Welcome to a new traveler profile on Pet Travel Tales! Today we’re chatting with Fabio Virgi from Fab Meets World and he’ll share with you his travel tales, his tips, and advice. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we did! If you want to chat more with Fabio, feel free to do so in the comment section!
Tell us a little bit about your and where you blog
First of all, thank you for having me guys! So, I’m the blogger behind FabMeetsWorld.com, a travel blog that takes a foodie and geeky approach to travel. I follow my stomach wherever I go and you’ll hardly ever catch me without some form of gadget that makes travel easier!
If you grew up in the 90s like I did, the name of my blog might be familiar — I took inspiration from the TV show Boy Meets World, so it plays on a little nostalgia.
Which was your first trip and how did you get hooked to travel?
I never really travelled much growing up — our family just didn’t have the means to — but we’d occasionally go back to Portugal, my home country. In 2015 though I left my job and went for a summer of travelling, including Gran Canaria, Agadir in Morocco, Madrid in Spain, Vienna in Austria, Naples in Italy and finally Lisbon in Portugal to wrap it all up. Seeing I could earn money for myself while travelling got me hooked; it opened my eyes to what’s possible in this day and age.
Which are your favorite destinations that you would always go back to?
Maybe it’s because it’s my homeland and I didn’t have a chance to explore it much, but I think Portugal. It’s got a wonderful mix of good weather, delicious food and drink (especially wine!), a chilled out lifestyle, beautiful landscapes and beaches.
Which are the places you want to visit but haven’t gotten a chance to?
Definitely southeast Asia, particularly Bali and Thailand. I’ve had my eye on going there since I left my job and would love to take my wife, so who knows — maybe in late 2017 or 2018!
What type of travel do you prefer (length, who accompanies you, which type of accommodation you prefer)?
I’m quite a simple guy so I don’t need 5 star glamorous hotels (although of course they’re nice); I’m happy to stay at anything from a 2-3 star hotel or a hostel. My main focus whenever I go anywhere is just to experience the local life. What do they eat? What do they do? What’s their culture like?
I really enjoy taking my wife and sisters with me. Anytime we’ve been on holiday together it’s been a tremendous amount of fun. In terms of length, I like long stays to really get to grips with the culture — so anything from 2-4 weeks ideally.
Any tips or lessons you’ve learned that you’d like to share?
Always carry battery packs — it’s one of many gadgets that will save your ass when travelling — and download the destination language on Google Translate. By doing that you won’t need an internet connection to translate words/phrases, since the app already has it all stored.
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