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Retro Kolkata Exclusive : Interview with the Travel Vlogger Gian Luca Sgaggero from Italy


Image © Gian Luca Sgaggero

I'm totally in love with Thailand, especially the northern regions where you can find authentic cities, pristine forests and amazing people. Mexico stole my heart, I had one of my best adventures traveling through Yucatan, Chiapas and Quitana Roo. In Europe I love to explore Greece, Portugal and Spain. Africa is an unbelievable land, but many countries are not friendly with LGBTQI+ people, so we stopped to visit it and miss it a lot.

Retro Kolkata : First of all, thanks a lot for accepting our invitation for an interview. it’s a great pleasure to have you as our Guest. Let’s start from the first question… Let's jump into the past. How did you get started with traveling? What inspired you to start travelling?

Gian : I've always travelled a lot since I was a really young; my parents are from Sardinia, but we live in Piedmont (North Italy), where we still live, so Sardinia was our best destination for vacation and also to find relatives and grandparents. My first trips around the world started when I was 18 years old; I was eager to discover new places (Egypt, Cabo Verde, Canary Islands). I got married when I was 27th, my marriage lasted only 3 years, but we had travel addiction in common, so we started to travel in Asia, Central America and more Africa destinations. After we divorced I continued to travel by myself, every time without plans, I just buy the flight ticket and then the adventure starts. After some months I knew Lele and my life changed, we are living together since 13 years now and we travel every time we can. Our gaylife is so amazing.


Image © Gian Luca Sgaggero

Retro Kolkata : How did you decide to become a travel blogger? Was it a thoughtful choice behind setting-up ‘viaggiaescopri’?

Gian : I really didn't plan to become a travel blogger. After I divorced, in 2009, I felt the need to fix my travel memories, one chapter of my life was ending and I wanted to save our travel memories together. In the beginning of 2010, I opened my first website to collect my travel pictures, after that, some people started to ask me information about those places, so I decided to write a little bit about them. I began to publish articles and people started to call me travel blogger, some months later I opened our Facebook page and Twitter profile, a couple of years later Instagram started to have success and Lele joined me with his videos feeding our YouTube account.


Retro Kolkata : How do you keep yourself updated on the latest trends about travel blogging?

Gian : Honestly, I don't keep myself updated, since I am one of the first Italian travel bloggers, I know more or less every one of my 'colleagues', me and Lele use to attend to travel fairs, conferences and expositions, we were also invited as speakers in some of them.


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Retro Kolkata : What are some of your favourite places you’ve visited?

Gian : It's very difficult to decide, each place has something special that I miss. However ,some places are unique for me and I miss them more. I'm totally in love with Thailand, especially the northern regions where you can find authentic cities, pristine forests and amazing people. Mexico stole my heart, I had one of my best adventures traveling through Yucatan, Chiapas and Quitana Roo. In Europe I love to explore Greece, Portugal and Spain. Africa is an unbelievable land, but many countries are not friendly with LGBTQI+ people, so we stopped to visit it and miss it a lot.