Here are just a few words about me, Iuliana Marchian. I had to write this first sentence in order to improve the SEO of this page and rank higher in google for the keyword Iuliana Marchian. If you’ll see my name repeated several times, it’s because of SEO, not because of my pride, nor obsessive self-love.
My life motto is simple yet comprehensive: “We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting” (Kahlil Gibran)
Background in architecture, historic monuments, and cultural tourism
Professionally, during the past 20 years, I’ve focused on issues of cultural heritage and resilience tourism, based on my specialization in historic monuments. I graduated Architecture, then I completed two master programs and a doctorate in the field of both cultural tourism and restoration of historic towns. I’ve become a member of various cultural and touristic organizations, among which the most representative ones for me still are the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the Romanian Alpine Club (CAR – Cluj branch).
Then, at a certain moment, I’ve decided to change the course of my carrier and become a travel writer, travel planner, and tour guide. Working in an office was definitely not for me. I needed to be free like a bird and be able to explore the beauties of the world. Not only I started to travel more and for longer periods, but I started the travel of my life, through life.
Travel writer, travel planner, and tour guide
As part of my professional writing, I produced travel articles for Matador Network, Inside Himalayas, Activity Fan, Sonderers. Here is a list of my published articles in English (by Iuliana Marchian). I am a regular contributor to the Capital Cultural, LiterNet and National Geographic journals. And here is a list of my published articles in Romanian (by Iuliana Marchian). I am part of Arivedo’s travel writers team and produce regular neighborhood guides for various locations. Moreover, when writing is not enough and people want to hear more about my experiences, I’ve accepted the challenge of speaking in public about my travels. It was difficult at the beginning, but now I like it and enjoy it a lot. I share my experiences of traveling through my talks at Incubator107 and motivate people discover themselves through traveling.
My Travel Style – slow, authentic, flexible
During my travels, I get in touch with locals through different communities or simply while I am on the road. I travel by myself at a slow pace and seek for authentic places, where tourism hasn’t commodified yet the features of a place. This is a reason why I love what traveling brings to my life. I believe that the people I meet during my travels aren’t a coincidence. This way I see how every day of traveling puts a brick on my self development. I consider traveling a good way of personal development, accompanied by the classic cliché ‘out of the comfort zone‘. Through my travels, I want to bring to light human individuality. I consider that everyone has his or her own travel style, authentic, and free of any boundaries.
This is where you will find a collection of my writing, travel experiences, thoughts, talks, and interviews. Signed, Iuliana Marchian