Writer Roberto Damante shares his travel secrets

Published June 4th, 2012

This week for SF spotlight we shone some light on Roberto Damante, a social media junkie, wordsmith, pop culture connoisseur and media producer. With ten fingers firmly on the blog pulse across the web, this keen traveller blogs for a range of outlets including addictive pop culture site So Bad So Good. Here we asked the Sicilian native to let us in on his travel adventures, biggest mistakes and tips for an amazing holiday.


Roberto Damante

Blogger Roberto Damante

How many countries have your travelled too?

Approximately 10


What do you love about travelling?

Every time you travel, you romanticise the possibilities of things that might happen to you on your journey and you dream of the possibilities. Just being open to the idea of new experiences and meeting new people gives off an incredibly attractive energy that draws so many people into your journey. That is what I love most about travelling, that part of you that is just open to experiences.


If you could narrow it down - what would be your top three favourite destinations?

Anywhere I can be in the sun and water! It was the most relaxing and recharging in the Greek Islands. But I would also never underestimate the Sydney beaches too.


Most memorable travel experience?

Meeting someone on a plane from Paris to Barcelona and hanging out for a few weeks around Spain. I also stepped on Penelope Cruz's dress and then looked up to realise it was her at a party. And finally, diving off a boat in Saint Tropez and going for the most incredible swim.


Biggest travelling mistake?

Packing too much before the journey began and forgetting how much I would accrue along the way!


Best meal you have had overseas?

A home-cooked meal in Sicily. Nothing beats the traditional and local produce from the baker across the street, the farmer down the road and cheese from the next town.


Any tips for meeting people when travelling?

Travelling alone is sometimes the best for meeting new people, because it means being able have the fluidity of moving in and out of groups of people that you meet.


What's the secret to an amazing holiday? 

Never saying no to any opportunity. Don't let the rain stop you from exploring. Get up early even when you are tired and make the most of the day.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.