Get to Know Simon Falvo

Simon Falvo

Travel addict and social media enthusiast, Simon Falvo started her Wild About Travel website for fun but it soon became apparent that she had been bitten by the travel and writing bug.

From a passionate travel writer, it didn’t take Simon long to become a social media addict beyond the point of recovery. She is told to be dangerous as her passion when she talks about social media (especially Twitter) is often contagious.

She developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing and holds workshops and trainings by important companies, as well as consultancy (leveraging also on her previous 10 years experience in investment banking and 8 years in a PR firm).

More recently, Simon created the website for a mountain hut, Rifugio Mai Tardi. She also participated as a speaker at several events, talking about personal branding, destination digital marketing and collaboration with bloggers.

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What is ‘Wild About Travel’?

The mirror of my greatest passion: travel. And the wish to share my experiences and emotions.
I like adventure, the outdoors and wilderness, but I am also passionate about art and culture. To me, the beauty of travel is in the discovery.

Getting more personal

My kind of travel: mostly solo, often last-minute and without much planning, ready (and loving) to change plans according to my mood

The countries which most impressed me? Not easy but let’s say… Yemen, Peru, Nepal, Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa

Favorite cities: Barcelona, Vienna, London, Rome, Paris

Scenery warming my heart: mountains, desert, wild beaches, canyons and volcanoes

The good luck charm coming along with me in all my travels? My jeans jacket

More things and places capturing my attention: street art, medieval hamlets, street performers, local costumes and old traditions

Activities I love to do: hiking, scuba diving, getting lost in the tiny streets of many cities

Things that scare the hell out of me and I’d never do: white water rafting, bungee-jumping

My greatest regret: I won’t live enough to experience all the places I’d love to discover

At the top of my dream list? Exploring western Canada, seeing the humpback and killer whales, hike in the Canadian Rockies. The glaciers and icebergs in Patagonia and Antarctica. Seeing the Aurora Borealis. Exploring more of Africa (Mali, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, …). A long trip to discover New Zealand. Going back to the USA, see again Grand Canyon, Bryce and Arches, visit Yellowstone and more Western National Parks and explore Hawaii. Drive along Baja California, visit Colombia, Ecuador and the Galápagos and… scuba diving with hammerhead sharks.

See now why I’m Wild About Travel? 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my adventures!

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42 thoughts on “Get to Know Simon Falvo”

  1. Hi Simon, I really like your site and must say I share a few of the same places on your list. Would love to dive with the hammerheads and see Antartica. Happy travels 🙂

  2. Hi Simon

    I love the photo (B&W) of the vintage Fiat, and it happens to be in the region where my paternal grandparents were born. Thanks for the support on Twitter. Glad I found your blog!

  3. Hi Simon, good to connect and remember meeting you at WTM tweetup at the Hilton for a brief encounter. Lovely website and some really nice photography. I look forward in reading more about wild about travel adventures 🙂

    If you are visiting WTM this year – will be good to catch up.

    Cheers
    Abhishek

    • Hey, Abhishek, thanks God your memory is better than mine cause I wouldn’t have remembered having met you at WTM 🙂
      I’m so glad you like the website as it is meant to mirror my passion for travel. Not sure if I’ll go to WTM this year. Depends if I can find free accommodation as London is so expensive… 🙂 Cheers back at you!

  4. Hey ,

    How are you doing these days? It sounds like you have some very exciting things to look forward to with your blog and travels. I’ve been back at home in recent weeks after a long journey. Some things are comforting and other things are annoying. Next week I’m off to Korea! How about you? What’s the next step?

    Anyhow, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. You’re a passionate traveller and it comes across in your blog entries.

    I have put your blog on my link section: http://nomadicsamuel.com/links & would be thrilled if you would include my blog on yours.

    Anyhow, best wishes with everything!

    Cheers,

    Samuel

  5. Hey Simon,

    How are you doing these days? It sounds like you have some very exciting things to look forward to with your blog and travels. I’ve been back at home in recent weeks after a long journey. Some things are comforting and other things are annoying. Next week I’m off to Korea! How about you? What’s the next step?

    Anyhow, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. You’re a passionate traveller and it comes across in your blog entries.

    I have put your blog on my link section: http://nomadicsamuel.com/links & would be thrilled if you would include my blog on yours.

