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Welcome to the World by Terra – a blog about empowerment through travel

This is my travel blog, and here you will follow my adventures and misadventures around the world. I’ll share funny stories, dramatic difficulties, unforgettable moments and unmissable places.

But most importantly, here I’ll tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about how to keep safe and have the time of your life as a solo traveling woman.

How did it all start? Well, The first symptoms appeared pretty early

When I was only 18 months old, I had to make an emergency ID card to do it in my neighboring country.

I was probably too young to understand it, but it was already running through my veins. The consequences of starting at such a tender age were immeasurable and unpredictable.

Before I could fight it, I was addicted.

Soon, going to my neighbor was not enough. I needed more. I needed to go further.

So at a very early age I started to get involved in more serious business. Before I was 10, I had already tried it in 3 different countries, several times. I heard people talking with a scared tone,

“she might have it – the syndrome”.

At 15, my travel syndrome started to show its most wild side. It took me alone to the US for 2 months and then to Canada at 16 and to Argentina at 17.

At 19, my condition led to my first solo backpacking trip around Europe, and at 21 the first around South America. After that, I became incurable. The only treatment was to continue wandering. I had to travel more, further, longer.

Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania…

Now at the age of 28, the nomadic disease has spread through all the cells of my body.

There’s no cure.

I’ve traveled to almost 40 countries, having worked and studied in 7 and called half a dozen more my home.

At this stage of development, I start freaking out at the idea of settling down somewhere for more than a year – I’m starting to show the first symptoms of what they call settlingphobia.



Prejudiced or naive? A cultural and religious clash in Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I wasn’t planning on visiting Kuala Lumpur at all! After Ko Samui, I intended to go to Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, two paradisiac islands, famous for beach parties and scuba diving. But I changed my plans to attend an event with Prem Rawat, which would take place exactly that …


Hi, I’m Ana Terra and I’m passionate about traveling.

I can also be occasionally identified as an environmental engineer, yoga teacher, dancer, nature-lover, vegetarian, tree-hugger, Brazilian, feminist, writer, cancerian, dreamer, funny, dramatic, adventurous woman.

I’ve had some crazy adventures all around the world mostly on my own and I strongly believe that traveling facilitates female empowerment.

In this blog I intend to share my experience accumulated over 28 years of traveling across 37 countries, most of which on my own.

But I’ve also traveled in groups, with strangers, with friends, and as a couple. I went to top tourist destinations and also to remote and exclusive places. I’ve stayed in some cities for a few hours and in others for years. I slept under the open sky, in campgrounds, hostels and luxurious hotels and I’ve done a lot of couchsurfing too. I’ve traveled by bike, car, bus, train, plane and ship…

By sharing my experiences and knowledge, I want to stimulate people to go out there and explore. To face their fears of the unknown and live awesome, unforgettable experiences.

I want to show that traveling doesn’t have to be as difficult, expensive, and time-consuming as you might think. But it can certainly be more life-changing than you imagine!

Traveling can bring you power, freedom and happiness. It can bring you love – first and foremost love for yourself, and maybe even the love of your life, as it happened to me 🙂

Through traveling I’ve  met the most amazing people! But the greatest gift it has given me was a better understanding of myself. And isn’t self-knowledge the ultimate quest of humankind?


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