Traveler Spotlight: Pier Nirandara and Pier’s Great Perhaps Blog

Spotlight: Pier Nirandara

Hello travelers, human and animal alike! We’ve got a new feature on Pet Travel Tales which will spotlight a new traveler every week. Here to kick off this series is Pier Nirandara who will introduce herself and her wonderful blog!

Tell us a little bit about your and where you blog.

My name is Pier Nirandara, and I run the travel blog! Inspired by the quote by French poet Francois Rabelais, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps,” I wanted to capture that feeling of insatiable wanderlust, and the desire to explore what else is out there while balancing a full time job.

Pier Photographing a Penguin
Pier getting up close and personal with a penguin

Some quick fun facts:

  • Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Currently reside in: Los Angeles, California
  • Work: Hollywood (yes, that Hollywood!)
  • Traveled to: 67 countries, 7 continents
  • I write young adult novels under the pen name Pieretta Dawn
  • I’m obsessed with food, and love all sorts of art – photography, poetry, film, music, you name it

Which was your first trip and how did you get hooked to travel?

A road trip in a trailer across Australia with the family! I remember being so young and wide-eyed, marveling at the landscapes we drove through, and the animals we encountered.

Treveler Feature Pier

Which are your favorite destinations that you would always go back to?

When asked the question, “What’s your favorite country you’ve been to?” my mind often jumps to Iceland. One reason being that Antarctica isn’t really a country more than it is a continent (though I had one of the best travel experiences there,) the other being that I could visit Iceland a dozen more times and not be bored! In winter, Iceland has around 4-5 hours of sunlight, but pretty much that whole time is Golden Hour(s), with a solid hour or two on each end of soft, muted lighting. This leads to spectacular opportunities for photography, and itineraries can be crafted to chase the light.

Also two words: northern lights!

Northern Lights Alaska by Pier Nirandara
Northern Lights Alaska by Pier Nirandara

Which are the places you want to visit but haven’t gotten a chance to?

After crossing Antarctica off my bucket list, the next top destinations on my list include: Cocos Islands for scuba diving with hammerhead sharks, Croatia and the general Adriatic, and Morocco!

Pier Scuba Diving
Pier Scuba Diving

What type of travel do you prefer (length, who accompanies you, which type of accommodation you prefer)?

I love all sorts of travel, from roughing it out at hostels to 5-star luxury hotels. I prefer trips of 2-3 weeks, and depending on destination, friends or family.

Any tips or lessons you’ve learned that you’d like to share?

Always be prepared, but also learn to have fun and go with the flow with a sense of adventure. The best experiences often come as a surprise!

Pier, salt flats, Bolivia
Pier on the Beach. No, really, that’s not a beach, it’s the salt flats in Bolivia… Tricked me!

All photos featured in this post are taken by and copyrighted to Pier Nirandara. Check out more photos by her here

Thank you, Pier, for joining us today! If you have any questions for her, or tips for her wishlist destinations, let’s hear them all int he comments! Find Pier on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more travel stories.

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44 thoughts on “Traveler Spotlight: Pier Nirandara and Pier’s Great Perhaps Blog

  1. Hello Pier ! Lovely getting to know you and about your travels. The best experiences do come as surprises. I believe travel is made up of a experience and I collect memories rather than things.

  2. Wow, you have been to some amazing places. Iceland too is one of my most memorable countries. We went in summer, though. I can just imagine how different it must have been during the winter.

  3. Quite inspirational. Thanks for bringing her story to us. I envy her for being so close to the penguins and scuba diving with the turtles.

    1. indrani, thank you so much for your lovely words! I truly hope you will get to experience some of the trips, and am very much looking forward to following along your own adventures on your blog 🙂

  4. She has suddenly become one of my favorite bloggers, but to be truthful and above all, she has become one of my favorite photographers, her technique is perfect, she really knows how to capture the atmosphere of a place. And her ancles are creative and have a new perspective. She’s one of the must-follow photographers if you are into shooting the world.

    1. Thank you so much, Stella! It’s definitely a meaningful quote for me too. Your support is greatly appreciated, and the feeling is mutual with your blog! <3

  5. This was inspiring. The pictures truly illustrate the beauty of some of the most remote and most beautiful destinations in the world. The Northern Lights photos was amazing! I wanted to see them so badly, but my trip was foggy. The Salt flats in Bolivia were gorgeous and the photo looked pristine, not to mention the scuba diving with turtles. Love it!

  6. This was a great interview and I really like the photos you have illustrated it with. I love the penguins one, it is so cute! I prefer 2-3 week trips myself and I am not picky, I can take anything from camping to hostels, to 5 star hotels. 🙂

    1. Lovely to e-meet you too, Samantha! Antarctica is best to visit during their summer months (so the northern hemisphere’s winter months). I went there in December/January, and couldn’t recommend it more 🙂

  7. Hello Pier! This was a great get to know you article! I am a little Jealous because all though I have traveled a lot you have managed to cross of the two thing that have been on my list forever, Antarctica and Iceland and well the Northern Lights. Guess that makes three. Its nice to know there are kindred spirits out there.

  8. Big, huge thank you to everyone who welcomed Pier on my blog with their comments. And a special thank you to Pier to taking the time to reply! <3 You all make this blog awesome.

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