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 WHO IS THIS GIRL?!

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clelia mattana, travel blogger, keep calm and travel, about me

This is me! shocker, you’d never had guessed, right? 🙂

Hi! If you are here it’s because you want to know a bit more about me, so I better introduce myself! I’m Clelia, a self-ironic girl, born on a beautiful Italian Island: Sardinia.

At age 19 I left my parents’ house and started my nomadic life. I first explored my beautiful Italy, living in Turin and Rome for a few years.


At the “tender” age of 30 I moved to England to learn English. I worked as an Au pair and continued my career in the Fashion Industry at Burberry London for 5 years. I had a prestigious job, a good salary and a studio flat all to myself. I was living in one of the coolest European Capitals. I had the “perfect life” but I wasn’t really happy.


I knew I didn’t want that life. It wasn’t the real me. Since a young age, I was crazy about traveling but my family was poor that I had to dream for many many years.


One day I decided that I had dreamed enough, and on 10th of August 2012 I decided that in 6 months I will quit my job, save enough money, and buy a one – way ticket to Bangkok. I was about to realize my biggest, wildest dreams, and I’ll never forget that day!

 

 

 

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At 35, people expect you to settle down, get married and have kids, but I decided to travel instead. Life is too short to wait for the right moment. Sure, I was scared to death and felt a lot of  pressure on me. Nobody understood why I was “throwing away ” my perfect, well-paid life.. And  for what? Travel?

 

YES! AND I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER WITH MY CHOICE

I started my trip in South East Asia on the 10th of February 2013, and my plans are to be able to travel  as much as I can.

I already experienced some crazy, amazing and funny moments so far: I had a very emotional night before my departure. I fell in love with Cambodia and the amazing Philippines and its people.

I left my travel buddy for a month of solo adventures, I got engaged in Bali and moved to Thailand, where I lived and worked as English/ballet teacher for 5 incredible months. Two years on the road, I collected so many adventures, and I’m finally living the life of my dreams (which also includes a few misadventures here and there!)


If you want to read more, go to the “start here” page!

 

WHY THIS BLOG?

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My blog is my life, my job and my passion. What is it all about? I would like to send a message: No matter what your age is, or your budget, or status, you can travel and live your life on your own terms.

This website is dedicated to all those people who are not sure they are living the life they really want to, and think that it’s too late to change. Too late to learn a new language or to follow their dreams.


No matter if you are still studying or, like me, in your mid-thirties, forties, sixties or over. Do what you really want. If you like traveling or you have a big dream, save the money and just do it! It’s not always easy. All I know is that it is always WORTH IT.

 


If I managed to succeed, believe me… Everybody can!

I am just another girl who believed enough in her dreams to make them happen. That’s really all it takes. Nothing more. No need to be rich and no special talents required.

This is what I really want from my blog: To convince you that you have the right to live your dreams, and to make you smile over my latest clumsy adventures! 🙂

I hope you enjoy reading my website. If I can help you in ANY WAY contact me, write a comment or whatever method you prefer (messages in a bottle and pigeons are fine too… just be patient for my reply!).

 


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  1. Hello Clelia,

    Congratulations for your dreamed and real life

    Sometimes, I think to quit my job because I feel that its not the life that I want to live. I always dream to travel to other countries, knowing differents cultures, people and places, but my fear to spend a lot of money and the express me in differents languages that I don’t know, for example, my English is not very good. Especially if I’ll know move alone and with the documentation required.

    One question for you. Have you been stay in Spain? if not so, will you come?

    Best wishes!!

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      Hey Miguel, Thanks for your comment 🙂 Don’t worry, my English is not perfect either but I managed to communicate with people one way or the other! Yes I’ve been in Spain several times, beautiful country!

  2. Ciao Clelia , tutto bello ma quanto può durare ? Mi chiedo per le feste torni a casa o sei sempre in giro per il mondo? Chi condivide con te tutto questo ? Chi ti consola quando sei triste? Ciao! Sofia

  3. Hi Clelia,

    I love your blog! I’ve referred to your posts and have used them for travel advice personally and to give to other people.

    You’re a huge inspiration. In my career I worked with bloggers all over the world helping them with marketing their blog, and I must say out of all the blogs I’ve seen this is my favorite!!

