|I think I was one of the first to exploit the Internet world, especially in Italy. I used email before the web was even invented and started ecommerce back in 1996. So it was straightforward for me to register my domain www.mauromartino.it and in 2002 create a blog ante litteram. At the time there was not much software for blogs so interaction was limited and posts passed via email. My original blog discussed about travels, of course, and life amenities such as gourmet food, wines, liquors, books, movies and the like. And shared photos of course when Flickr, Shutterstock, Snapfish did not exist yet. But I knew that life on the Internet is speed, constant update, innovation. My job absorbed, and still does, most of my time so I slowly turned my site into a more unidirectional window for travels, yet reacting to the comments I receive. Which I still update by hand by old-fashioned programming, struggling for finding the time to move it to a more modern look-and-feel. What do I want to achieve?
At the beginning I thought that personal web sites would have become common for everybody, but then Internet followed the social media track. I still believe that a personal blog gives the freedom that a social portal don’t and will never give. I can say whatever (legal) I like and no one can censor or ban me. Or put advertisement on my work. So let’s say it is an information repository with my second-life expertise. Now I am up to the project of listing the 1000 World Wonders. The new idea here is that I want to index and cover all the countries in the world. Still in progress, almost at half.
When did you start travelling and how has travel shaped your life until now?
Well, I started late compared to the average. My first travel abroad was at 16, a school trip to Greece. And I soon discovered that travelling was wonderful, not only for the school girls, but also for its way of feeding an inner need I discovered I had. Wandering, exploring, breathing, tasting, everything. After that my life changed, in the sense that, while still following my normal life and professional career, I constantly feel the need to take my time off, be it as low as 2-3 days, and go. I cannot say I am a competitive traveler, or one of the top rank in TBT, since I live a very normal and busy life and cannot afford say, one month off or a sabbatical period. I always have to find compromises with time, the most scarce resource we all have. I better think of myself as a constant traveler.
And let me add one thing. I discovered with TBT and other sites that this travel bug, that maybe for years has been pointed out as an eccentric attitude of yours, actually was common to many people from virtually anywhere in the world.