This week on Wednesday Interview, Fabio Virgi from Fab Meets World, a Portuguese living in London. Fabio considers himself a bit of a geek, after graduating with a degree in marketing he now freelance and help a couple of small businesses with their digital marketing. He had recently started a travel & food blog called Fab Meets World!
Fabio, what type of traveller would you say you are?
I’m definitely more of a food-orientated traveller; I let my stomach take me, haha. That probably explains why I love Italy so much. Give me gelato and authentic Italian pizza and I’m happy all day long.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
My first ever trip would have been back to my country of birth: Portugal. Although I’ve lived in the UK since I was 1 years old, I remember going back there as a child – maybe around 5 or 6 years of age.
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
Battery packs. Without these bad boys, everything stops working, from my beloved iPhone to the action cams I use to record my travels. It’s a must-pack!
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
I think there’re a time and place for both.
Although I’ve been really keen to travel alone, all of my travels have been with others until now! That said, I’m really excited about the possibility of solo travel at some point soon; there’s something about not having anybody else tie you down and the ability to roam at your own pace that appeals to me.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
Although I absolutely loved my time in Vienna, Austria, my vote goes to Lisbon in Portugal. Call me biassed if you want, but while both cities are filled with rich culture and wonderful food, I just find Lisbon to be a complete city with something for everyone.
There’re the typical capital city hustle and bustle, beautiful architecture, great weather, beach lifestyle, café culture and awesome food, vibrant nightlife and did I say great weather?
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
I can’t say I’ve had any notably bad sleeping experiences thankfully! The best experience was probably in Agadir, Morocco. The Riu Tikida Dunas hotel had just been refurbished so both the resort and our hotel room was amazing – I slept so well.
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
Yep! During our stay in Morocco we took a day trip to Marrakech, and while we were there it was the holy month of Ramadan.
Typically, as you’d expect from a country with so much poverty, there were constant streams of children and even older teenagers begging us for money. Now I don’t have an issue with that – I always try to help wherever I can – but the problem was the constant flow of people coming to beg us for money. Every other 15-20 seconds there was someone new hassling us for money; it was very annoying and felt like it was all part of a plan to get tourists.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Last year I was stuck working a boring office job in London, but during the summer, I left my role and became freelance which now allows me to travel the world whenever I want. (Or maybe I should say: whenever my bank balance allows me to!)
If I didn’t have travel as an incentive to freelance, though, I’d likely settle back into the full-time work lifestyle somewhere new.
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
Totally – I really want to go Bali and/or Thailand at some point this year. I’ve been obsessing about those two places for over a year now so I need to get it out of my system. I love how rich the cultures are over there and of course, being fat, I can’t wait to try the food!
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
It’s a little unoriginal, but it’s true: don’t let anything hold you back from doing what you want to do. We live in a world now where the internet has made anything possible. You can be blogging, building websites, or offering your freelance services doing whatever you do from across the world.
Life is short, so unless you’ve got a family to feed, there are few reasons to not do what you want to do…
FabMeetsWorld is a new travel blog where Fabio shares his travel experiences, along with his hunt for delicious food and a dose of travel-related technology. Fabio is a self-declared geek after all, and no trip would be complete without at least some gadgets packed in his bag. FabMeetsWorld started after Fabio Visited 4 countries last year in a span of 4 weeks.
Check out the last week interview, where Luca, a self-declared geek travels the world on Wednesday Interview: Luca Travels Around
Next week on Wednesday Interview, Chalukya and Rashmi from GoBeyondBounds, a couple from Mumbai, India. They started travelling and exploring India to get away from the monotonous 9 to 6 jobs.