December 2016: Maria Guilarte Polanco

Maria

In our opinion Maria is both a wonder woman and a wander woman. This 37 year old Aeronautical engineer helped build the A380 plane and salsa dances like nobody else. Maria juggles motherhood and her high position in male dominated field with the greatest of ease. Whatever she does, she does it to her best ability. She loves to explore and her adventurous spirit is never at rest- she’s even flown to climb Machu Pichu in-between two business meetings over a long weekend. Oh, and did we mention she always looks great? Maria practices yoga daily AND only wears heels.

Maria was born in Madrid and lived in France for several years where she met her Cuban partner. The two first laid eyes on each other at a Latin Music Festival “He was a musician and was playing at the festival, it was love at first sight, he was so different to any other man I met before, yet I felt our world made one, and it´s still the case 10 years later!”

Working in a challenging environment, Maria treasures her downtime which she spends traveling with her Husband and 3 year old daughter.

We asked this power lady some questions and this is what she had to say:

At what age did you realize that travelling was a passion of yours and what is your most memorable travel experience?

My first venture outside of Spain was at the age of 10, my family and I drove from Madrid to the South of England and took a ferry in Normandie. I still remember the first time I saw the Eiffel tower, it left me breathless! From that moment on I knew I wanted to see all the amazing sights this world has to offer. Since then I have traveled to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, America, Philippians, Japan, China, South Africa, Mauritius, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England, Ireland and Portugal… it feels like i’m forgetting a few countries…

What is the biggest reward you get from travelling?

I love understanding the history of a country I travel to, I really try to get a feel for how a country’s past has affected its present. I’m very intrigued by the 2nd world war and the cold war in Berlin. I also love emerging myself in different cultures and the daily lives of the people, especially in Asia where the food, religion and customs are completely different to mine. I love meeting people from all around the world!

  1. What do you think about the common perception out there that anyone who travels long term isn’t interested in settling down and are trying to escape life?

There are many different ways in which people can choose to live their lives, and I think that long term travel is one of the best ways to do it. It’s something me and my partner would like to do one day, and we feel it would be rewarding for our little daughter as well, even though a lot of people reject this idea. But for now I love my job, I love working on planes and indirectly helping people travel. We go to Cuba twice a year and my daughter has the opportunity to see and appreciate how people live their lives in a different country.

  1. Do you think traveling can change a person’s preconceived ideas and discrimination they may have towards other cultures?

Yes, definitely! I find that the people who are more likely to discriminate against people from a different culture have not left their own country. I feel like that is the case where I live, I love France, it is a beautiful country and one of the best places to settle down and live a quiet life but I have found that people in my town are quite prejudice towards other cultures.

What is your favorite destination and why?

This is a hard question, it’s impossible to choose only one but if I really had to I would choose my home country, Spain. I think it is important to appreciate and explore your own country. I love everything about Spain, its culture, food and scenery.  The country is very diverse.

  1. What advice would you give to women who want to include traveling in their lifestyle?

Don’ be afraid! Traveling alone is not dangerous if you take the necessary precautions and remain vigilant. It’s one of the most rewarding things you can ever do for yourself, it allows you to expand your mind and it makes you a better person.

  1. Can you give some tips on how to travel safely as a women?

Always do extensive research on the country you will be traveling to, find out about any safety measures you need to take in that country. Keep your valuables at home- I only travel with my passport and money which I keep in a safety bag close to my body. I love meeting new people but I remain alert and don’t trust everyone I meet.

  1. Where to next?

Good question… I have a week off in January and I have no idea at all!!!! I will have to open a bottle of wine with my partner, and decide where we want to go.

Maria and her family in Cuba
Maria and her family in Cuba

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9 thoughts on “December 2016: Maria Guilarte Polanco

  1. Karin

    What an inspiring lady! Love the photo in the sea <3

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    1. wowtravelersworld

      She is indeed! She can’t wait to be in Cuban water again.

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  2. loudy

    wow this Woman is so inspiring. its this kind that we should see as an influencer

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  3. Anne's Travelbooklet

    Great post, I really love your blog 🙂 Keep up the great work!

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  4. Anna

    This is a real super woman! What a great interview, Maria is truly living a life full of adventure. I hope more people read it and get inspired!

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  5. Candace Nicolle Austin

    Maria is an inspirational women, I love reading about people as driven and as passionate as her. Thank you for this beautifully written blog, I feel I need to get off the couch and salsa dance now 😉 Happy travels, Candace (www.360honeymoon.com)

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  6. gracie

    she inspired me a lot, i hope to do same (or better) as her! thank you for inspiring us!

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  7. Gareth

    A really enjoyable interview and some of this things you said, I can really empathize with. I like when you said “I love understanding the history of a country I travel to, I really try to get a feel for how a country’s past has affected its present” and certainly when I go to a place, I really make an effort to get to grips with this side of things. I love how you decide on your next destination also!

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  8. Kathy Andy

    Lovely post <3 Such a nice interview, with this we can caught good ideas in order to enjoy the most our travels.

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