    Thank you for all you do.
    -Melissa

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  4. Clelia, hi,
    I have just discovered your blog and by reading your “life story” and how you set this goal to yourself to start living the dream life, in just half a year… this is super amazing! I am from UK myself and I can relate so much to the fact that we live here, get comfortable with some job, which seems to pay the bills, and then slowly let our life go by.
    I like travelling too, but I am on the path of my life where I am yet to change the route a bit, and start travelling more and enjoying myself.
    Thank you for the huge inspiration. Now I am off to read more of your adventures. 🙂

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      Thanks Irina! Go get the world 🙂 PS, sorry I’m so slow when it comes to write about my adventures (hello Africa!!) but I will work on them very soon!
      Cheers Clelia

  5. Hi Clelia, I admire your choice to travel and your blog. I have always had this inner feeling to travel the world. With all the troubles in the world such as terrorism it scares me so. Plus some countries aren’t so kind to Americans. I’m in a middle of a separation of marriage and now is the best time to plan. You helped me with that knowledge. Maybe you can write about money and how not to get robbed? More travel tips from your experience? Thanks again for you being you!

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      Hey Patrick, what you said in your comment is indeed something everyone is worried about. The point is, yes it might be unsettling to think about everything that is happening at the moment but I’m also a fatalist so there is no point in staying home because of the fear. This is exactly what these people want us to do.
      As for the tips to avoid getting robbed… it’s just common sense (but I’ll write a piece with more advice based on my personal experience one of these days). Don’t bring too much money with you, always lock your luggage and if you’re carrying an expensive camera or tech gear, don’t show it on the streets for too long, avoid dodgy areas (do your research beforehand) but don’t be too uptight. Unless you are going to a risky country, you can relax! 🙂

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      Thanks Thiago! Yes I saw that article as I was wondering why I was having so many people from Brasil visiting my website these days 😀

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      Salah, my message here is not that everyone should quit their jobs and travel the world. It’s more of “try to do what you really like”, which can mean anything really, and I don’t recommend quitting a job like I did as most of the times you’ll have to have a backup plan. I was “lucky” as I was stubborn enough to make it work, but I understand that not all the situations are the same, but I encourage people to still dream big, no matter what the situation is.

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      Hi Nicole, thanks for your lovely comment! I wish you can realize your dream too. It’s not always easy, but if realizing dreams were simple…well, everyone would be having the life of their dreams, right?:) Best of luck to you!

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  8. Ciao..non so molto della tua storia, ma ho letto l’articolo comparso su Huffpost e mi piacerebbe avere un confronto con te. Sono d’accordo infatti che viaggiare sia molto bello e rilassante: come potrebbe non esserlo? Vedi posti nuovi, magnifici e sostanzialmente anche se lavori, decidi tu quando mollare il lavoro per andartene in vacanza. Non hai orari, nè punti fissi da rispettare. E purtroppo io credo che la tua storia rappresenti il male moderno: i giovani non sanno più prendersi responsabilità e fuggono. Fuggono in una vita che non è quella reale perché a me da sempre (e di anni ne ho 7 meno di te) hanno insegnato ad affrontare le responsabilità e i problemi: ad affrontare un capo, i colleghi, i miei genitori, il mio moroso e il mio ex senza avere sempre la possibilità di scappare e questo mi ha fatto crescere e sentire forte. Tu invece? Appena hai un problema molli tutto e scappi. Questa è la vita? Anche a me piacerebbe poter scappare, ma ogni giorno in cui affronto un problema mi sento migliore e ogni responsabilità me la assumo stando vicina a chi mi vuole bene e a chi non me ne vuole, stando vicina alle persone che sono importanti per me, non stando dall’altra parte del mondo dicendo “mi mancate” o “siete miei amici”..in fondo è bello condividere! Scusami se questo sembra un attacco, è solo che veramente vorrei cercare di capire la tua posizione e se credi che ci sia un fondo di verità in ciò che dico…

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      Ciao Daffy! Oggi vado super di corsa, ma ti ringrazio per il tuo commento perche’ hai centrato un tasto dolente di cui mi piacerebbe molto parlare in maniera poi approfondita appena ho un attimo, quindi rispondero’ alle tue domande e perplessita’ molto volentieri!

    2. Grande Clelia!!! Hai capito tutto dalla vita…. il tempo è prezioso, e tu ne hai recuperato un bel po’ non facendo la “pecora”!!! 😉

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      Hi David, of course I remember! So glad you found me in here! I miss Africa so much. Till next time 🙂

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  11. Kudos to you! I returned a year ago from a “gap year” that I took when I was 30. And already, I’m browsing through my blog feeds because the travel bug is calling again. Love reading about the life and experiences from like minded explorers, travel on *heart*

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  12. Hi … love your site! You remind me of me! At 22 I bought a 1 way ticket to Singapore (no job…but I found one) and stayed in Asia 8 years. Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bangladesh and loved every minute!

