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About TrotterHop

About TrotterHop

Hello fellow trotters!

My name is Mick and I’m a Filipino-American travel blogger currently based in Chicago.

I was born in the Philippines and moved to Chicago at age eleven–by accident. In the summer of 1996, my parents and I visited my sister, who was working in Chicago at that time. Little did I know that it would take another ten years to return back to the Philippines after my family decided I will finish my elementary and high school years in America!

Fast forward to adulthood, I finished my undergrad from San Diego State University and completed a semester at the Université Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France. My previous professional experiences include working for Fashion TV in Indonesia and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.

Besides travel blogging, I currently work with French companies in the tech, industry, and healthcare sectors with their online marketing and communications strategy. And yes, je parle français (and Tagalog, rusty Spanish, and questionable English).

The travel bug struck me at the tender age of seven. My mother put me in an airplane all by myself, on a thirteen-hour flight from Manila to Frankfurt. Over 35 countries later, the travel bug is still going strong!

My goal with this blog is to inspire others to get out there and explore! Traveling has given me a lot through the places I’ve visited and the friends I’ve met to share the experiences with. Through this blog, I hope it’ll give you that extra push to book that ticket to that trip you’ve been longing for!