I was born in Milan, Italy in 1984. I have always been passionate about foreign languages and travel. Milan is a pretty city, I love fashion and hanging out with friends enjoying an aperitivo, but I've always found it hard to meet new people especially from different countries.
That's why after University I left to live in the cosmopolitan London. I like calling this city point zero because from there you never know where you can end up. In London I had the sensation I could meet the person able to turn my life upside down—someone that could offer me a job on the other side of the world, or my soulmate that could ask me to live with him in a different country. People come and go in London and so did I.
I met my soulmate, but can't tell you more because the story became my first book: 2 years 4 months 2 hours: From Italy to the world. A memoir of love and travel. If you are curious you can find it on Amazon.
In the middle of this crazy love story, I spent a couple of years on the island of Tenerife, Spain. On this Neverland no one wants to grow up and the majority of people are there to escape from disappointments or sorrows. The result is that after a while I felt isolated from the rest of the world, on the island of the eternal summer where time stands still and people live of sun, sea, and parties. Don't get me wrong, this is great, but in the long term, you get tired of this lifestyle.
I felt the need to find a place I could call home where I could build something stable with a partner by my side. Milan never felt like home to me. I think that home is not the place where you were born but the place where you feel that you belong. The problem is that travel opens up so many possibilities—and choosing the right place can become a hard job. After spending some time with my parents I left again, the rest of the story is in my book.
I currently live in Portland, Oregon. I speak 4 languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French. My hobbies include travel, yoga, meditation, cooking healthy colorful recipes and reading about astronomy and the mysteries of the Universe.
If you are curious to know more you can listen to the episode Chiara Townley on the podcast "The Mindsoak Project" by Jon Filitti. The Podcast is about interesting people doing interesting things. Jon interviewed me regarding my book 2 Years 4 Months 2 Hours and my work as an author. You can easily download the podcast, it's FREE on iTunes and on the Mindsoak website: Chiara Townley Episode I collaborated with Jon and other awesome authors for the Mindsoak project: Mindsoak Essays
New project: Book & Documentary (in collaboration with filmmaker Enrica Cavalli) about the gender bias hidden behind the U.S. Immigration laws. Check out the trailer: ONE FOOT IN
I am a contributing writer at Thrive Global the new company of Arianna Huffington.
I also blog about travel. You can find tips for your next trips on the Travel Blog Page and on two awesome travelers community: