In this travel blogger interview we meet Fabio Virgi of Fab Meets World, a travel blogger with mixed views of Napoli.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
I was born in Portugal, but because I’ve lived in London since I was 1 years old I call the UK my home.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I don’t really fit into any of those categories to be honest. Since l left my job last year I’ve been free to travel as I wish to, so I try to get away for a short break every other month at least! It’s not as exciting as backpacking through South America, but I’m working towards that.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I’m now a self-employed digital marketer, so I work with a couple of clients in the London region and that’s my main source of income. I also run another technology blog called LetsTalk-Tech.com which gets me a sponsorship deal every so often.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I think it was a trip back to Portugal when I was only a child. If I remember correctly, we actually drove the whole way for two full days instead of flying!
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Napoli in Italy is probably the one place I’ve felt that way. I had read articles and watched videos talking about the run-down state of the city, but when I got there it was shocking just how run-down it actually was. Streets were dirty, buildings didn’t look well looked after and it didn’t feel like the safest place in the world.
Thankfully the amazing food made up for it though, so don’t let that put you off!
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Definitely. We were having a great day trip in Marrakech, Morocco, exploring some of the hotspots and of course the souks (markets), but the persistent way in which we were being sold to made it intolerable. Every 30 seconds you’d have someone coming up to you trying to sell a knock-off watch or souvenir, even though they saw you dismissing someone else right before them.
I understand they’re just hustling and trying to make money, but it was borderline harassment.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
While in Morocco, my friend Michael and I were off jet skiing and the instructor made all 3 of us jump on one single jet ski. Basically, all our jet skis were out in the sea and we needed to get there with just one of them. Neither of us were exactly ‘petite’ in size, so we wound up toppling off the jet skis a couple of times on the way out, haha.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
This is a catch 22. I loved Napoli for the food and great weather, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it the worst place, but I don’t see myself visiting it again anytime soon. It was just too dirty and run down.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Based on the places I’ve been, Lisbon in Portugal is one of my favourite places to be. It’s a European paradise with amazing weather, food, friendly people and you’ve got a perfect blend of city/beach life.
When I finally visit Bali or Thailand, I’m sure this answer will change 😉
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I don’t have a set bucket list, no. I do know for sure that I want to visit Bali, Thailand, Peru and Brazil in the next few years. I find the South American and Asian countries so rich in culture and with that tropical weather, what’s not to love?
Can you imagine life without travel?
No! It makes life fun and you learn so much by exploring new places and meeting new people. The way I see it, we live on this earth once so I want to see as much of it as I can!
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I’d probably carry on doing what I’m doing now – freelancing and blogging. I’d struggle to settle back into the 9-5 routine I think; it’s like being in a cage and I can’t stand that.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
My blog is called Fab Meets World and the URL is FabMeetsWorld.com.
When did you begin your website FabMeetsWorld?
I started the website earlier this year (February I believe) when I returned from a week in Lisbon with my fiancée, sister and our friend. I’d been wanting to start my own travel & food blog since I went off to four destinations in four weeks last year, and I finally made the leap.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
It’s a mix of reasons to be honest. Firstly it’s a nice way for me to document my travels and look back at my experiences, and secondly, I do it to inspire people to get off their asses and explore the world. Life is too short for you to sit in a cubicle, working a meaningless job and living for the weekend.
Of course, as with many bloggers, my end goal is to be able to finance my travels through my blog so I do have that in mind too.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
FabMeetsWorld.com is an intersection of my love for travel, eating delicious new food and geeking out over the latest technology. You’ll always get a geeky twist on things, and you’ll definitely get plenty of food porn if you follow me on Instagram too!
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My article about the top gadgets I travel with has been pretty successful, with a bunch of my blogger friends even publishing it on their own blogs. My absolute favourite is probably this article I wrote about travelling to Copenhagen for less than a trip to my home city of London – it actually surprised many of my friends that it’s possible to travel on a budget.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
I enjoy driving, but there’s something about getting on a plane that’s so fun. I think it’s the build-up of getting through security, passport control and waiting to board that gives you that unique “travel feeling”.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
If you’re enthusiastic about long-term travel, building up a set of digital skills are going to take you a long way. Doing remote jobs like web development, designing, marketing or customer support through the web always gives you a better chance of financing your travels.
Other than that, the option which is most ideal but hardest too, is starting a business. If you can make money autonomously while you’re away, you’re onto a winner.
What has travel taught you?
It’s taught me that not everything in life has to be lived at 100mph. Sometimes it’s so fulfilling to be able to slow down, soak in a beautiful sea view and sound of waves crashing and appreciate being alive. I know it sounds cheesy but it’s 100% true.
Ever since college I went full throttle trying to graduate from university and then in my jobs it was the same hectic lifestyle. Then last year I realized that there’s more to life than that, so I’ve tried to live on my terms and according to what makes me happy.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? British Airways.
Favourite country? Portugal
Favourite city? Lisbon
Favourite beach? Sines, Portugal
Favourite food? Indian
Favourite language? Spanish.
Please provide the following:-
Website url? www.FabMeetsWorld.com
Twitter handle? @FabMeetsWorld_
Facebook page? http://facebook.com/fabmeetsworld