About Me

Julio MeHello, I’m Julio! While it may surprise you, I never even left North America until I was 23 and out of college. It is not that I didn’t like the idea of going abroad, it simply never crossed my mind that a person like me could plan and afford international travel by myself. In 2009, as a recent grad, I decided to do something bold that changed my life forever: I moved to South Korea to teach English. 

The people I met in Korea had a mentality completely different from what I was used to. Some people loved teaching, others hated it, but one thing was common across the board: everyone loved to travel. When the first vacation rolled around, I was thinking of staying put, but my buddy Vicente convinced me with his words of wisdom that I remember till this day. “You will always have tons of time to make money. Vacation time is precious, so go visit China as you always wanted and you won’t regret it.” Okay, I am paraphrasing, but that was 6 years ago, what do you expect?

China had its ups and downs. While I did see the terracotta army and it was even more amazing than I expected, I also got stuck in Beijing in a snow storm for three days! It was not an ideal trip at all, but the people I met, the things I saw, the stuff I ate… oh yeah, I was definitely hooked on this whole travel thing.

That trip started a trend I have followed ever since. Whenever I have time off, be it a three day weekend or a seven month gap between jobs, I look to see where I can go and what I can experience, either domestically or abroad. I am curious to explore new places as often as possible and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

About Travel World Heritage

This blog has three main parts: UNESCO Site reviews, travel lists, and travel economics

Why UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

Machu Picchu

During my first few trips, I kept hearing the term “UNESCO World Heritage Site.” I decided to do a little research, and realized that some of the coolest places I had ever been to (like Angkor and  Yellowstone) and those on my bucket list (like Machu Picchu and Rome) were all on this list! From then, I decided that planning a trip without considering the UNESCO sites in the region would be foolish and I’ve rarely been disappointed. If you look at the current 1000+ site list, you might be surprised as to how many you have already visited without knowing. When I started tracking in 2010, I had been to 10. At time of writing, I have been to 69 across 5 continents.

I noticed something rather peculiar though. Every country wants to promote themselves, and UNESCO itself takes a very neutral standing on recommendations. The main reason I launched this site was to give you the real scoop as to which sites are truly worth your time and money, and which ones are more hype than substance. I consider my UNESCO site evaluation posts to be the bread and butter of this website and hope my two cents along with a plethora of pictures, thorough research, and first hand experience can aid you in your own travel plans.

Example – My favorite UNESCO World Heritage Site so far is Te Wahipounamu in New Zealand.

 

Travel Lists

Tekapo Lake

Before starting this blog, I was hooked on a website called “Listverse.” This site has an amazing set of lists every day like “10 Mysteries Behind Inexplicable Photos” and “10 Solar System Mysteries that Baffle our Best Scientists.” I tried to submit travel lists from time to time only to get rejected. I didn’t (and still don’t) consider myself a good writer, but I thought I had a shot at least some of the times. The creator reached out to me and assured me that they weren’t rejected for my writing style (phew), they simply did not really care for travel lists all that much. I was frustrated at first, but my philosophy has always been to look for solutions instead of dwelling on problems, so I decided to incorporate the idea of Travel themed “top 10 lists” into this blog. The list approach also gives my brain a structure that is easy to follow, and thankfully, I haven’t run out of ideas yet!

Example – This list of Ten Places that Should be UNESCO World Heritage Sites combines the first two parts of the blog!

 

Travel Economics

Money Money Money

While I don’t live in my home country, I am still just like you. I work full time (and love teaching by the way), get a few weeks off a year, and am not exactly making six figures. What I’ve learned over the years is that being rich, or having some other advantage out of our control isn’t necessary to visit the places we want IF we make it a priority.

Instead of giving you reviews on hotels neither of us could afford or activities neither of us would actually pay full price for, I give you travel economics tips I have used myself and have proven to work. From sharing my own path to paying off $42,000 of debt in three years to the ins and outs of how to get thousands of Travel Credit Card Points, I hope my experience can help you reach your travel goals too.

 

More than anything else, it is my wish to inspire and help you in your travels. If someone out there stumbles upon this blog, sees a picture, reads a story, or follows a guide and it pushes or aids them in some way, this blog would be all worth it.

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13 thoughts on “About Me

  • June 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm
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    Hi,

    My name is Catherine,

    I was reading through your blog http://www.travelworldheritage.com /and think
    its great!

    Do you accept sponsored posts (travel related)? Could you
    please give me the price?:)

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully working with you
    into the future.

    Kind Regards,
    Cath

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    • July 2, 2013 at 5:42 am
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      Hello Catherine,
      Email me with details to “maximuz04@gmail.com” and we can talk about it.

      Reply
  • February 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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    hi lla estar de vuelta mi casa! mi isla tiene 22 grado! como primavera. gracias por abral de concierto. voy a ver tu blog alguna vez un abrazo mizuno

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    • February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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      Wow, excellente ambiente. Muchisimo gusto en conoserte y ojala algun dia nos conosamos de nuevo!
      Ojala lo disfrutes!

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  • August 6, 2015 at 6:31 am
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    Hey Julio!
    It was so nice to meet you and your girlfriend yesterday in the rice fields of Ubud! :)
    I love the concept of your blog. I look forward to returning again and again to figure out which UNESCO sites are worth visiting!

    http://www.travelalphas.com

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    • August 6, 2015 at 11:39 am
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      Hey Maddy, it was great meeting you too! I’ll take a good look at your blog when I get home :). Keep in touch. It was great meeting you and Chloe.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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    Hello there,

    Hope you’re well! I am so happy to have stumbled upon you’re travelworldheritage.com and I would love to discuss the possibility of collaborating with you.

    As a part of our digital marketing strategy, we are searching for blogs that capture a specific target market and we believe that your blog would be a huge asset to our marketing strategy.

    I will provide you with an original article, written around a subject that is featured on your website. The article will reference my business as an authority on the subject and will incorporate a link to my website. I can assure you that the content written will be unique and relevant and thus beneficial to your website.

    This proposition is mutually beneficial and if you are willing to collaborate, we can discuss how to proceed from here.

    Looking forward to working with you!

    Kind Regards
    Natalie

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    • October 14, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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      Definitely doesn’t sound mutually beneficial. If you are looking for advertisement we can talk about that.

      Reply
  • March 11, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    hi, just enquiring if you are thinking of traveling to the south pacific sometime, I am from East Rennell (Lake Tegano)World Heritage Site in Renbel Province, Solomon Islands. Please let me know if you are looking at that.

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    • March 11, 2016 at 11:50 am
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      I wanted to visit the Solomon Islands last year when I lived in New Zealand but it proved to be a bit difficult. That sounds like a great place. Do you have pictures?

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      • April 6, 2016 at 11:18 am
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        yes, I can send you one.

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  • March 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    Hi, I am a Korean and preparing to become a tour guide. I found this site searching about some heritage towns in Korea, and leave this message.
    Thank you for visiting my country and it’s very amazed that you’ve visited small towns, not only major cities in Korea.

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    • March 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm
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      Hey Kimmy!
      I’ve lived in Korea for almost 7 years now, so yeah…I’ve been pretty much everywhere! Good luck with your new career. I hope to work for the Korean Tourism department one day, but I need to study more Korean.

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