    My blog features daily travel photos and daily travel videos drawing from vast resources of nearly 20,000 SmugMug photos and 800 + Youtube videos from my personal channels. I also write about backpacking, quirky travel tales, budget travel, teaching English in Asia and travel photography tips. I’ve been on the road for 6 consecutive years and NOW have a lot to share 🙂

    Anyhow, best wishes with everything!

    Cheers,

    Samuel

  6. Great site. Following your twitter stream and you are duly bookmarked. We think you will be a handy resource during our very own travels. Thanks. David and Helen x

  7. Simon, thanks for the link as well and just so you know, I’m waiting for you to visit Malaysia. Make sure it’s a couple of weeks too!

    David

    • Thank you, David. Malaysia is still on the top of my mind and I really hope to come in 2011. Two weeks… for sure!
      Hugs!

  8. Hi Simon

    Buongiorno from Edinburgh. Thought I’d peep behind your Twitter profile and see your website-nice clean layout and very impressive photography.
    Whereabouts in Italy are you? I was in Toscana in June, beautiful 10 days in Pisa, Lucca (my favourite city in Italy) a week in a small obscure hilltown called San Gennaro…was stunning

    Say hello to me on twitter.com/budgettraveller or via http://www.europebudgetguide.com

    Ciao!
    Kash

    • Hi Kash, thanks for stopping by and for the nice words. I’m glad you like Wild About Travel.
      I live in Milan, not too bad a city but nothing to do with the wonderful Tuscan cities (I love Lucca too), not to say Rome.
      I hope you’ll visit my blog again.
      Cheers!

  9. We are fans of wild-about-travel.com and would love you to consider a link exchange.

    My partner Danielle and I are currently traveling to nearly every country in Africa (we are writing now from Dakar, Senegal) meeting with farmers, workers, NGO’s and community groups writing about innovations and projects that our working to alliviate hunger and poverty. We travel blog everyday at BorderJumpers (www.borderjumpers.org). We are trying to highlight stories of hope and success.

    Thanks so much for your consideration!

    All the best, Bernie and Dani

    • Bernie and Dani, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. You’re doing a fantastic journey and I believe we all are in need of stories of hope and success. BorderJmpers has been added in my favorites, did you see it?
      By the way, I wonder if you might be interested in writing a guest post for my new series ‘Beyond Borders’. You’re having such amazing experiences that would perfectly fit in what ‘Beyond Borders’ means to me.
      Best wishes,
      Simon

  10. We would love you to consider a link exchange.

    My partner Danielle and I are currently traveling to nearly every country in Africa (we are writing now from Dakar, Senegal) meeting with farmers, workers, NGO’s and community groups writing about innovations and projects that our working to alliviate hunger and poverty. We travel blog everyday at BorderJumpers (www.borderjumpers.org). We are trying to highlight stories of hope and success.

    Thanks so much for your consideration!

    All the best, Bernie and Dani

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. You’re doing a wonderful travel and I’ve just added your blog among my favorites. The world is in need of hope and awesome stories!
      A big hug!
      Simon

  11. Hi Simon,

    We’ve connected on Twitter and Stumbleupon, so I figured I’d better come over here to introduce myself. You’ve got a beautiful blog. I especially like your point about giving travel advice. You’re absolutely right. Travel is deeply personal and it does change all the time. I’ve changed in so many ways since my first journey abroad in 1993. It can be a little overwhelming to look back at who I used to be and who I am today. It makes me wonder what I’ll be like ten or even twenty years from now. 🙂

    • Hi Carrie,

      so nice to meet you and thank you so much for your compliments! As you say, the way we look at and live a travel experiences changes over time, and this happened to me as well (did you read by chance the post ‘The Story behind my Journeys‘?). Anyway, my personal thought is that no matter the changes as long as the passion is the same.

      I hope you’ll come back and visit my blog.
      Cheers!
      Simon

      P.S.- Your site is wonderful!

    • Thank you Christine, how nice of you! And it’s good to know that you like it.
      Cheers! Simon

    • How nice of you! I try to do my best (writing in another language is not always an easy task though a good exercise…) and most of all I always hope to be able to express my passion for traveling, discovering and learning. I know there’s a lot to improve, and I’m pretty sure this will come over time. I’m not blogging for money 🙂 but for the pleasure of sharing experiences and meeting like-minded people around the world. Wandering Educators (http://www.wanderingeducators.com/) is a great site, I only wish I had more time to read the many interesting articles. I was lucky enough to recently meet Zoe (Dawes), who I found out is contributing to Wandering Educators. Thanks to Zoe I got to know about the Travellers’ Tales Festival and it was really wonderful to meet her in London, hearing together at the fabulous writers and photographers attending the Festival and chatting while sipping a glass of wine as if we had been knowing each other for a long time.
      I hope you’ll stop by again in the future and would love to read your comments.
      Cheers!
      Simon

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  13. Hi Simon,

    great site and photos! I wish I could write and express with attractive stile like you do.
    After many business trips around the world I’m back to my roots now and I become addict to my hometown, a small country village center Italy.
    I’m spending my time investigating about my predecessors and the history of my house dating back early XVI century so far, but investigation is still on going and I’m wandering what the next discover would be.

