Vagabonding is not to be confused with a mere vacation, where the only goal is escape. With escape in mind, vacationers tend to approach their holiday with a grim resolve, determined to make their experience live up to their expectations; on the vagabonding road, you prepare for the long haul knowing that the predictable and the unpredictable, the pleasant and the unpleasant are not separate but part of the same ongoing reality.

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been,” observed Paul Theroux twenty years ago, “travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

“The world is a book,” goes a saying attributed to Saint Augustine, “and those who do not travel read only one page.”

From Vagabonding

A map with many flags

Visiting a bookshop is always inspiring. Last year I found a very interesting map that You can use to pin the countries and cities You have been visiting. Coming back from South East Asia I bought some more pins and this is the final result:


Europe is full of pins. You know, I live in Italy and it is easy to travel with low cost airlines.


I have been in USA many times, for business and pleasure, plus Mexico and Canada.


My South America is only Brazil, at least for now.


That’s the final results of my last trip: 6 countries in 8 weeks.

There is still plenty to explore.

54 is the magic number

Updating my Couchsurfing profile I discovered I have visited more than 50 countries! The right number is 54. This is the complete list:

Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam.

What’s next? I would like to add Iceland and Russia to (almost) complete my European list plus a few more countries in South East Asia and Central America. I could do it in the next couple of years, maybe.

In my 2016 agenda I have only one international trip left, for now: New York City. I can’t complain, right?

My life in a nutshell

Yes, this is exactly what I think about life:

Take advantage of opportunities and embrace new challenges. And travel more when you’re young rather than wait until the children are grown or you are retired. As Dr. Pillemer summarized the elders’ view, “Travel is so rewarding that it should take precedence over other things younger people spend money on”.

via Elderly ‘Experts’ Share Life Advice in Cornell Project –

New York (and Montreal) 2011

New York trip

Second time in New York and I could not miss again the most beautiful museums! Thanks to a freezing temperature and a bit of snow I preferred to stay inside and warm: seven museums in six days!


That’s Brooklyn where I lived for a week or two, thanks to Paul and Couchsurfing.

New York trip



You can always find something amazing and something crazy!

New York trip

I love Rousseau and his dreams

New York trip


Guggenheim Museum

Amazing building. You cannot take pictures of it so, that’s the only one, sorry.

New York trip


Whitney Museum

Thanks to a Facebook comment I discovered it and it was really interesting.

New York trip


American Museum of Natural History

Full of kids and… dinosaurs!

New York trip


Museum of Art and Design

Clifton suggested it to me and it was a wonderful idea. Terrific view from the top floor.

New York trip

New York trip


Brooklyn Museum

I could not miss one of the most social museum of the world (active on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, blogs and more)

New York trip

New York trip


Metropolitan Museum

You need at least two days to visit it and I had only a few hours😦

New York trip



You know, I like to take pics of food. You can find more of them on my Flickr set (link follows)

New York trip

New York trip

New York trip



I have been a couple of days in Montreal to visit friends. Nice view from the train where I had to work (pen and paper… and Kindle!)

New York trip

New York trip

To not forget (it is not me)

New York trip

New York 2011 photo set