Travel can create an insatiable appetite, however when your home is as beautiful as the places you visit where do you go? In this travel blogger interview we meet Claudia Tavani of My Adventures Across The World.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
I am from Cagliari (Sardinia). That’s where home is and where it will always be.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
A bit of all. I normally backpack for about 4 to 5 months on a row, per year, then spend the rest of the time at home in Sardinia, taking shorter breaks in Italy or Europe. I used to live abroad – over 2 years in the USA, 3 months in Switzerland and more than 7 years in the UK.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I spend all my savings on travel. Whatever penny I have, it goes into feeding my addiction to travel. And I also work as a tour leader, so I travel FOR work. And not, it is not for anybody (perhaps not even for me) and it is hard work, even if you get to see lots of places (over and over again).
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I must have been 6 when I went along with my mother on one of her school trips. She worked as a teacher and had taken her pupils to Venice, Ravenna and San Marino. My father, sister and I went along. It was fun!
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Panama – I expected a tropical paradise, pristine beaches, palm trees, isolated places. I found it overcrowded by mass tourism and full of garbage.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I have, but they are part of travelling and they never put me off. Being sick on the road is perhaps the worst, especially when travelling alone.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
More than I can remember. One of my favourite is the one about that time I attempted to sail San Blas, oblivious to my seasickness, and ended up sleeping at the beach in Isla Porvenir.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I would have to repeat myself, but I think it is Panama. I just thought it was so overrated for what it offered and since I kept falling ill to some virus or another, I could not even leave the country!
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Home – Sardinia. Not difficult, when you come from such an incredible place.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I do have a bucket list, but you may as well ask what’s NOT on it – it would be easier and faster to explain. In terms of destinations, high on the list is the Philippines.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No, never. I would feel trapped. I can’t think of all the million of interesting places in the world without wanting to visit them.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I’d be getting depressed! Or perhaps I’d just have a new car. Or both.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
My Adventures Across the World, www.myadventuresacrosstheworld.com
When did you begin your website?
I started the wordpress.com version in March 2013, then switched to my own domain in September 2014.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
It started as a fun thing I did to keep my family and friends informed of my travels, then I found it therapeutic and fun. And now I want to start monetizing my blog, since I enjoy it so much.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
It is very well organised, per destination (I focus on Latin America, for which I have an obsession, and on Sardinia, where I normally live), and has a good mixture of tips, itineraries, and funny/inspirational stories.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I do, actually. I am a certified travel designer and soon I will be starting offering my services as a travel consultant, to organise trips and itineraries.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I enjoyed writing “Cuba on a Budget” – a very comprehensive post on how to enjoy Cuba on a budget, for Keep Calm and Travel.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
I live on an island, and I have to rely on the plane all the time. But I actually enjoy the train. I just find it so relaxing.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just go! So many people are reluctant to travel, or think it is expensive. It just is a matter of priorities. People who travel, can give up on so many things that other people find indispensable!
What has travel taught you?
I am hardly ever alone. I am only alone if I want to. I can spend days in complete silence, and then others when I am a total socialite. It is not a contradiction – it just is who I am. I have also learned that, for as much as I love the world, home is in Sardinia.
What are your favourite experiences to date?
I hiked the Inca Trail, and that has been an amazing experience. I had never even gone camping before that, yet I achieved my goal: resisting extreme fatigue, spending days without showering, adapting to the most rustic hygienic conditions and seeing the sun rise over Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku. WOW!
Zip lining above the Juramento River near Salta (Argentina) was also a lot of fun and a huge adrenaline rush.
I loved biking down the Carretera De La Muerte, in Bolivia. The views were stunning, the road dangerously scary, but I was so glad to enjoy the experience.
What is the first thing you do when getting to a new country?
I actually… enjoy a beer, and make sure to take a picture of the bottle, for my archive!
You win a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world. You have to leave tomorrow. Where do you go?
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Whichever gets me to the other side of the world for the cheapest price. American Airlines, lately.
Favourite country? Nicaragua
Favourite city? Cusco
Favourite beach? Costa Rei, Sardinia
Favourite food? Italian – but that is just too generic!
Favourite language? Spanish
Please provide the following:-
Website url? www.myadventuresacrosstheworld.com
Twitter handle? @Claudioula
Facebook page? www.facebook.com/myadvaw