Enjoying the sun in one of the many hanging bridges on the way to the Ourika Valley in Morocco.

Who is The Weekend Traveller?

I am Dheza Aguilar, a Dutch/Filipina who moved to the Netherlands in 2009. I am a journalist (freelance now) and while I am working in a completely different field nowadays, I can’t shake off my penchant for writing. That’s why I have this blog.

I work 40 hours a week so weekends and regular working holidays are the only time I have for travelling. I try to make the best of it, especially the weekends, thus the name of this blog.

What is your style of travelling?
When travelling for work, I go for comfort but at the same time budget-conscious. I have to plan my expenses based on my company’s travel budget. But most of the time, I usually ends up spending more of my own money on food especially in France and Italy where good food and good wine are abundant.

When I am travelling for pleasure, I prefer luxury because I would like to relax completely and not worry about not waking up early enough to catch the plane the next morning.

How do you pay for your travel?
I have a full time job and I finance my trips through my salary. Every once in a while, I also travel for work. In fact, my earliest trips were mostly for work, visiting different ports in Europe and attending to the ships under the company I work for.

What are your travel blogging essentials?
iPhone, MacBook Air, a notepad, a good book and my credit card.

When I am not travelling, I can be found at home reading my favourite books, sipping Macallan, whipping out dishes for my husband or whacking my brain out for whatever new language I try to learn.

I hope you will enjoy my stories and hopefully you will come back for more. You can also get in touch with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagramย or email to dhezamarie@theweekendtraveller.com. No spam please.

Feel free to share your thoughts on my blog in the comment section below or you can always email me at dhezamarie@theweekendtraveller.com. And as we say in Dutch, tot ziens (see you soon).

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all content and photos are mine. Travel expenses and meals at restaurants I’ve reviewed are all paid for and not sponsored.


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    January 18, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Happy new year and happy blogging!

    Nice to know someone who also from the Philippines that loves to share travel experiences. Unfortunately, I havent been to Netherlands but maybe I will discover this place in the future. I got your blog link from Blogroll and Im one of the featured/member blogsites as well under the blog title, My eTRavelDiary. All the best. Reymos

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    January 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Hi, I would like to invite you to be one of my featured travellers in my blogsite. As part of my 2011 travel journal, I intend to introduce some of my travel bloggers that Ive visited thru Blogroll or elsewhere. If you are interested, I will send the questions for you to answer. Being a featured traveller, my post will be linked to your site as well. Please send your reply to: tupcoeaa@yahoo.com. Thanks. Reymos

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      February 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      Hi Reymos, sure. Drop me a line about the mechanics.

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    February 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Dheza,

    On a foodblog of a friend of mine (Vicky) I saw you mention a Philippine recipe for pig’s knuckles. I love pig’s knuckles but have only had them prepared in a German fashion. I would love to try try your recipe. Do you care to share? If so, please email me at patsydahlin at yahoo dot com


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      February 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Jacqueline, I sent it to your email :-). Goodluck cooking.

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    September 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    cool stuff in here… ๐Ÿ™‚ kamusta?ย 

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    Mathilda Koskell
    June 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Dheza,

    I can’t find you’r e-mail address on this site ๐Ÿ™‚

    I handle content and social media for Oasis Collections, an innovative hospitality company that manages portfolios of high-end, short-term rentals with design focus as well as a network of private membership clubs.

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