Let’s celebrate the first year of the blog and see what’s coming next!
I’m happy to announce that on Saturday I celebrated the first anniversary of my blog, yay! I’ve started to take it to heart only in recent times, but I’m motivated to continue in this journey, to grow as a blogger and to provide you with new content!
As you probably know if you’ve read my about page, I have studied tourism and I’ve worked for a period as a travel agent specialized in incoming services to Italy. Sadly, things didn’t end well: don’t let anyone tell you any different, the tourism environment is a tough world to be in, characterized by unregulated activities and unfair competition and it’s hard to fight these things, especially in a country like Italy.
Even though I have lost that job, the passion for the world of travel and tourism has not faded one bit and, despite the difficulties, now I’m motivated more than ever to portray my personal view on the matter. When working in the sector, but also by just browsing the Internet and the social media, I have noticed how much people see tourism and travel destinations like status symbols, only functional to boast their egos in front of friends and family. I can’t stand that, honestly. Destinations are not products nor merchandise to do be distractedly purchased from a stall, but real and vibrant places inhabited by living people with joys and sorrows that have something to show and even to teach us. That’s where the subheading of my blog comes from: “Travel to be better, not to be cool”. Seriously, I have had enough of people just showing off.
As for Italy, which is probably the main theme of this blog, since the very beginning I have wanted to give the perspective of the “insider”. I have always enjoyed reading the blogs of expats, foreign tourists and Italophiles, because those are points of view which I value very much, especially in terms of understanding what drags people to Italy and which are the values and traits we fail to see as Italians grown accustomed to them. Concerning me, what I wanted to do was giving the perspective of the native that may be less prone to see this country through rose-tinted glasses (nothing wrong with it, but representing the real thing is necessary every once in a while) and that knows spots which are less touristy, but equally charming. I have also thought that an insider voice would be helpful to cast a light on the folkways and the mentality of a people that is all but predictable and easy to understand.
WHAT’S IN THE CARDS FOR THE FUTURE?
I plan to write more posts about:
- Italian folkways and customs;
- Arts and especially Italian literature, which, I fear, is the art which is the less promoted abroad (ok, #ferrantefever apart);
- Off-the-beaten-path destinations + a dedicated page with info on how to reach them through public transportation (it can be tricky moving around Italy and reaching certain spots);
- More about yours truly? (Not that I’m that interesting, but learning about personal and family histories is always a great way to be introduced to a foreign culture).
A KIND REMINDER ABOUT WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME ON THE INTERNET
I’m quite active on Twitter and Instagram (where I have also posted my #100ItalyFacts challenge). Very recently I have also joined Flipboard (where I’m enjoying to do press-reviews through my magazines). I also have Pinterest, but I’m kind of discouraged by the recent updates of the platform, which I don’t like. Meh.
Thanks to everyone who has joined me in this adventure! I’m open to suggestions and I will gladly listen to your opinions. Would you like me to write about something in particular?