    Next stop Europe, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Roma … and yes, the place I loved the most, Sardegna! The rest is history. Married a Sardo, lived in Sardegna 11 years and even though I am back in Canada, I will return. In the meantime, Africa, Mexico, Columbia … ya da ya da!

    I am now 53 and will never, ever stop travelling and experiencing the world. Now my kids are starting to travel on their own and I am so excited for them!

    Thanks for inspiring others to travel at any age … it’s never too late to live your dream! Ciao bella!

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      Hi Christine, wow your story is super interesting! As you can testify, there is no age limit for what we really want to do, and it’s so cool that your kids are also starting to travel, you are definitely a good example for them!

      Safe trips!
      Clelia

  13. Ciao Clelia!
    Stavo leggendo un articolo del blog, dove hai scritto che vivi a 45 minuti da Chia, e mi sono chiesta: Non è che vivi a Capoterra? Magari siamo vicine di casa e non lo sapevo! Comunque, capisco se non mi vuoi rispondere per questioni di privacy, la mia era giusto una curiosità 🙂

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      Hey, no…non vivo a Capoterra 🙂 I miei abitano vicino Cagliari e quando vengo in Sardegna uso casa loro come base, io non abito piu’ in Sardegna e nemmeno in Italia mi divido l’anno tra Europa e Asia per ora!

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  15. I love your story! I hope I could do what I really wanted soon.
    I’m from the Philippines but now here in Dubai.
    Good thing you found the Philippines as I consider it the best for nature and beaches.

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      Hey Adrian, thank you for your nice message! Lucky you, the Philippines are a true paradise on earth! I can’t wait to go back!! 🙂
      Good luck for your future project!remember my motto: NEVER GIVE UP! Results sometimes are not immediate but if you stick to what you believe in, you’ll be successful!
      Cheers 🙂

  16. I Celia. Retired couple ( my wife and I) we love traveling, come to italy a lot 3 months at a time. Always wanted to come to Sardinia. I would love to move around the island for a month or two and finish up in Sicily . As pensioners we are on budget. IS it possible to rent a 1 bedroom apartment from
    a private individual? Want to avoid agencies what is best way to find out about this. We travel by city buses and trains have lots of patience. Any one you know in town or small city near beaches?
    Thanks.

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      Hi Paul, can I ask you the favor to put questions about Sardinia in one of the related articles? This way other people can benefit from my answer, as my website is not all about Sardinia 🙂

      Thanks a lot!
      Clelia

    2. Did u find accom in Sardinia iam doing something like that in June and July just need a heads up what the renting was like
      Spent winter in aosta valley renting no prob and affordable
      Ciao

  17. Hi Clelia, found your blog by accident and so happy of it! I love to travel but never had an opportunity to do as much as I wish – first had very low money and now having 2 very small children and no one around to babysit for longer than a couple of hours 😉 Even though we aim to go to new places a few times every year and this summer we want to go to Sardinia and I would be very happy if you could help me choosing the best place for us. So we are thinking of going in June as the kids are age 3 and 1 and want to avoid the heat and crowds; we are flying from London to Cagliari, Alghero or Olbia and what we are looking for is a relaxed place, decent beaches and a city nearby where we can have a stroll, restaurants, small shops and medical etc. services if needed.
    Any opinion would be much appreciated!
    Wish you many many new pins on the map and lots of fun!
    regards,
    Plamena

  18. Disclaimer for all the people who left a comment on the About me page: After the re-design I somehow lost all the comments on this page! I am trying to get them back, but in case I won’t be able to do so, I still thank you all for your lovely words.

    The comments might not be here, but I remember them all and I’m grateful for your encouraging and nice words!

  19. I completely agree with what you said! No matter what, if you are able to answer one simple question = what would make me feel happy and satisfied with my life? you must go and do it! I am full time working person with all the stuff like job, mortgage and bills to pay, but my priority is to travel as much as I can and tell people the same – if this is what rocks your boat – you must travel! BDW – We have visited Sardinia last Easter and even though the weather was crap we loved beautiful surroundings and amazing views! Your blog is fantastic! Keep it up so I can learn more, haha!

    1. Thanks Monika!
      I’m glad to read your message as it shows that there are many ways to indulge in our wanderlust. You still have a full time job and the bills to pay, but this doesn’t stop you from following your dreams as well…and I find it inspiring for many people who can’t or simply don’t want to leave their stable lives!

      Regarding my beloved Sardinia, even under torrential rain is still the most beautiful place on earth 🙂

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