    Thanks for inspiring me to quality info. Have a look at my blog, … English pages are still to be inhanced! : http://experiencetheliving.wordpress.com/

    Have a nice day
    Ciao
    Marco

    • Hi Marco, nice from you to stop by and comment and thank you for the compliments. Casa Gentili looks great and a perfect place for rest and… it makes me wishing to come for a few days to enjoy the awesome countryside. How many rooms do you have?

      Cheers!
      Simon

      • Simon,
        you’ll be welcome at Casa Gentili whenever you’d like to enjoy and relax the countryside; please note due to family management we’ve only two rooms, sleep max 6 people in total.

        Looking forward to hear back form you sometime, I’ll keep on reading eXplorer the get travellers hints!

        Ciao
        M.

        • And I’ll keep up in mind Casa Gentili, Marco. I might come and visit you earlier than you expect… 🙂
          Ciao,
          Simon

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  15. Hello Simon the partner :), just following you now 🙂 and just think never gonna let you go 🙂 every where !
    this BLOG IS JUST TOOO GOOOD! gives the reader an imaginary traveling experience! lovely one!
    cheers for good work and experiences, let share more and more!
    don’t forget a link of my website :;)
    regards
    Mirzaw

    • Hi Mirza, nice to read your comment and so happy you like my blog. Your lovely site is linked in one of my favorite posts. If you haven’t seen it… just continue the scavenger hunt 🙂 ! Believe me, you’ll find it!
      A big hug!

  16. Hey Mya, thanks a lot! Love your blog as well. So nice and so tasteful! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you’ll come back soon. Cheers!

  17. Just found your website via Twitter. I also love to travel and have lived in many countries. I was wondering if you moved around as a kid?

    • Thank you for stopping by. I’m born in Italy but spent my childhood up to when I was 18 years old in a small mountain village in Switzerland and the last 3 years on the Geneva Lake. I’ve started loving to travel very early, having very little money and strolling around hitchhiking. Since then, I continues to travel as much as I could. Sometimes close, sometimes far. It doesn’t matter. There are wonderful things to be discovered everywhere. It’s just a matter of seeing and enjoying them.

  18. Hi Z,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Learning vacations are an interesting topic (at least to me) and I’ll have to dig a little more into your blog.

    I also had a look at your photography website. Awesome pictures! No time now to see them all, but I definitely will very soon!

    Cheers!
    Simon

  19. Hi Simon,

    Enjoy your blog. Wanted to let you know about a travel blog I recently started, you might find some good ideas for future trips. I review learning vacation programs and interview interesting travelers. I am writing about photography vacations in an upcoming blog, and was researching what other people had to say about photography vacations… that is how I came across your blog. Thanks for passing along quality info. Have a look sometime at my blog:
    http://learningvacationsreview.wordpress.com/
    I’m also a travel photographer
    happy trails
    Z

  20. Excellent site with non conventional proposals and comments,
    to bookmark for travellers and dreames.

    • Thank you so much for you nice comment. I’m glad you enjoy the stories I write since traveling is my passion and I hope to be able to transfer a bit of it to others.
      Cheers!

  21. Hi Simon,
    Thanks so much for the link-back to my blog. I will link back and I’m now following you on Twitter. Well done with your blog. I absolutely love it. Great articles and amazing photography. We both have various things in common: we were in investment banking, we love travelling and we’re using the same WordPress theme! 🙂

    Keep up tha fab work.

    Best regards,
    Keith

    • Hi Keith,

      It was a pleasure to add a link to your blog because I really like it a lot. Thanks a lot for your compliments, they are a good motivation to go on writing and sharing. You were in investment banking too? That’s funny. True, we have things in common, maybe a few more. But… You are a far better blogger than I am! 🙂

      Let me know if you happen to come to Milan.

      A great Ciao from Italy,
      Simon

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