Travel movies: my ultimate list (and something more)

« In times like these, escape is the only way to stay alive and continue dreaming. »  Henri Laborit, In Praise of Escape

Why a travel movie list?

The thing is: I just want to close the year with something that I’ve almost neglected in 2016. Vagabonding. Travels. And it’s not because I haven’t moved away from London. Indeed, this year I visited US and Italy so many times, Boston and NY, Cleveland and Miami, Milan and Sicily, and then Iceland, the Netherlands and Ireland, Portugal, Germany and France, Greece and Poland. But my focus has been content marketing including my new adventure as a public speaker. For this reason, vagabonding needs at least some attention before the year ends. Continue reading “Travel movies: my ultimate list (and something more)”

Diaries

What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.

Wandering around our America has changed me more than I thought. I am not me any more. At least I’m not the same me I was.

Mapping where you have been

I’ve been looking this morning for customised travel maps, those nice maps where you can color countries where you’ve been and they sadly tell as a result that you still miss 90% of the globe. I found a couple of interesting tools, eg. amCharts Visited Country Map and the Guardian custom maps. But the thing is: they are all inaccurate.

Take Russia. I visited Moscow, several time. Never seen the rest of the country, unfortunately. Same for Canada. Been in Toronto. I’d love to visit the rest of that beautiful country. Or the States. I’ve been all around the 2 coasts, but I still miss a lot. And I’ve never been to Alaska.

So when I start using those customizable maps, how can I select that I’ve just visited Moscow – not Russia? Or Toronto – not Canada? The resulting map will show that I’ve been more or less everywhere. But that’s very inaccurate.

And so I found the Travel Score project. The basic idea behind the map is quite simple. It divides the earth into graticular blocks. By selecting those cells that you’ve already visited, the web app calculates a bunch of things like country visited, % vs. ROW, etc. Which is definitely a smarter approach. Because again I visited Moscow, not Russia. Port Arcourt, not Nigeria. Unfortunately there is no way to save or share, so you need to go with screenshots – as I did with the featured image.

Well. Maybe the final conclusion of my search is: my entire life won’t be enough to visit the world. I visited about 40 countries vs. 147. I have a travel score of 4/5 but I feel like I am still missing the most. Interesting enough, one thing has changed in the last 20 years with my travel approach. No longer alone. Because, as someone said time ago:

Happiness is only real when shared.

Back home

Finally home. A few days in London, then back on a flight. Boston and Rhode Island next stops. Lots of meetings and final steps to secure internal buy-in and sponsorship for the content marketing strategy we’ve defined. We’re super-prepared and glad to be at the end of the journey – just kidding, it’s really just the beginning…  : )

Places

I should have been asking myself why I am still paying for two blogs with respective hosting and maintenance services if I don’t touch them since months.

It’s like I am doing a favour to myself – with the wrong perception that it’s a favour to the world. Not easy to shut down a  place (even a virtual place) where you have been around for so many years.

In a few days I will close a less virtual place, the apt where I’ve spent the last three years with my kids, in Milan. It’s the last act of a super-long mental process that drove me to the decision to leave Milan and the country.

London is a welcoming town. If you are lucky enough to find the right place to live. It’s like New York – so familiar with its shops, buildings, stations, cars. You have been crossing its streets many times, thousand times, you have been sipping espressos in its bars. Even if you have never been there.

So without a place in Milan I will become even more a vagabonder. Time to accept my destiny. Those virtual places which I have written of so many times in my blogs (other virtual places that I decided to not get rid off) will ironically become home.

Lost (and now found)

And so I went this early morning back to Milan Linate airport to look for my lost iPad mini. The first place where I started my research was the L&F office. The lost&found office works with/for lost baggage only. A different office is in charge of lost objects. So I went to the different office. A different-different office is in charge of objects lost on Alitalia flights. So I went to the different-different office.

They found immediately the iPad. It was still stored somewhere close to the runaways. It took 45 mins to get it back to the office, and then in my hands.

I have to say – people from the 3 offices were extremely polite and helpful. The third office was supposed to open at 9am, but they started the research as soon as I got there. It was 8am. Thank you.

So the iPad is now back home. I’ve just deactivated the lost mode. Few minutes after powering the iPad on, I got a tweet from the Airport account.

In few words:

  • phone numbers to contact lost objects office in Milan Linate are +39 0224993458 (Alitalia flights) and +39 0274852359
  • emails are oggetti.smarriti@alitalia.it (Alitalia flights) and lostproperty@seamilano.eu (all other flights)