Welcome to the next installment of our new interview series highlighting the amazing writers who make the RoamRight Travel Blog possible. Today we’re chatting with Norbert Figueroa. Norbert is an architect who hit the pause button on his career in 2011 to do a round the world trip. He's been blogging for over three years at Globotreks.com, where he shares his travel experiences, budget travel tips and a good dose of world architecture. From hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to diving with great white sharks, he is always on the search of adrenaline and adventure. Norbert is originally from Puerto Rico and has traveled to more than 80 countries in 5 continents and his goal is to travel to all 193 U.N. recognized countries. Follow Norbert on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Norbert: I started my blog back in 2010 as a hobby, right after I came back from a backpacking trip in Europe. It was more a place to share my travel stories with a few friends, but eventually, it took off and became my profession in a way. In the beginning, I was quite shy and embarrassed about my writing since I had never done anything like this, but eventually I felt more comfortable and started sharing my posts with more people and took my time to learn and improve.
Norbert: Oh, I've had so many but all the rewarding travel moments that come to mind involve the generosity of some stranger. But, one moment does stand out. Long story short, I arrived in Uganda by mistake (yeah, things like that can happen), so I stepped into the airport with no visa and absolutely no knowledge of what to do or where to go. It was past midnight, so the airport was almost empty. A woman sees my frustration with the situation and offers some help. Have in mind that this is my first time in Africa, so I have no idea if to trust or not. I accepted. Turns out, this woman was like my "guardian angel" in Uganda. She took me to town, arranged everything for me to stay safe, recommended things to do, and much more. To this day, we are still friends.
Norbert: Oh lord... so many. I've been assaulted at knifepoint in Morocco and gunpoint in Kyrgyzstan. I was in a car crash in Russia and broke a tooth in Thailand. But, I think the most "memorable" was when I fell from a Mayan pyramid in Honduras. I tumbled all the way from top to bottom. At first I thought I was lucky, and nothing happened to me except for a few scratches. Then when I looked at my right knee, I saw the biggest cut I've had in my life. I could see the patella. Yes, that deep! Turns out there was no hospital near the ruins in Honduras, so I had to cross to Guatemala (with wound open) and take a 6-hour bus to Guatemala City to go to the hospital. An old lady saw my pain along the way and recommended that instead of going to the hospital (and wait there for hours) to go to her house to be treated by her son, who was a doctor.
Norbert: Oh yes! This one time I got a horrible food poisoning in Tunisia, and after days of not getting any better I went to the hospital to be treated. While visiting a hospital is never a nice thing to want, at least I felt comfortable with going there since I knew I would be refunded the cost incurred on the visit.
Norbert: Always keep an open mind and be flexible with your trip. The world is much more diverse than you can imagine and better opportunities than you ever thought of before, can flourish throughout your trip. Accept them and adjust course accordingly!
Norbert: Tough question! I'd say Iceland. I've never been there but everyone raves about it. I've seen countless pictures of its nature, waterfalls, small towns, and even the Northern Lights! I wouldn't want to miss seeing the northern lights.
Norbert: A few months ago I visited Argentina for the first time, including the town of Calafate, which is famous for its Perito Moreno Glacier. This is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, and even better, you can walk on it! I couldn't miss doing that, of course!
Thank you Norbert for participating in our interview series, and be sure to read all of his RoamRight blog posts here!
Note: Available plans and coverages may have changed since this blog was published.
Outbreaks occur every few years. Understand how travel insurance coverage works when there is a viral outbreak.
Discover how travel insurance can help when the world around you is unstable and unpredictable.
Ebola outbreak in Africa: What you need to know and how to stay protected if traveling to the area.
A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.
Travel smarter with travel insurance from RoamRight. Get your free, no-obligation quote online today.
View all Blog Authors
View Countries with Blogs
Sign up for RoamRight's FREE monthly email newsletter to get travel tips, tricks, news, ideas, and inspiration!
The RoamRight mark is used by Arch Insurance Company and owned by its parent company, Arch Capital Group (U.S.). All insurance products are offered and underwritten by Arch Insurance Company. The term "Partner", as used on this website refers to any unaffiliated third party entity that may offer or disseminate Arch RoamRight travel insurance. The term has no legal meaning whatsoever and Arch RoamRight hereby disclaims any such legal meaning that may be ascribed to it. Click here for privacy notice.
Copyright© 2020 Arch Insurance Company. All rights reserved.