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I wish I were a globetrotter. I always loved travelling, discovering new places, meeting different people, feeling amazed in front of a beautiful scenery. Instead, I worked over 10 years in investment banking and then 8 years in a PR firm. But as soon as I could, I flew away to catch another little piece of world.

I always found it very difficult to give advice regarding travelling. It’s such a personal experience. And it changes over time. For me, a travel means the opportunity to discover something new. A city, a landscape, people, traditions, the nature, art, culture. And it’s also sports and  fun.  Although everyone has a personal point of view, prior to decide a destination I always try to gather information, mostly from people which I believe share my tastes and travel fashion. That’s why I decided to share my experiences with all people believing that a travel is always a fantastic exploration.

I would love to get a lot of comments and feed-backs. Because there is so much I still don’t know. And because everyone can contribute with his or her personal experience.

Let’s start the journey!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2009 3:43 am

    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,

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      November 1, 2009 6:26 am

      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,

  2. BuzzWeb permalink
    January 13, 2010 4:06 pm

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

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      January 13, 2010 4:10 pm

      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.

  3. January 20, 2010 9:26 pm

    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:
    I’m also a travel photographer
    happy trails

  4. waitinginthedark permalink*
    January 21, 2010 9:15 am

    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!


  5. February 15, 2010 10:03 pm

    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?

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      February 15, 2010 10:28 pm

      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.

  6. March 7, 2010 10:05 pm

    Enjoyed your Blog. Motivating. Ron

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 7, 2010 10:32 pm

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

  7. March 15, 2010 11:42 pm

    love your site simon! keep up the good blog:) thank u for the link

  8. waitinginthedark permalink*
    March 16, 2010 7:26 am

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

  9. March 16, 2010 12:12 pm

    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 :;)

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 16, 2010 12:25 pm

      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!

  10. March 17, 2010 10:14 pm

    Dear eXplorer,
    My name is Rachel Greenberg and I work for, a travel planning site that provides great recommendations for things to do on your trip and lets travelers create custom itineraries to over 250 global destinations. We really loved your recent post about getting the most out of your ski trip to La Thuile on eXplorer, and think your vivid images and informative writing voice are great. We would love to propose a link partnership between our travel website and your blog!

    There are a few, high-value pages on NileGuide we think would be great options to put a link to your blog. In exchange, we would love for you to add a link to NileGuide or our widget somewhere on eXplorer, we think a good place would be in your ‘Link I Like’. You can see descriptions and examples of the two NileGuide widgets we have created at
    At NileGuide we are passionate about sharing ideas and connecting with other exceptional travel resources such as your blog. We want the content we’ve worked hard to create available to as many people as possible and want to make our partner’s content equally accessible.
    Have a better idea of how we could create a partnership? Let me know what you think!
    Rachel Greenberg
    NileGuide Blogger

  11. March 20, 2010 10:04 am

    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! :

    Have a nice day

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 20, 2010 11:30 am

      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?


      • March 20, 2010 2:26 pm

        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!


      • waitinginthedark permalink*
        March 20, 2010 2:34 pm

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

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  13. March 22, 2010 3:56 pm

    this is a wonderful site, simon! i can’t wait to dig in further…

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 22, 2010 5:09 pm

      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 ( 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.

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