to the Caribbean including the Lesser Antilles. My favorite spot on Earth is still my own home, other than that I’d have to say that Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Saint Maarten are among my favorites. CM: Where do you call home? HLM: My wonderful home is in Jersey City, New Jersey, just 12 minutes from New York City. CM: What is your process of picking the places that you will visit? HLM: We just go where we want, sometimes it’s the same exact place, other times it’s somewhere new. I can write and share my stories from anywhere I visit and I can interact & ACT with groups while I’m there. Maybe that’s my process. CM: As a gay traveler, what is the most important piece of advice for other gay travelers? HLM: Your rights as an American, differ from your rights as a Foreigner when traveling, even more so as a gay traveler. Be yourself but get to know the cultural attitudes and your rights as a tourist. I always say register and check in to the US Embassy website https://www.usembassy.gov/ and click on the country you are traveling to so that in case of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, they know who is visiting and can check on you. They also have travel warnings and other news or information that is so helpful to travelers. CM: Do you prefer to travel alone or with others? HLM: I prefer to travel with my Partner of 18 beautiful
years, but I travel about 15 times a year and so it’s not always possible for him to accompany me. CM: Besides your passport, what is the one thing you always take with you on your adventures? HLM: I am a Social Media Influencer, so my phone is EVERYTHING when traveling. CM: Do you consider travel-writing your career? HLM: It’s definitely my most-fun career! I always say that I have about 3 careers and 4 jobs. I’m the Social Media Manager of 2 companies and 1 organization. I also have my own Social Media PR Firm and I serve as Consultant to many hotel brands in the Caribbean. This year, I’ve soft-launched a travel company “H. Luiz Presents… Holiday” where I host groups and setup travel excursions, gastro tours and hotel stays. CM: If you couldn’t travel, what would you do? HLM: The backup plan has always been to be a University Professor of Psychology. CM: Any words of wisdom for people looking to follow in your steps? HLM: Make sure your relationship, can handle it. The fastest way to get to “know a people” is to share in their food. Luckily, travel & food are the 2 niches that drive my passion for people & culture. Connext with H.Luiz Martinez: Website: http://hluizpresents.com Follow on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter & Facebook: @hluizpresents
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