Every week we track down a great travel Instagrammer, and this time, it’s Ahtziri Ytzi Martínez’s (@flamingoaround) turn. Being a part-time traveler and full-time explorer, it’s no hard to see the flamingo’s symbolizing firing and warm spirits in Ytzi’s photos. Her determination to travel far has made us lucky enough to read through her adventures.
Occupation: Part-time traveler and full-time explorer
City you call home: Mexico
Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born in Mexico city, but when I was 15 my family and I moved to Mérida, Yucatán, after that I lived in Cancun, Washington D.C, London and now I’m settled in Lisbon, Portugal. I’ve always had a huge desire to travel the world, I had to work so hard while I was in Mexico to make my dreams come true, I believe in me, and did it, I’m still traveling a lot with no plans to stop!
The first Instagram photo you’ve ever taken? It was in Central Park, New York, it was my first account, but since Instagram wasn’t that common at the moment, I didn’t use it that much, and I didn’t remember my password so I had to open a new account, the one I have now.l
The best advice you have for becoming a popular travel Instagrammer? I think the most important is to be you, don’t try to be exactly like someone else, show others what you really are.
Tell us your 3 most favorite Instagram accounts! @travel_inhershoes @us.on.earth @dianamiaus
Can you name a few of the most instagrammable places that you have been to?
What’s the first thing you do when arriving a new city? Leave my stuff wherever I’m staying, and then I normally walk a lot, I love to see places by walking, you get to see the real life and some amazing spots too, I also get a local beer always!
Most embarrassing moments in your traveling? I was on the beach having a massage, I was on the table lying on my stomach and when the massage boy told me to turn on my back but it was very windy, so my towel that covered my chest flew out and left me completely topless in front of everyone, and they started clapping their hands screaming “topless topless” hahaha
What are your travel essentials? All my camera gear, that’s a lot so
Favorite hotel: Akumal Beach Resort, Akumal, Mexico
Favorite airline: Delta Airline
Favorite airport: Lisbon airport, small and easy to get to the gates.
How do you deal with jet lag? I normally have a good sleep before a trip, I’d try to take it easy and relax, and the most important thing is always hunting the sun!
Your “happy place” to visit? Banff forever and always
Favorite outfit for traveling: Very comfortable, so I would say any sport outfit
Any packing strategies? I use ziplock for all my liquids, creams and beauty stuff, I use plastic cubes to separate my clothes so once I get to my destination I know exactly where my stuff are. I haven’t done the roll and vacuum thing but I’m sure it works and helps you save lots of space.
Favorite restaurant in Lisbon: Casa do Alentejo
Three must-do when visiting Lisbon:
One DON’T when visiting Lisbon: Maybe not a don’t, but be very careful if you take the most tourist tram 28, there’s a lot of pickpockets there.
What’s your dream destination: French Polynesia
What’s next? Mexico
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