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Welcome To Greta’s Travels

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First things first, welcome to Greta’s Travels! As you may have guessed, I’m Greta, and this very originally named blog is all about my travels (I can be so creative sometimes).

I’m from Italy but every time I meet a new person they don’t believe me. My blonde hair combined to my American / Irish / Posh British accent can be very deceiving. Truth is I grew up in Milan but attended an international school there, which combined to 5 years of living in London has given me a weird accent. Oh and blonde Italians are much more common than people outside Italy realise.

I am the owner, creator, writer, photographer, videographer, social media manager, SEO expert and everything else involved in running a blog for Greta’s Travels. I created this blog in November 2016 (although it actually only started as a YouTube channel and Instagram account, this website came later) when fed up of working in a corporate office in London I decided I needed a creative outlet to share stories and advice about my main passion; travelling.

Chilling at Cala Soraja, my personal favourite beach in the Archipelago della Maddalena

I used to be a creative and adventurous child who wanted to travel the world and save the planet while doing so, which is part of the reason I chose to study Geography at university. Somewhere along the way I forgot about that and ended up working as a management consultant for a Big Four company (growing up sucks sometimes). It took me two years of working a job I hated surrounded by people I didn’t like to make the decision to escape the 9-5.

While I may have hated it at the time, I’m glad for those two years of office life, as it made me realise that life is too short to just think about taking a pay check home at the end of the month. When I looked at partners and senior directors in the company I realised that I didn’t want to be like them in 10 years time. Anybody that knows me personally will have at least once made fun of me for having FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I started feeling this FOMO, that until then I only used to get at university for parties or social events I was missing, for places I had never seen or experiences I had yet to live. I would be sat in the office thinking about all the amazing things I could be doing on the other side of the world.

Cheesy travel quotes like “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” really resonated with me. One day the idea that I was missing out on life by being stuck in the office became too much, so I quit and started travelling.

At the top of the First Peak Hike

In this little corner of the internet I have collated all the best videos, photos and advice from my favourite destinations, in the hope you will find them useful and inspiring. Whether you are a seasoned globetrotter looking for your next trip inspiration, or a travel newbie looking for travel hacks and advice on where to go, this is the place for you!

I hope you enjoy this blog and that you will find it useful in planning your future trips!

PS. Go any questions about blogging, travelling, or my lifestyle in general? Check out the FAQs I often get! If the question you’re wondering isn’t there just drop me a comment or message on social media!

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Malu
    June 30, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    its really nice to read this article so helped how can u help me im planning to to Italy next month how can u help me? i mean by hotels and its ok to book a tour in Italy?

    • Reply
      gomoboni
      June 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Hi, it really depends on where in Italy you want to go! yYou can check out my Italy page in the destinations section for advice on where to stay and what to do, hope you find it useful!

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    Elizabeth Lovelace
    January 11, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Hi! You wouldn’t be available as a tour guide, would you? My cousin and I have our tickets to see Italy at the end of March for two weeks. We have no idea what we’re doing. This trip is my turning 40 gift to myself. 🙂
    Anyway, might be a long shot, because I have no idea if we could afford you for two weeks, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. 🙂
    Feel like being a guide to two moms who are dying for a break?
    Love your site!

    • Reply
      Greta
      January 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, I’m flattered you’d want me to be your tour guide on your 40th birthday trip 🙂 Unfortunately I’m not actually a tour guide, I just share travel advice here on my blog. I also probably won’t be in Italy. If you browse the Italy section of my blog you will find some useful tips for travelling Italy 🙂 I hope this helps and that you have an amazing trip!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    February 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks Greta for sharing information, stories, tips, and inspiration to other travelers! I am excited to learn about international traveling from you!

    • Reply
      Greta
      February 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Hi Sarah, no problem! Always great to hear when my story can help others 🙂

  • Reply
    Ellen
    April 12, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Hi Greta, I loved your blog!
    I’m using your articles in our English classes since I have a student who is traveling to Italy and Portugal in May.
    She wants to have internet access during the trip. What do you suggest???

    • Reply
      Greta
      May 29, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Ellen, thanks for your comment, glad you like my blog! I tend to buy local SIM cards whenever I go to a country where I don’t have free internet access as I like to be connected. You can usually get good travel deals at the airport. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Reply
    Courtney C.
    May 9, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Greta! I’m glad I found your blog! I’m traveling to Italy at the end of this month so I fell upon your blog when I did a google search for travel tips.

    I had one question…how does the general Italian population feel about heavy tattoos? I have over a dozen on my legs and since I’ll be going to Italy during a warm season, it would be nice to wear shorts, but I don’t want to offend anyone if it’s frowned upon there. 🙂 I’ll be going to Venice, Rome, and Florence, specifically.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to reading your blog about other countries as well!

    • Reply
      Greta
      May 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Courtney, thanks for the comment, glad you enjoy my blog! You won’t have any issues, tattoos are very common also in Italy. You might get the odd stare now and then from older people but generally speaking they’re fairly normal, they’re not frowned upon for religious or social issues if that’s what you’re worried about. Hope you’ll have an awesome time in my home country! 🙂

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