In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week’s What Inspires interview is with Claudia from My Adventures Across the World.
Claudia is from Cagliari in Sardinia and is obsessed with travelling. A former human rights lawyer and academic, after devoting her life to the protection of cultural identity, in November 2013 Claudia decided to give in to her biggest passion and started travelling around Latin America, and she has hardly stopped since.
Blogging came as a natural consequence, for her as she wanted to keep her family and friends updated with her adventures.
Read on to find out what inspires Claudia from My Adventures Across the World.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
Anything, really. It can be a picture, an idea, an ideal, a movie or a book; it can be a friend who speaks of a place he has recently visited. My biggest source of inspiration to travel to Latin America was the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries”, about the travels of Ernesto Che Guevara. I knew when I saw it that I wanted to visit those amazing places. And when I started, I decided I could not stop.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
It must have been such a loooong time ago. I think I was 8, and I went to Spain with my parents and sister. I still remember the thrill – it was a real treat, and a lot of fun. Sure, I did not really care about seeing some of the museums, but it was so exotic to me… the language, the food, the amusement parks.
What’s one travel planning tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
READ! Get at least some basic information on the country you are visiting. Buy a good guidebook (I am a fan of Lonely Planet) and read the background information on the country: history, culture, food, politics etc. Read indipendent information from other bloggers too. And national literature, if you can find any. Also, get an idea of the places you want to visit, and plan a rough itinerary. You don’t have to be strict, but having an idea of the things you may want to see and of the experiences you may want to have will also help you budgeting your trip.
Best travel experience so far?
I have very fond memories of my first trip to Mexico with my sister. It was the first time we went away for such a long time, together. We thought we’d argue a lot along the way, and instead we realised we are the perfect travelling partners. It was a very adventurous journey, we saw incredible places!
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
This may sound a bit weird, but my biggest source of inspiration is the world! Just knowing that there are so many places to see out there keeps me going, keeps me dreaming.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad. I suppose it has to do with my international human rights law background, and with the belief that diversity is a resource rather than a burden.
Connect with Claudia
Thanks Claudia for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to You!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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