Cat Mariano's a Portuguese-born, UK-based blogger who’s passionate about all things travel, fashion and lifestyle.
She blogs about things she’s passionate about and loves to share her personal stories. Find out even more about Cat from her IQPlanner profile page.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I've been blogging for a couple of years now. Initially, I only focused on beauty and fashion, but since I started traveling, I changed my blog to include my new passion, travelling.
My main goal’s to help, guide and inspire people through my blog posts.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
I'd probably say Arraial do Cabo, Edinburgh, and Porto. Arraial do Cabo is where I was able to experience nature to its fullest. From untouched beaches to being able to scuba dive and be in contact with plenty of water species.
Edinburgh is probably the city where I've learned the most. Theres so much history and amazing architecture in just one place.
Porto is my home, and where I grew up. I think you all agree that there's no place on earth as beautiful as your home. But Porto has the most amazing views, architecture, food and people in the world.
What's the best thing about being a travel blogger?
You get to share your thoughts, experiences with such a wide demographic. I have the nicest readers I must say!
I also get to learn a lot while sharing with fellow bloggers, plus you get to meet incredibly amazing people along the way.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
I would say it’s the hate we get sometimes. Unfortunately, hate comments and Instagram direct messages (DMs) are a lot more common than people think.
There’s a lot of people out there that instead of spreading love just simply decide to leave mean comments or send offensive DMs.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Do what you love, don't focus on views and followers. Have unique content and most importantly, be proud of it.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
I very rarely take them. I think I’ve never taken anything besides the complementary water.
What's at the top of your list for destinations this year?
Bali! I've been wanting to visit for ages and finally, I'll get to spend a few days there.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
I’m passionate about everything I create, I post my personal thoughts and experiences. There are no scripts, just me and sometimes my friends and family.
Everything I post, whether it's a video or a blog post, is something I believe in, and am truly proud of.
What's the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
I’m very picky with what I eat because I’m vegan. Because of my lifestyle when I am travelling, I don't get to try most of the traditional foods, therefore there's nothing strange that I've tried before.
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
Porto, Portugal. Like I said before, it's my home, and brings back all the memories.
Where’s your next adventure?
At the time of writing, it’s off to Budapest. I'll be traveling there with my best friend.
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