As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner (previously a local South African travel interview section on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust), I chatted to Claudia Tavani, travel blogger at My Adventures Across the World.
One day, former human rights lawyer and academic, Claudia Tavani, decided to pack up her life and start travelling the globe… and I am so glad she did because now she runs the amazing travel blog, My Adventures Across the World.
Today, Claudia is a self-professed Sardinian travel addict, adventure seeker and full-time blogger… When she’s not busy writing up a storm and sharing inspirational travel snaps on her blog, she’s enjoying cats, hiking and swimming around the world.
Claudia loves filling her life with dreams, and hopes to inspire you to live out your dreams, too!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
Frustration! I was travelling around Cuba, and every single blog post I had read to prepare for my trip spoke enthusiastically about it.
It didn’t take me long once I landed in Havana to understand that most blogs gave an incredibly sugar-coated version of the country and its people, so I wanted to give my own, realistic version of it. And the only place I would be able to do it freely, without fear of being censored, would be my own platform.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?
A good mix of everything. I like cities; I find them photographically interesting. But I enjoy nature – I love hiking, rafting, zip lining and, as I grew up by the sea in Sardinia, I find amazing beaches are the perfect addition to any trip.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Hiking the Poon Hill Circuit in Nepal was absolutely fantastic: the views, the fatigue and the companionship, with other people in my group, made it all special.
2. Walking the Inca Trail in Peru was, quite simply, a dream come true. On any given day, I would go from being hot and sweaty to freezing cold. But the sites along the way, and the view of the sunrise over Machu Picchu, made it all worth it.
3. Diving in the Maldives: I never realised I would enjoy diving so much, and kept thinking that there wouldn’t be much of a difference from snorkelling… I couldn’t have been more wrong! It was a thrilling experience.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why? (Please provide your home country’s name too.)
People are lonely – sometimes just as lonely as we are. I was sitting at a restaurant in Lecce, in southern Italy, waiting for my dinner. As it often happens, I was busy with my phone (probably checking on my social media) when an elderly man sat at my table and asked if he could join me. He was clearly tipsy, yet friendly.
He introduced himself as a poet and started reciting his poems to me. He was lonely, and just as lonely as I was, in fact. We ended up crying together that night… I cried with a stranger in a random restaurant.
5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?
The word ‘Cuba’ sums up my worst travel experience quite well… I could hardly walk outside my room without having to fight scams, harassment, and people trying to get just about anything from me, including the pants I was wearing. It was stressful to say the least!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
- India, for it is unique, varied and colourful.
- Sardinia (where I am from) because of its incredible beaches and nature.
- Tel Aviv because it’s lively, sunny and welcoming.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
Other than mine, I love The Crowded Planet; they travel responsibly and they write beautifully.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I’d be on a flight to Morocco because I want to see the desert and drink all the mint tea!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Cagliari is not a big city, but there’s loads to see and a day is hardly enough time.
My personal tip is to spend one day walking around the city and enjoying the many view points (there are incredible sunset views from Libarium Terrace in Castello), and then another one enjoying its parks – especially Molentargius, which is great to observe pink flamingoes; its beaches, Poetto and Calamosca, and walking the easy hike to Sella del Diavolo for amazing views of the city.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Pack light! Chances are you can do laundry pretty much anywhere.
And eat where the locals eat – chances are the food is much better there.
To read about and see all of all Claudia’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog. Or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Claudia, for appearing in this international guest travel segment. Until the next one… happy writing and reading, everyone!
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.