Michela Gaiti

Leave his postman job to Onore, now Giuseppe is a travel blogger with his family

An unbridled passion for travel and the cultures of other countries, so much so that it became a profession. Giuseppe Schiavi is 46 years old, from Onore, and a few years ago he left his post as a postman to deal entirely with «Travel2Travel», his blog dedicated to the world of travel, born in December 2018. Together with him, to accompany him in this adventure, his wife Clara and daughters Martina, 17, and Vanessa, 8. Unfortunately, the pandemic has changed the plans of recent times especially in this sector but the Schiavi family can be said to all intents and purposes a citizen of the world, always with the suitcase ready to leave for new adventures to tell. Honor, in this period marked by Covid, has returned to being their base, but in recent years they have always traveled between Canada, Thailand, USA, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, most of Europe, including our beautiful Italy and North Africa.

«We have been cultivating a passion for travel for a lifetime – says the 46-year-old – and over time I realized that there was the possibility of transforming this passion into a job. As a family we have always organized trips in complete autonomy, our home is the world, and therefore a conviction was born in me: to help families like us to travel, giving useful advice and important ideas. I quit and started chasing my dream. I made this decision by comparing myself with Clara and she, as usual, supported me in everything. Having a family of four, I tried to plan everything down to the smallest detail, always putting our daughters and their future first ».

«Of course we didn’t improvise writers and photographers but we studied and documented ourselves. Every job does not come from nothing, but with dedication and commitment we have acquired the necessary skills – says the former postman -. The savings of twenty-two years of work were used to invest in the birth of the blog and of course to help my family. Technically I can say that I have become a travel blogger. The work consists in documenting our travels with articles, present on the blog and advertised on social media. Readers have the opportunity to read important free information that can be spent on their travels. We collaborate with accommodation facilities and everything related to tourism such as museums, restaurants, bars to self-finance our trips ».

A risk that not many would have taken. But Joseph was never afraid. “Afraid of not making it? If I had, I wouldn’t have even started. We met with professionals in the sector who encouraged us to continue and supported us in growth. I work all day for this business, a full time job while my wife Clara works as a half day employee. Compared to before, I work many more hours, but personal satisfaction has tripled. Our family business is structured in this way: I take care of the financial and commercial part, Clara instead of photography, social media, and most importantly, she studies and plans the trips. We create everything independently, from itineraries to digital content. We are convinced that travel is an excellent “school” for our daughters, because they visit and get to know new realities, they understand that diversity is not a problem, but it is beauty and a very important value. This is why every country we have visited has increased our cultural and human baggage ».

«Traveling in four people is very difficult – continues Giuseppe Schiavi -, especially with children of different ages it can create many inconveniences, but we would like to point out that they are not insurmountable obstacles, just organize yourself in advance. In addition, many often give up for economic reasons, but sometimes you can make important trips with limited budgets. Our girls follow us in everything and are very collaborative, they love to plan the trip with us; without them “Travel2Travel” would not be what it is now. We visited Canada, Thailand, USA, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, most of Europe, including our beautiful Italy and North Africa. The best trip? What needs to be done. The ugliest? Doesn’t exist. Difficult times? Absolutely yes, and there we discovered how united we are ».

In June 2020 the dream of a lifetime would come true, a trip to New Zealand and Australia. A month between kangaroos, sea, Maori and lots of nature. But the pandemic, which broke out a few months earlier all over the world, has slightly upset the plans of the Schiavi family.

“Unfortunately, due to Covid19 – underlines the travel blogger -, the world of travel has suffered a devastating crisis, as in other sectors, but every change must be faced with courage and strength, because there is always a positive side, even if sometimes it is very hidden. Many projects, the result of intense months of work, suddenly went up in smoke, such as the planned trip to Australia and New Zealand, which we will make as soon as possible, but other destinations are “boiling in the pot”. On the other hand, we have dedicated a lot of time to our Italy, which is full of wonderful attractions to visit, from north to south. We left full of new ideas, vaccinated and ready to embrace the world again; always at work to offer our readers precious goals and ideas that they can follow ».

«Our happiness is to receive messages of thanks for the advice given: they give us the strength to continue in our intent. The amazing thing is that they contact us from all over the world. Our Instagram page is in fact followed by over twenty thousand followers, and we are happy and proud to involve, inspire and offer valuable insights. Don’t be afraid to travel, even if with a family or with small children ».

Being closer to the people of Bergamo living abroad and collecting their experiences around the world: this is why the “Bergamo without borders” project was born, promoted by “L’Eco di Bergamo” in collaboration with the Community Foundation Bergamo. For those who wish, it is possible to receive the digital edition of the newspaper free of charge for one year and tell their story. To join, write to [email protected] .

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