I quit my desk job to do this instead

quit the job and travelAs you already know if you have been following my blog for a while, exactly one year ago I downshifted at my desk job to have more time for writing and focusing on this blog. It has been a very intense year and has brought me to the 1000 follower milestone on facebook, to publishing my travel stories in several magazines and even in a couple of books, to developing partnerships with different companies and –above all- to spending my time doing what I like most: travelling and writing.

Keep reading →

The suitcase

suitcase wanderlustOur battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

While on the road, you are supposed to make it with just what you’ve managed to stuff into your suitcase. I find it very liberating: I always end up realizing that I can survive with a very small part of that big amount of stuff I’m usually surrounded with.

Keep reading →

Places of transit

ljubljana train station, SloveniaImpersonal as only airports and stations can be, the anonymity of places of transit is democratic: they are extremely similar, even if they are located thousands of kilometres away from each other.
Similar are the snacks you will find –despite the variety of local cuisines- the long hallways of automatic machines and wracks displaying magazines in different languages, the overabundance of signs that channel the travellers, the simple font on no-frills screens indicating arrivals and departures.

Keep reading →

Road-trip essentials

road-trip essentials
There is something about road-trips, the lure of the open road, the flexibility of the itinerary, the 100% locals’ perspective, which makes them my favourite way of travelling.
The speed at which the landscape changes on the horizon perfectly goes with my stream of consciousness, the car going ahead helps me moving forward when my thoughts got stuck… it is both relaxing and stimulating, the perfect feeling to reconnect with myself.

Keep reading →

The post-travel syndrome: I’m back at the other side…

the post-travel syndrome
The post-travel syndrome is being back in Rome and take the subway in the morning to go to work, not sightseeing. It’s to barely give a glimpse at the street art on my over-beaten way from home to work and to be one of those people to whom visitors ask directions.
I’m back to my arch-enemy Real Life, on the other side of happiness, far away from the adventures of a 10-day trip I’ve just had, the emotions of discovering new places and meeting new people, trying new restaurants or simply be into the Balkans.

Keep reading →