2016: Travel Tips & Video

  Carnevale Venezia 2016 comes to its grand finale on Sunday, February 10. The world-renowned festival itself is said to come from the Italian words “carne” (meat) and “levare” (to remove or withdraw). In former times, Venetians went all out partying and feasting...

Lake Como in Winter: Budget tips for an Italian Alps holiday

Lake Como may be the destination of the diamond-studded celebrity crowd, but if you know where—and when—to go, you can score a sensational holiday for half the price. For centuries, this pristine lake and its surrounding mountain peaks have been a prime holiday spot...

Hiking in Val Masino

Seeing the Val Masino was like no other landscape I had come across before. Wide, open spaces were scattered with piles of gigantic rock formations. Boulders that seem to have fallen out of nowhere sat majestically between hills and rivers, creating pools of crystal...

Wine Holidays With Kids! The Valtellina Vineyards

The last time I found myself teeter-tottering on terraces in the middle of nature, it was beneath the Sagada sun. The impressive ground below my feet was made up of fields of rice. They were intricately carved and a gleaming green: the famous Philippine rice fields....

An Artist’s Journey Pt. 2: Internal Resistance

(To read “An Artist’s Journey Pt. 1: Dreams and Desires”, click here.)     “One of the things most worth noting in a creative recovery is our reluctance to take seriously the possibility that the universe just might be cooperating with our new and expanded...

Living Asia Adventures

Watch this series of travel documentaries on The Living Asia Channel! It airs 24/7 in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and North America through Dream Broadcasting System and Koreasat 5.

Published Stories

I produce and write authentic travel experiences for radio, podcasts, television, websites, magazines, and books. If you would like to partner with me for your content and storytelling needs, contact nyxmartinez@gmail.com or call +39 338 2113175 (Italy).

 The following are samples of my published stories online. 

 

Partner: VolunteerForever.com, USA

How to Find Ways to Volunteer in Disaster Relief

 

Partner: Asian Traveler Magazine, Philippines

Discovering Ferrara

Northern Italy: Dine Like the Locals Do

Kitesurfing in Bagasbas 

 

Partner: SurferToday.com

The Best Kitesurfing Spots in the Philippines

 

Partner: Tier One Travel

Wine Holidays in Northern Italy

 

Partner: 250k Kite Camp Private Island, Philippines

What to Bring and What to Leave on Philippine Holiday

Kitesurfing Season in the Philippines

Complete Guide to Kitesurfing the Philippines

 

Partner: Vitchelo Camping Gear, USA

Survival of the Most Innovative: 5 Hacks Every Hiker Should Know

6 Hiking Survival Skills To Set Alongside Your First Aid Kit

 

Partner: EuroCheapo Travel, United Kingdom

Venice Carnival: Ten Ways to Save Money and See More

Northern Italy: Ten Ways to Save When Visiting Lake Como

Lake Como in Winter: Budget Tips for an Italian Alps Holiday

Budget guide to Ceské Budejovice (Budweis), Czech Republic

Budget guide to Františkovy Lázne (Franzensbad), Czech Republic

A budget guide to Pilsen (Plzen), Czech Republic

Czech Republic: 3 Great budget destinations beyond Prague

 

Partner: Illustrado Magazine, Dubai

Drawn to Dresden

Lago di Como: Lakeside Splendor

 

Partner: Sangat Diving Resort, Philippines

Paradise in Palawan: Escape to Calamianes

 

Partner: Summit Media, Philippines

5 Ways to Enjoy Christmas if You Are About to be a Mom

10 Tips for Discussing Current Events with Your Child

Executive Editor & Writer, Best of the Best Philippines

This coffee-table travel guidebook was published with the Philippines Department of Tourism. It won a Gold Anvil Award for “Best Public Relations Tool 2017”. A sequel is in the works.

Managing Editor, Mabuhay Inflight Magazine

Philippine Airlines was Asia’s first airline and is still the country’s national flag carrier. I worked as Features Editor and Managing Editor for the publication, before relocating to Europe.

Travel Writer

I partner with media and travel industry professionals to tell authentic travel stories.

These are personal discoveries in culture, cuisine, conversation, and interactions.