I am a 24yo travel lover and, as an Italian I am also a food lover, of course. That’s why my favorite thing when I travel is to taste as much as possible!
So I can say I am something like Italian food traveler.I have been travelling my whole life, at the beginning due to my parents, that had a sort of addition to that, and then due to my parents again, because it seems this addiction was contagious. I travelled around 14 countries in Europe and 3 states in US. Yes, I have still sooo much to see.
Many people asked me: “How can you do that? Where do the money for this come from? Where do you take the time?”. The answer is simple: “I love doing it”. Think about something that you do because it makes you happy: you may concentrate a lot of your energy on it, and this is the way my travel organization works. I have a friend that is very concerned to fashion and we found out that she spends for clothes per year as much as I spend in low cost flights!
What about the time? There’s plenty of weekend if you don’t have vacations, if you look carefully beautiful spots and interesting sites are not so far, and if you try once you’ll never come back, believe me!
About this last lines, I want to go deeper. I live in a little town that has nothing really exciting around. Or at least that’s what I thought before applying for my first study abroad experience. I moved first to Murcia, a city in the south of Spain, that is incredibly “turistically” underestimated compared to the rest of the area. But was starting then a promotional campaign focusing on its natural, historical and gastronomical resources. Then, I moved to Aix en Provence, and I think everybody here knows that wonderful region of France where, really, every single little village is just as picturesque as you can see it in a Cézanne painting.
What did I learn from all this moving? That BEAUTY is everywhere, it’s just in the way we look at the world. The only difference between Murcia and Aix is that nobody knows about the spots the first has to offer, and everybody knows about the second. Ok, you’re right, there’s no lavender in Murcia but you can find a lot of lemons instead. There is no narrow streets and pleasant fountains but you can have some amazing tapas in the colorful squares – it’s just about their different “personalities”.
So, I learnt to appreciate every kind of city for their own characteristics. Moreover, I learnt to be an explorer also in my hometown’s area. The place I thought about as boring and with nothing to offer, has some incredible landscapes because of its mountains, valleys, rivers… Now I can definitely say that travel is not only about get on a plane, go far, stay out for a week and so on… But is also EXPLORING your neighborhood. And I have good news: this is something everybody can do every day! No more excuses: turn off your computer and go out! Adventures are waiting.
This is my hometown, can you guess?
And when you come back, I will tell you more about the amazing Spanish tapas I mentioned, Provence little treasures, my dear hometown and much more!
Author: Lisa Egman
About: Currently student in Tourism Economics, i spend my free time exploring my neighbourhood or travelling around Europe. And i hope to do that as a job one day!