I started Shanti Free Bird blog in 2013 to post about my travels: tips where to go, what to do and share beautiful photos with travelers and friends. In the meanwhile I got so evolved, inspiring other people to travel or making friends with bloggers, that now it became my personal blog, my virtual home where I write about my adventures around the World and all things I’m passionate about including: arts, vintage, handmade, DIY projects, sustainability. There’s also space to talk about my lifestyle, points of view and thoughts. (see Journal category)

I adopted traveling as my lifestyle in 2011, when I decided to quit my Social Worker job to backpack by myself in India. I ended up traveling Asia and Australia alone for 7 months. This travel was the beggining of my spiritual trip: to get to know myself better, to understand my limits, to see the World with my eyes, to be more conscious of our planet issues, to respect all cultures and all live beings. My life changed forever! 


2007 // InterRail during 21 days in Europe: Barcelona, Paris, Prague, Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and Nice. 

2008 // Lived in Skowhegan, Maine, USA for one year working as Social Worker in an International Learning Exchange (ILEX). During this year I was able to visit Toronto, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro and a road trip from Maine to Florida (all East Coast). 

2011 // Backpacked solo in India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia and Nepal in a total of 7 months. 

2012 // Backpacking with my partner for 4 months in Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras,Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

2013 // Three months hitch hiking from Portugal to Istanbul and back. Stayed longer in: Lyon and Marseille(France), Skope (Macedonia), Greece, Istanbul, Romenia, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland. 

2013 // Three months working and traveling in California. My american best friend Jenn (from Maine) joined us in a road trip thru the highway 1

2014 // Me and my partner went by boat to Morocco to backpack and hitch hike for 5 weeks. What a crazy awesome adventure! 

2014 // Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg) Trip! 20 days hitchiking and exploring these countries especially: Antwerp, Ghent, Brugge, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Luxemburg City. 

2014 + 21015// Two months in California to work and travel. Flight from Los Angeles to Bogota. We backpacked 4 months in: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil.

2016 // Five weeks traveling with my best friend in Thailand (Chiang Mai and Bangkok), Cambodia (Angkor, Siem Reap, Penhom Penh, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Saloem Islands) and Myanmar (Yangon, Meiketila, Inle Lake and Bagan)


Shanti Free Bird featured:

Elas Inspiram-me @ A Mulher que Ama Livros
Marta Chan: A autora do Viver a Viajar @ Hostels Club Blog
Na Senda da Sustentabilidade @ O dia da Liberdade

[in english]
 Exotic Guatemala @ Tripoto
It’s GIVEAWAY Time! @ Knot Just Macrame

:: I’m up to collaborate with you :) Drop me a line with your ideas to martachantrips@gmail.com

I really hope to see you around, I love interaction in the post comments, feel free to express yourself! If you have questions about my trips or if you need advices about traveling please email me! I love to help people and to see people traveling :)

Much love, harmony and light
– Marta Chan