Hello, I’m Victoria.
Thanks for visiting my website…
In case you were wondering, my surname is Basque and I am of Spanish/ Italian origin. Born and raised in Manila (Philippines) in the 1960s, I migrated with my family to Australia in ’76, basing ourselves in Sydney.
Thanks to my five-year training in Fashion Design at East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School) and acquiring an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion and Textile Design from the US, I developed a refined eye and solid base in the principles of design. My 25 amazing years in the Australian fashion industry, with roles ranging from range coordinator to buyer and agent, gave me the opportunity to travel the world several times a year, dipping in and out of the fashion capitals and interacting with a vast array of humanity.
My time in the fashion industry came to a crashing halt in 2007, when the Global Financial Crisis hit. Shaking the “ragtrade” to its roots, it was my cue to call it a day. I switched my focus to travel writing and launched my website Explore My World Travel. Exploring the world with my husband, Peter, I kept a steady stream of followers posted on exciting destinations and travel tips. The more I traveled, the more enamoured I became with capturing the beauty around me with my camera in a way that my writing could not.
In 2017, I took the plunge into full time photography in characteristic style – boots and all – and combined it with my love for the written word. While I enjoy beautiful landscapes and travel photography, my true passion is capturing the beauty and complexity of the human spirit in environmental portraiture.
If I can share with you my life principle which I apply to my writing and photography, it is this: to experience the world through the heart not only awakens what’s best in ourselves but inspires others to do the same. It is then that we realise how beautiful life can be.
I hope that you’ll stick around for my journey. I can’t wait to capture yours.
Don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
"To experience the world through the heart not only awakens what's best in ourselves but inspires others to do the same. It is then that we realise how beautiful life can be."- Victoria Ugarte© Copyright 2020 Victoria Ugarte