Who's Shelly?

Shelly Viajera Travel belongs to Shelly Dimaculangan, a female traveler from the Philippines. She's currently based in Madrid as an English language assistant under the Auxiliares de Conversacion program by Spain's Ministry of Education. She's a linguist by profession, a writer by passion, and a traveler at heart. 

Where has she been?

Shelly started traveling in 2005. Her lifetime goal is to visit at least 50 countries in the world. By far, she has been to 41 countries in the following order: 

1. Philippines
She has been to 31 out of 81 provinces in the Philippines. She hails from the province of Batangas.
Cities: Batangas, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Zamboanga

2. China
(October 2005)
Cities: Shenzhen

3. Hong Kong
(October 2005, March 2018)
Cities: Hong Kong

4. Singapore
(April 2008, November 2013, February 2018)
Cities: Singapore

5. Macau
(October 2009, September 2014)
Cities: Macau, Coloane

6. Malaysia
(November 2013, March 2016, November 2016, June 2018)
Cities: Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kota Kinabalu

7. Thailand
(November 2013, December 2015)
Cities: Phuket, Bangkok

8. Cambodia
(June 2014)
Cities: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh

9. Vietnam
(March 2015)
Cities: Ho Chi Minh City

10. Brunei
(June 2015)
Cities: Bandar Seri Begawan

11. Indonesia
(November 2015)
Cities: Bali

12. Myanmar
(March 2016)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan

13. Taiwan
(July 2016)
Cities: Taipei

14. Japan
(October 2016)
Cities: Tokyo

15. Laos
(November 2016)
Cities: Vientiane, Luang Prabang

16. South Korea
(March 2017)
Cities: Seoul, Busan

17. India
(August 2017)
Cities: New Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

18. Saudi Arabia
(November 2017)
Cities: Jeddah

19. Morocco
(November 2017)
Cities: Casablanca, Chefchaouen

20. Russia
(March 2018)
Cities: Moscow

21. Armenia
(March 2018)
Cities: Yerevan, Kotayk

22. Georgia
(March 2018)
Cities: Tbilisi, Gudauri, Mtskheta

23. Sri Lanka
(June 2018)
Cities: Colombo, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Sigiriya

24. United Arab Emirates
(September 2018, May 2019, September 2019)
Cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah

25. France
(September 2018)
Cities: Paris, Strasbourg

26. Germany
(September 2018)
Cities: Kehl

27. Spain
(September 2018, May 2019, September 2020 to present)
Cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Granada, Avila, Salamanca, Seville, Cordoba, Valencia, Malaga

28. Nepal
(November 2018)
Cities: Kathmandu, Nagarkot

29. Hungary
(May 2019)
Cities: Budapest

30. Slovakia
(May 2019)
Cities: Bratislava, Devin

31. Austria
(May 2019)
Cities: Vienna

32. Czech Republic
(May 2019)
Cities: Prague

33. Turkey
(September 2020)
Cities: Istanbul

34. Portugal
(June 2021)
Cities: Lisbon, Fatima, Porto
35. Belgium
(November 2021)
Cities: Antwerp, Brussels, Brugges
36. The Netherlands
(November 2021)
Cities: Amsterdam

37. Italy
(December 2021)
Cities: Milan, Florence, Rome

38. Vatican
(December 2021)
Cities: Vatican City

39. Switzerland
(February 2022)
Cities: Basel, Luzern, Interlaken
40. Romania
(April 2022)
Cities: Bucharest, Sinaia, Brasov

41. Malta
(May 2022)
Cities: Sliema, Valletta, Comino Islands

What's behind the blog name?

While a lot of people think that Viajera is her last name, Shelly only uses this alias for her combined love for travel and languages. Viajera means female traveler. in Spanish. She speaks Spanish and her dream destination is Spain.

Why travel blogging and vlogging?

Shelly loves writing and video editing. She took up Bachelor of Arts Major in Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and graduated cum laude. In 2006, she was chosen by Philippine Daily Inquirer, a major broadsheet in the Philippines, to be the only scholar from her university and worked as their intern for Inquirer Sports and Metro sections. She also worked for business newspaper Businessworld as a Special Features Writer. 
In 2009, she studied at Instituto Cervantes to Manila to master Spanish language, which she first learned in the university. Soon, she left print media and shifted career as a Spanish language translator at Accenture Inc. Through these years, she was also given the opportunity to learn Portuguese and German to add to her language expertise.

Where her works be seen at?

Shelly's works were featured in the following:

Tripzilla Magazine:
Why Learning a Foreign Language is the Ticket to Your Next Flight

Tripzilla Philippines:
My 5 Days Solo Trip to Laos For Only P15K (All-in)
Backpacking South Korea: 6 Money-saving Tips for Filipino Travellers
Things to Do in Seoul: Para sa Mga Kinain-na-ng-Kdrama
Backpacking India: My Thoughts as a Solo Female Traveller
What to Do in Taipei's Beitou District for Half a Day
Exploring Chefchaouen - Morocco's Famed Blue City
Why You Should Consider Travelling to Georgia
My Armenia Vacation: A Taste of Europe in Asia
When in France: Paris for First-time Travellers
When in Barcelona: My Itinerary and Easy DIY Travel Guide
5 Places to Visit in Kathmandu, Nepal -- Plus Tips!
How I Crossed From Armenia to Georgia With a Philippine Passport

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