Maria of Map And Camera lookings at a dam in Bulgaria

About Me

Here’s what you might want to know about me.

I am Maria, a travel and photography addict. I started actively traveling in 2000 and have since visited over 30 countries on 4 continents. I love to return to some of them whenever I can. I try to travel as much as possible, balancing my wanderlust with my full-time job and caring for my family.
🌍I know the world is a big place and a lifetime isn’t enough to see it all, but that shouldn’t stop me from trying, should it?

Why Trust Me

I am an independent traveler. I thoroughly research my destinations, plan my itineraries, and book my flights and accommodations. I often book tours with local guides. I always learn a lot about local life from them, as well as details and curiosities that only locals know. I always rely on their recommendations for restaurants and activities. Wherever I go, I look for the best places to take pictures. Some I find after a lot of research, some the locals suggest, and some I discover on my own.

What You Will Find Here

The blog is where I share my decades of first-hand experience in:
πŸ—ΊοΈItineraries
🧳Destination tips and travel advice
✈️Transportation
🏨Accommodation
🚑Must-see and off-the-beaten-path places
🎫The best tours to choose from
πŸ“·The best places to take photos and their locations
πŸ–ΌοΈAnd, of course, many of my own photos to inspire you on your travels.

Places I’ve Visited

πŸ“Albania – Durres, Berat, Tirana, Golem

πŸ“ArgentinaBuenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Los Glaciares, Puerto Madryn

πŸ“Austria – Vienna, Salzburg

πŸ“Belgium – Brussels

πŸ“Brasil – Iguazu Falls

πŸ“Bulgaria – It is my home country, so I’ve visited most of it.

πŸ“Chile – Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, Valparaiso, Santiago

πŸ“Croatia – Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split

πŸ“Czech – Prague, KonopiΕ‘tΔ›

πŸ“England – London

πŸ“EgyptAbu Simbel, Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Giza, Karnak, Philae Island

πŸ“Estonia – Tallinn, Tartu, Soomaa National Park

πŸ“France – Ajaccio, Marseille, Strasbourg

πŸ“Germany – Berlin, Munich, Landshut, Regensburg, Neuschwanstein

πŸ“Greece – Corfu, Athens, Crete, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Kavala, Metheora, Thassos, Halkidiki

πŸ“Hungary – Budapest, PΓ©cs

πŸ“IrelandDublin, Bunratty, Corcomroe Abbey, Doolin, Howth, Kinvara, Malachide, Cliffs of Moher

πŸ“Italy – Genoa, Alberobello, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Cagliari, Civitavecchia, Ferrara, Ischia, Matera, Palermo, Pompeii, Pozzuoli, Ravenna, Rome, Ostia Antica, Savona, Milan, Venice, Verona, Siena, Florence, Herculaneum

πŸ“Isle of Man – Douglas, Peel, Laxey, Ramsay, Port Erin

πŸ“JordanPetra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Amman, Jerash, Madaba

πŸ“Malta – Valletta, Sliema, Marsaxlokk, Mdina

πŸ“Moldova – Kishinev

πŸ“MontenegroKotor, Budva, Bar, Herceg Novi, Perast, Sveti Stefan

πŸ“Morocco – Casablanca, Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakech

πŸ“North Macedonia – Ohrid, Struga, Kriva Palanka

πŸ“Northern Ireland – Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede, The Dark Hedges

πŸ“Peru – Trujillo

πŸ“Poland – Warsaw

πŸ“Portugal – Aveiro, Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, Sintra

πŸ“RomaniaBucharest, Ploiesti, Brasov, Sinaia, Slanic, Bran Castle

πŸ“Serbia – Belgrade, Nis, Rajac

πŸ“Slovakia – Bratislava, Devin

πŸ“Spain – Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Madrid, La Manga, Murcia, Toledo, Avila, Cartagena, Lanzarote, Malaga, Segovia,Tenerife, Trujillo, Valencia

πŸ“TunisiaTunis, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, El Jem, Kairouan, Matmata, Djerba Island, Chott el Djerid, Mos Espa

πŸ“Turkey – Antalya, Aspendos, Cappadocia, Demre, Mira, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Halki, Pamukkale, Side, Izmir, Perge, Ayvalik, Pergamon, Edirne, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Mount Nemrut, Midyat, Harran, Dara, Gobeklitepe, Halfeti

πŸ“Ukraine – Kiev, Odessa

πŸ“Uruguay – Montevideo, Punta del Este, Colonia del Sacramento

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maria@mapandcamera.com

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