Paulo ValdezMeet Paulo, an STA Travel Student Ambassador at the University of California, Irvine. Connect with Paulo on InstagramTwitter and follow him on Snap @damnitpaulo.

A Bit About Me: I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to the States when I was 9. Since I was child I’ve always moved places so I became very adaptable and social. I like meeting new people and hearing their stories and where they come from. I would say I’m pretty outgoing and a bit obnoxious, but it’s only because I am a very happy person. If I could describe myself in one word, it would probably be…random.

Favorite Travel Destination: Chiapas, Mexico. I visited several Mayan Temples, indigenous communities and went through the jungle all the way to Guatemala. It was incredible. Nature is impeccable.

Dream Travel Destination: Antarctica. I recently went to Trosmø, Norway and became fascinated with cold/frozen environments. That crisp air and white mountains, beautiful. I would also like to see the Northern Lights again.

Hotel or Hostel? I do not have a preference, as long as I am accommodated, I am good. I do like Airbnb since you do get a whole place to yourself and get to interact with people who live there.

Top Travel Tip: Just Travel. Pretty much it. Don’t be afraid to go to places out of the ordinary.

The STA Travel Student Ambassador Program is made up of a variety of students based around the United States. Each of these students will be bringing you the latest and greatest opportunities to get involved in everything travel. From photos, videos and stories to finding out the hottest trending destinations, party places and chill out spaces, watch out for them on campus for some serious travel inspiration!