Foodie and Geeky Travel with Fabio Virgi from

Retiro Gardens, Madrid

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, 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.

Fabio at the Beer Museum in Lisabon
Fabio at the Beer Museum in Lisabon

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.

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

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.

Retiro Gardens, Madrid
Retiro Gardens, Madrid

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Fabio, and sharing your travels with us! Everyone, please feel free to follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with his latest trips.

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18 thoughts on “Foodie and Geeky Travel with Fabio Virgi from

  1. One of our favorite things about the blogging community is how friendly everybody is. In this whole crazy world, we are the ones who talk about quitting our jobs and creating a travel lifestyle. Fabio sounds super nice and totally genuine. It was a treat to get to meet him today. Thank you.

    1. Hey Jenn and Ed, I’m so humbled by that thank you so much! I have to agree – particularly in the travel blogging community there’s a great vibe.

      Just launched a new version of so please do check it out and subscribe if you like what you see 😊

  2. Looks like a fun site, I didn’t realize you could download a language on google translate. That is a fantastic trip. I also second him with Asia, Bali in particular I am dying to go back.

    1. Hey Mama,

      Oh trust me, downloading the Italian language pack on my recent trip to Turin was what got me by (and allowed me to use the toilet) on more than one occasion 😂

      Where in Bali did you go? I’m dying to visit!

  3. Thanks for sharing Fabio’s story. Always great to read about someone who recently discovered the joy of traveling and visiting new countries/cultures. Best of luck with your future travels Fabio!

  4. Thanks for sharing Fabio’s story. It’s exciting to read about Fabio’s “local approach to traveling.” I’m a huge fan of traveling slow and living like a local as well. I’m currently in Thailand and I can tell you that it is quite amazing. I do hope you are able to make it here soon. Love your battery packs and google translate…those will certainly come in handy. Happy travels!!

    1. Hey Rosemary, thanks for leaving your thoughts! Don’t get me wrong – once in a while I do the fast-run through a city and soak in the hotspots – but that’s only for one/two night city breaks when I’ve got time limitations. I definitely prefer settling in a place to experience things properly.

      Where in Thailand are you based? I’ll need to check out your blog and see how you live out there 🙂

      Happy travels to you too!

  5. A local approach to travel is a great way to feel the pulse of a city and its residents. Portugal seems like a under-the-radar destination in many ways! Looking forward to visiting one day.

    1. Claudia, I would totally recommend it. I’m heading over there in a couple of weeks with my wife and can’t wait to explore more of the country. Keep up with our journey by following on social media – we’ll be constantly putting out content of our time there.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing a new cool blogger with us! I definitely hope he heads to Asia soon. I’d love to see what he has to say about Thailand and Bali!

    1. “Cool new blogger”?! You’re too kind 😛

      You’re teasing me here; I can’t wait to visit Asia. Subscribe to my blog and follow on social media to stay up to date. Eventually when I do go Asia, you’ll know lol.

  7. Hi Fabio! It’s so good to meet you and learn about you and your travels! I hope you’re able to visit Bali and Thailand soon. They are two of my favorite countries in the world and I know that you and your wife will love them too! 🙂

  8. Oh, you can imagine the amount of extra batteries I have on my bag when I go on trips. It’s really important.

    Nice blog—- looking forward to more stories from you

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