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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!





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?



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!




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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Deepak Pandey

Hi, I am Deepak here, I am planning for a new trip. Please guide me a few places where I can utilize my holidays.

Celia, nice way of struggle and getting all that you ever wanted and dreamed of and then leave all for the adventure lust. It was a very brave step indeed and I support your decision and the courage that you have shown. Without taking risk in life, we cannot get anything. We have to move out of our comfort zone and aim high to get what we want and in the end we finally achieve that relentlessly.

Ciao Clelia, ti faccio i miei complimenti, hai davvero un blog interessante…hai detto una cosa veramente importane, ognuno dovrebbe credere e realizzare i propri sogni, a qualsiasi età.
Ho letto che hai vissuto otto anni a Torino (io ci ho vissuto dodici anni), però non hai scritto nulla su Torino nel blog, o mi sbaglio?


Nice Story. I really liked your blog.


I’m very interested in your blog Clelia!
good luck 🙂

Your story is so inspiring. I love your humility and open-mindedness. I’m so excited to have discovered your page!


Thanks for sharing your story. Yours is very inspiring. Thanks for the tips as well.


wow! i like traveling too!
your website is perfect 🙂
good luck


Fantastic, and I only read the “Welcome” page

Molto interessante questo blog, scoperto da poco.
Faccio un po’ fatica con l’inglese, ma vedrò di applicarmi un attimo perché quello che scrivi mi sembra interessante. Un abbraccio

Great idea and cool website!


Thank you for your advice! Much appreciated… Keep living the dream! 🙂


Hi love reading your blog and stories, you can really sense the passion in your words! I lived in Mexico for a year from August 2015 to 2016, ran out of money and had to come back to England… Im in a position financially where I can go again for maybe longer than a year.. my question is simply how do you support yourself financially? I can’t web develop or have any It skills to work remotely and tbh I don’t think I have the passion to learn it either but I know I’m passionate about travelling. Any tips or… Read more »

Great Blog Everything is written very well , Inspired me to travel .

arun kumar

really best blog all travel experience is good

Woow, this looks really amazing,
This is really on my have to do list before i get into my 40’s

Keep posting,
Kind regards

Admiring the time and energy you put into your site and detailed information you offer.
It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material.
Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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Ciao Cle’…
un caro saluto.


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!!


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

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.

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… Read more »

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!


Hi Clelia,

Congrats in your courage to leave a stable life, but dull and follow their dreams. You’ve seen this story on you?

Enjoy your life! Not everyone can quit a percentage job and explore the world

Hey Clelia, really admire your courage to travel the world! Thats my dream as well. You are a great inspiration..

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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… Read more »

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Very ironic website.remember we met in Chobe,Botswana.

Beautifully written …. Loved going thru it…
Xoxo, Neha

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*

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… Read more »


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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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.


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… Read more »