Margherita is an italian expat currently living in Berlin. Her blog was one of the first ones that I discovered after I started my own blog and it is still one of my favorites. I start this series of interviews with the desire to bring to your attention people I personally consider to be a source of inspiration for all of us. This is the case of Margherita, who, by describing her travels and experiences, transposes you into her story and makes you feel like you have been part of the adventure.
Name: Margherita Sgorbissa
Occupation: Institutional Sales Assistant
Blog: Outside Living Travel
What is your blog about: About traveling
1. What motivates you to travel?
I am a very curious person. I love to know more about what it’s around me and get a real experience of how big and diverse our world is. When we live our daily life, we are only able to experience a little part of a bigger dimension. I cannot accept to see and live only this small part of a whole beautiful world, so I travel because it gives me access to the experience of the diversity and beauty.
2. What kind of traveller are you?
I began traveling when I settled in Berlin. My experience of traveling is still “young” and I am not sure yet which kind of traveller I am. I like to experience the cities and the places I visit as an insider, not as a tourist. But sometimes I also appreciate a more touristy way of exploring. I am a flexible traveller, I don’t strictly stick to a program or a travel style. The only important thing for me is to travel on a sustainable rhythm and showing respect for other cultures and places.
3. Why did you start your own travel blog?
The reason why I started my own travel blog is because I wanted to keep a track of all my travel experiences and don’t let the memories and feelings get lost. A travel blog will help me to write about all the places and things I have seen while traveling and to collect all the experience in a place I can always visit again, not only with my mind, but also reading and reading again what happened.
4. Which country or place is at the top of your Bucket List?
Me and my girlfriend have a Namibia project for 2019. South Africa, Botswana and Namibia are definitely on top. But I wish I can go back to South America to visit Peru and Colombia!
5. What was your favorite place that you visited?
I think that so far Sardinia and Rio de Janeiro have been the most beautiful places I’ve visited. Sardinia has a worldwide known beauty and the colours of its landscape absolutely confirm it. I was impressed by the force of the sun and by the colour of the water when we stayed there. Rio de Janeiro is a pulsating heart. Full of picturesque humanity and Southern vibes. I simply fell in love with this city.
6. How do you decide on a destination?
It depends on how my budget is and how many vacation days do I get over the year. I usually book short stays in the last minute but if I have to plan a longer vacation, I focus on what I want to see the most. It usually has a lot to do with the sea, sun and beaches. But I am a big fan of Europe and I love to move around the Central part of the continent. I rely on my inspiration and need of the moment!
7. Are there any countries you wouldn’t visit because their laws are against your own beliefs?
At the moment I don’t feel comfortable to travel to the USA. The current Government is applying weird regulations for gay people and foreigns and I definitely don’t like what is going on there. I also don’t want to visit Russia for now, cause homosexuality is still seen as an illegal form of relationship. I think it’s completely insane and I don’t like the idea of being a traveller there.
8. Did something funny or scary happen to you while you were traveling?
Nothing really scary or funny happened to me while traveling but I remember a woman sitting by my side on the Metro Rio in Rio de Janeiro who was staring at me for more than 15 minutes without a reason and I remember feeling very embarrassed but also funny.
9. How do you prepare for a trip?
I make a list of things I want to do and try to have an approximately program. I focus on what I need for the flight and what it must not miss from my backpack when I will be there. I usually try to learn the local language if I have the chance!
10. Do you have a good travel tip?
Don’t stick too much to your program. Let some improvisations break through your travel time because the best things usually happen when they’re not planned!