Eliana is a very popular travel blogger and has over 10,000 followers on Instagram. It was great to get her answers to our 5 questions and discover why she lives a life of travel and what advice she offers to anyone else wanting to live this life.
1. When did you decide to turn your life to travel?
I didn’t decide to turn my life to travel, but to live my dream. I’ve been writing since I was a child. While I was working for a company in Rome I realized that I wasn’t satisfied with my life and I dreamt about turning my passion into a career. I wanted to write about travel destinations, so I started doing research, looking for those people who were able to do it, reading the stories of successful travel bloggers.
At that time I wasn’t ready to quit my job to pursue my dream, but after several months I was laid off from my job due to the economic crisis. I understood that I had to best exploit the potential of the situation. I found an announcement of a company who was looking for freelance writers to write about European travel destinations. I passed all the tests and I started my new career path. It was very useful to gain the right skills to write on the web.
A few months later I opened my travel blog www.gecotravels.com, where I tell my travel experiences and give travel tips and information.
2. What does travel give you that everyday life doesn’t?
While traveling I transcend the material and everything that is not necessary, I get rid of my ephemeral desires, and grasp the metaphor of life itself, and learn to understand the priorities of my life. You can reach this point of view even staying at home, of course, but when you travel you somehow speed up the learning process.
3. What is your best tip for someone wanting to pack in their 9-5 and turn their life to travel?
I would say to follow the heart, not to be trapped by fears and this works for any hard decision in life.
4. What do you wish you knew at the start of your travels that you know now?
Dreams can seriously become true if you work hard enough. I still remember I was in the car with a friend of mine and I was telling him about my desire to start writing about travels. He told me: “Do it!” It was so simple, but I was too scared to fail, then I realized that failure is just one step on the path to success, and one of the most educational.
5. How do you build a social life outside of work when in a foreign country?
It’s not difficult for me. I am a very open person, I love chatting with strangers and share some funny stories. I am attracted by smiling people with a positive attitude. In my last trip, during a flight delay, I started talking to two girls. When I arrived in Belgium, I asked them to meet up for a beer and we spent a lovely time together.
She loves to combine travel and nature, and to discover ancient villages in Italy.