This interview series feature interviews with travel bloggers and nomads. If you are a travel blogger and a writer, and have something to share with your readers, please get in touch with me at [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you!
In this interview, let us meet a travel and technology blogger Fabio Virgi from Fab Meets World. Fabio is based in London and living a nomadic lifestyle. He travels mostly with his stomach, visiting places that make him hungry and he’s a real geek at heart — so you’ll always find gadgets in his backpack. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and watch his Youtube channel on his travel in Portugal and the world– they are so fun and inspiring.
Welcome Fabio! Tell us about yourself, your blog and your coming adventure.
My name is Fabio and I’m a Portuguese guy who has lived in London his entire life. FabMeetsWorld.com started when I decided to leave my job and spend the summer of 2015 travelling. After some amazing experiences and the thrill of starting to work for myself, I wanted to share the journey with others.
The blog itself is an intersection between my passion for travelling, devouring food and a geeky twist, as I’ll occasionally cover travel-orientated tech.
How to you balance travel, remote work and blogging?
Honestly, it’s tougher than I ever thought but I love the ability to get work done while I’m on the road.
That said, as much as I enjoy all of the travel blogging, I have to keep reminding myself that my marketing consultancy business takes priority since it pays the bills. In short: it’s just a case of continuously trying to stay disciplined — even while I’m abroad.
As revealed in your blog that you are from Portugal, what is one of your favorite places there?
The palaces in Sintra blow me away. Pena & Monserratte palaces are must-visits when you visit Lisbon since they’re only 20-30 minutes away, and you get stunning views from the top of the hills.
Somewhere less touristy is Sines. It’s a small coastal city but because it’s so quiet, by the coast and cheap, I love heading out there as often as I can.
What is your favorite food?
Indian and Italian. Went to Naples and had traditional Italian food, and ever since I’ve been dying for more.
I love Italian food too! What are your favorite moments during your travels?
My favorite moment was the first day I went travelling in 2015. I agreed a remote-working situation with my employer at the time and had four weeks of travelling booked: Agadir in Morocco, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Madrid in Spain, and lastly Vienna, Austria. The build-up was such a thrill in itself and I don’t think I’ve ever been able to replicate that excitement for a long-term trip!
If you would live anywhere in this world now, where would you choose to live?
Definitely Portugal. London is great and it gives me super convenient access to airports (meaning access to plenty of cheap flights) but I love the climate and way of life in Portugal. Sadly, due to family circumstances I have to stay rooted in England, at least for now.
Portugal is a beautiful place and I dream of visiting there one day. Do you have any tips for digital nomads?
We’re living in the digital age and more often than not, there’s a way to start making money online. Put your fears to the side, stop thinking and just DO. Too many people worry about stuff they don’t need to and get held back from a life they could have.
If you’re already a successful digital nomad, my tip would be to check out Portugal as a hub. Low cost of living, wonderful people, great climate and foodie heaven!
What is the biggest pet peeve of yours?
People who have no consideration! Don’t stop walking randomly in the middle of the street to take a photo when you’ve got hundreds of people behind you. Leave things clean for others. Things like that.
Any important lessons you learned from your travels you want to share?
There is so much more to life than working in an office cubicle. I still haven’t traveled as much as I’d like, so there’s plenty to learn, but most importantly I learnt that taking a risk and chasing what you want is incredibly important if you want to be happy.
Thank you Fabio Virgi for a wonderful interview. Enjoy your return trip to Portugal!
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