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Travel Experts: The Scruffy Italian

idea of doing something new, although somehow scary, has always been very exciting to me!

CM: Where in the world have you traveled and do you have a favorite spot on earth? SG: I have traveled extensively through Europe, Northern America, and Southeast Asia, a bit of Africa: 4 continents, God knows how many countries (around 40 in total I think). My favorite spot on earth so far is Gili Air, a tiny island in Indonesia‌ I could spend months there, despite the Monsoons! CM: What is your process of picking the places that you will visit? SG: I am not much of a planner, I have to admit. I choose to visit a broad area (Southeast Asia for example) and, once there, I go with the flow: ask for suggestions from fellow travelers, fellow travel bloggers, the locals‌ I feel this is the best way to travel like a local. My curiosity has always been

my main driver. I have always loved to travel and discover new cultures, different ways of living and thinking. CM: Where do you call home? SG: Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy. It is where I am from, and where I spend most of my time when I am not traveling. CM: As a gay traveler, what is the most important piece of advice for other gay travelers? SG: Do some research before deciding where to travel to, be aware of the tolerance towards homosexuality to make sure you are safe. CM: Do you prefer to travel alone or with others? SG: I am a solo traveler by definition! CM: Besides your passport, what is the one thing you always take with you on your adventures? SG: The selfie stick, my phone/camera of course!

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