About Me

Hey there, wanderlusters!

I’m Norbert Figueroa, the adventurous spirit behind GloboTreks.com. If you’ve stumbled upon my corner of the internet, chances are you’re as obsessed with travel as I am. Welcome! Grab your virtual passport because we’re about to embark on a journey around the globe—one story, one mishap, and one breathtaking view at a time.

Meet Norbert: Your Guide to the World

Who Am I?

I’m an architect from Puerto Rico turned full-time traveler, blogger, photographer, and adventure enthusiast. I’ve traded blueprints for backpacks and skyscrapers for skydives.

My love affair with travel started when I was a kid, but since over a decade ago, I’ve been chasing sunsets and passport stamps ever since. With visits to over 139 countries and counting, I’ve got stories, tips, and secrets from every corner of the world.

Before becoming a globetrotter, I spent years designing buildings and dreaming of the day I could design my own life of travel.

The turning point came in 2008 when I took my first solo backpacking trip to Thailand, which led me to realize that the world’s wonders couldn’t be confined to books or screens—I had to see them with my own eyes. So, I took a leap of faith, left my 9-to-5, and embarked on an adventure that continues to this day.

I spent a decade living like a nomad, setting temporary roots in Thailand, Italy, and Brazil, among other places. These days, though, I call New York City home—the perfect place to balance world travel and my independent architectural practice.

FYI: Not my baby in the cover photo. Isn’t she cute, though?!

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Susan Sontag

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Susan Sontag

Why Trust Me?

With a background in architecture, I’ve got an eye for detail and a penchant for planning—skills that come in handy when navigating the chaos of global travel. But beyond my professional chops, my real credentials are my experiences:

My adventures aren’t just about ticking off destinations—they’re about diving deep into the heart of each culture and returning with tales as vivid and varied as the places themselves. I love to share stories of my escapades in places most people have only dreamt of. 

I started GloboTreks in 2010, primarily as a travel blog for my family and friends to read about my random trips and escapades from work. Luckily, the blog grew from just family and friends to an international platform where I could share my experiences with the world.

My Travel Philosophy

Adventure with a Purpose

Travel is more than just sightseeing; it’s about immersing yourself in new cultures, connecting with people, and challenging your comfort zones. Whether it’s bungee jumping in New Zealand, savoring street food in Thailand, or getting lost in the souks of Marrakech, every adventure is an opportunity to learn and grow.

When I travel, I seek out experiences that push my boundaries and expand my horizons. I believe in saying yes to new opportunities, whether a spontaneous road trip with strangers (yes, I did that!) or trying an exotic dish that tingles my taste buds (for good or bad…). These moments of bravery and curiosity are where the magic of travel truly happens.

Responsible Travel

I’m a firm believer in leaving no trace and making a positive impact wherever I go. From supporting local businesses to eco-friendly travel tips, I’m here to show you how to explore the world responsibly. I promote sustainable travel practices, such as reducing plastic use, choosing eco-friendly accommodations, and respecting local wildlife and ecosystems.

To me, traveling responsibly means respecting the cultures and communities I visit. I make it a point to learn about local customs, support local artisans, and give back through community-based tourism initiatives. After all, travel is a privilege, and it’s our duty to tread lightly and leave a positive footprint.

It also means respecting local wildlife and ecosystems. So, as best as I can, from supporting local businesses to eco-friendly travel tips, I’ll show you how to explore the world responsibly.

“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.”

Jamie Lyn Beatty

“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.”

Jamie Lyn Beatty

What You’ll Find on GloboTreks

Expert Travel Guides

Looking for the best hidden gems in Bangkok or the ultimate backpacking route through Iceland? I’ve got you covered. My guides are packed with insider tips, practical advice, and a sprinkle of humor to make your planning process a breeze. Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned adventurer, my comprehensive guides will help you navigate new destinations with confidence.

From detailed itineraries and must-see attractions to off-the-beaten-path experiences and local favorites, my travel guides are designed to make your trips unforgettable. I include practical transportation, accommodation, safety, and budgeting information to ensure you’re well-prepared for any adventure.

Destination Inspiration

Stuck in a travel rut? Browse through my destination inspiration posts for fresh ideas. From off-the-beaten-path destinations to must-visit spots, you’ll find plenty of wanderlust-fueling content. Discover new places to add to your bucket list, whether it’s the pristine beaches of the Seychelles, the ancient ruins of Jordan, or the vibrant streets of Tokyo.

I also share themed travel inspiration, such as the best destinations for solo travelers, romantic getaways, and budget-friendly adventures. No matter your travel style, you’ll find something that sparks your wanderlust and gets you excited about your next journey.

Travel Hacks and Tips

From packing like a pro to finding the best travel deals, my tips and tricks will help you travel smarter, cheaper, and better. Learn how to navigate airports like a seasoned traveler, avoid common travel scams, and make the most of your travel budget.

I share my favorite travel apps, gear recommendations, and packing lists to help you stay organized and prepared. Plus, you’ll find advice on staying healthy while traveling, dealing with jet lag, and overcoming travel anxiety. With these tips, you’ll be ready to tackle any travel challenge that comes your way.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Augustine of Hippo

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Augustine of Hippo

Credentials and Media Features

Recognized and Featured By the Best

My travel insights and photography have been featured in top publications like: 

  • Travel + Leisure
  • Fortune.com
  • Elle
  • Business Insider
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • CNBC
  • Cosmopolitan
  • And others. 

I’ve also participated in various travel conferences, sharing my expertise and passion with fellow travel enthusiasts.

Being recognized by such esteemed platforms not only validates my experiences but also motivates me to continue providing high-quality content for my readers. I strive to deliver trustworthy, engaging, and informative content that inspires others to explore the world.

Partnerships and Collaborations

I’ve had the pleasure of working with major travel brands, tourism boards, and airlines, bringing you honest reviews and exclusive deals. These partnerships allow me to offer unique experiences and insights, from behind-the-scenes tours to special promotions.

Some of these partnerships include:

  • The Belize Tourism Board
  • Travel Manitoba
  • Jordan Tourism Board
  • Nepal Tourism Board
  • Visit Morocco
  • Intrepid Travel 
  • G Adventures
  • ScubaTony (Cozumel)
  • And others.

I only collaborate with brands that align with my values and travel philosophy. Whether it’s a luxury resort or an eco-friendly tour operator, I ensure that my recommendations reflect my commitment to quality and sustainability.

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.”

Oscar Wilde

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.”

Oscar Wilde

Get in Touch

Join the Adventure!

Have a question, a travel tip, or just want to say hi? I’d love to hear from you! Connect with me on social media or drop me an email via the contact form. Let’s explore this beautiful world together, one trek at a time.

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Happy Travels!

Norbert Figueroa
Founder of GloboTreks.com

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien.

P.S. Life’s too short for bad coffee and boring travel blogs. Stick around for epic adventures and maybe a few travel fails—because what’s an adventure without a little chaos?

P.P.S. I don’t drink coffee… lol

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