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So, check this out! travel like angloitalian:
Name: Franca and Dale also known as AngloItalian
Hometown: Franca is from Alberobello a small village in the South of Italy and Dale is from Leamington Spa in the UK
Residence: We don’t have one, we were both living in the UK before quitting our jobs, selling everything we owned to go travelling, that was in June 2012 and we have been happily nomadic since.
Travel Blog/website: angloitalianfollowus.com
Short Bio: Dale (ANGLO) is a mid-twenties male born in the Midlands of the United Kingdom who during the summer of 2011 on a surprise birthday trip to Venice decided “this is the life for me”.
Franca (ITALIAN) is a early-thirties female born in the south of Italy (the heel of the boot) who has always had a dream to travel and finally left her job, her comfort zone and sold everything she owned to set off on the journey of a lifetime.
How did you first get into travel blogging: We initially started out with the idea of sharing all of our adventures in one collated space for our friends & family back home, but the more we blog, the more friends we make who enjoy our journey and want to come along too.
We both love the world of creativity; whether it’s seeing great architecture around the world, visiting wonderful art galleries & exhibitions, seeing great pieces of design or listening to fantastic music.
We chose to share all those experiences that people might not get a chance to see, whilst also keeping people up-to-date with our other travel adventures.
What do you love most about being a travel blogger: The connections we make every day with the readers and other bloggers. It also feels amazing knowing that somewhere there is someone that cares about our journey and most importantly that gets inspired by it.
What’s the secret to creating a successful travel blog: Patience. Success like with anything doesn’t come overnight. It comes with time, dedication and the right amount of luck to get where you’re aiming for.
How do you get your blog noticed amongst the millions of other blogs out there: It’s really important that if you’re going to be dedicating your time to something such as blogging, that you think first about what it is you’re trying to share. Consider just what it is about your travels that are worth reading about. Do you travel to unusual places or in a curious fashion? Write about it. There are dozens of niche blogs out there, perhaps your blog can be the leader in one or the first in a whole new category.
What advice would you give to fledgling travel bloggers: Our number one tip would be to not let your blog take over your travels. It’s all too easy to fall down that path of being too busy sending emails, checking social networks and spending hours in front of the laptop screen whilst you hunt for something to blog about.
Let your travels come first, your blog will not implode on itself if you’re not there 24/7.
How do you make money out of travel blogging: Through the use of referral links and some Google Ad’s we make a little, but for the most part it goes towards the upkeep of the site. It pays for hosting, it pays for various tools we use, but it by no means the way you should be looking to fund your travels.
How do you fit in blogging while on the road: It isn’t always easy to write and do everything else the blog requires whilst on the road but somehow we always manage to keep it going. It helps a lot travelling slowly and spending longer period of times in each location, in this way we have the time to explore and talk about it too on the blog.
What’s your most epic travel story: When we volunteered in a dog shelter located at ENP (Elephant Nature Park) in the north of Chiang Mai in Thailand.
It was an amazing experience helping with the dogs and at the same time learn about the elephants too. That not only taught us a lot but also changed our lives and views on many things animal rights included.
We loved it so much that we ended up stay there for a month when initially we meant to be for a week only.
What is your favourite destination so far: That’s a difficult one because every place we go has something to be remember about. We both loved Japan a lot though for its very unique culture and customs that we haven’t seen in other countries we’ve been to.
What’s been your biggest travel disaster: Attempting to take the Trans Siberian train to get across Russia, Mongolia to end up in China. We wanted to apply for the Russian visa while in Kiev, Ukraine but the Russian embassy never let us because not Ukrainian citizens, unfortunately we never done the Trans Siberian. That taught us a lesson: never plan again!
What are your top gadgets that you always take travelling: We couldn’t go anywhere without our camera and of course our laptops are super important to keep you guys posted 🙂
What’s your favourite phrase in a foreign language: “In Bocca Al Lupo”, which is loosely translated from Italian to “In The Wolf’s Mouth”.
It’s used as a good luck message to another, much like “break a leg!”.
Would you ever do any other job: Why not? Anything that keeps us travelling would be appreciated.
What’s next on your bucket list: We both always wanted to visit India and learn how to cook the real Indian food with right spices.
Favorite travel blog/website(s) – besides Traveljunkieindonesia.com, of course!: As of late we’ve been saving a huge amount of money on transportation through Europe using the website Blablacar.com. It’s an incredible site where you can car share across short and long locations, plus, the price is agreed upfront before you meet with the driver and it’s often – if not always – cheaper than the train or coach alternative.
What has travel taught you: This might end up being an endless list, travel has made us more open minded, more aware of responsible travelling, more careful about discovering the culture of a country and get to know its people instead of rushing from one tourist attraction to the other.
Travel has made us both more self confident, less scared of trying new things and more open to say “yes”. Travel has increased our ability to trust people and complete strangers and has made has appreciate more where we both are from and how lucky we have been.
Best travel tip: Don’t plan too much, just the very necessary if you must, this will leave you more freedom of taking any opportunity and chance that might come.
Happy Sustainable Travels!