This month, we’re excited to be featuring one of the world’s hottest travel bloggers, Hilda Castillo. She’s an adventurer, fitness babe and Playboy model, and has a thing or two to say about how men should treat women! Find out more in this exclusive interview!
Where are you from/live now?
I am from Merced California and I currently live just outside of Yosemite National park.
So you’re a tree hugger?
I am a total tree hugger. 🙂
What’s your family background?
I grew up in a small family of 4, just one sister, myself and my parents but that didn’t mean we were a small family overall. I have a lot of cousins, all boys and we are all so close they might as well be brothers not cousins. I guess that is probably why my sister and I are total tom boys too!
How did you get into modeling?
My parents were actually the ones to get me into modeling. They often had people telling them I should be a model so they asked me if it sounded fun and I said “sure”. The rest is history.
You’ve done everything from a Playboy Lingerie Fashion Show to TV to theater acting. What has been your favorite gig?
My ads and sponsorship with Muscle Werks. They have literally taken me all over the world!
How did your travel blog get started?
Well, I started traveling at a very young age with my parents and I often shared stories or posted pictures about my travels on social media (as an adult). After having a few people suggest putting all that info one place via a blog I thought, “why not, what could it hurt?”
Did it hurt to get your blog going?
It didn’t hurt anything! 😀 In fact, it is taking off and travel is my true passion so I am very thankful for those suggestions.
Favorite place you’ve visited so far?
So far . . . I would have to say Iceland. Though this is a very tough question to answer because I have fallen in love with SOOO many places. I hope to own a home in Cozumel one day too. 🙂
What’s the main objective of your travel blog?
My main objective is to inspire people to explore out amazing world!!!! My goal is to let people glimpse the beauty of our planet through my photos, videos and writings, to help them see our glorious world the way my eyes see it. To view it in such a way they never knew existed and then in turn desire to go and explore FOR THEMSELVES. To fall in love with our world as I have. My goal is to open people’s eyes to a beautiful world they never even knew existed. 😀 Can you tell I am passionate about this topic? Ha ha!
What is the most common question that people ask you?
How often do you work out?
How do you stay so fit?
I chase around my 5 year old all day! Ha ha! Honestly, I love doing yoga, hiking, swimming in my swimming pool, stand up paddle boarding and doing pretty much any outdoor activity. I also occasionally do plyometrics, sprints and resistance training. Though my main form of exercise is the former.
Give us a fun fact about you.
My first language was not English.
Choose any 3 words to describe yourself.
Adventurous, compassionate and Tenacious (stubbornly unyielding). My dad once said tenacious was the best word to describe me.
Name anyone, alive or dead, who you would love to meet.
Gosh, ANOTHER tough question. I guess I would say Bear Grylls – I would LOVE to go on an outdoor adventure with him, kind of like he does on his new show with the celebrities. I feel like I would have the adventure of a lifetime and learn SO much!!! [Editor’s Note: One of the best answers ever!]
Tell us 1-3 things every man should know about women.
1. Do NOT suffocate a woman. We like attention but too much comes off as neediness and neediness is VERY unattractive.
2. Do NOT try to change her after you get her. Enough said.
3. Make your time with her worth it. Find out what makes her come alive and make those things happen!
Give a shout out to your fans…
Thank you to everyone who emails/messages me, comments on my sites and social media pages and especially those who have gone out of your way to be kind and encouraging to me since day one. You guys keep me motivated!
Favorite upcoming projects?
I would have to say my next trip for my travel blog. I will be heading to the Bahamas in November!! I get to scuba dive with sharks and am partnering with an amazing company for this awesome experience!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE ABOUT IT ON MY TRAVEL BLOG. 😀
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Doing what I do now but on a MUCH larger scale!!! 😀