Travel as a Socio-Political Commitment
For me, travel is a socio-political commitment. When I self-published my first book I thought it was a one time shot. I didn't want to become a writer. I just wanted to share the story that took me to the U.S. to inspire and empower people to follow their heart against all odds. Then something happened and the writer inside me woke up.
I started to go to events to meet expat women like me. I was looking for inspiration to build my career in the U.S. I had a Green Card but many of the women I met couldn't work in the U.S because of the immigration laws. They were talented and they had quit their career in their country of origin to follow their husbands. I couldn't believe the nonsense I was uncovering. No one talked about these issues and I felt it was my mission to do it. That's when I started to think about a second book but it took me a while to develop the idea.
One day at an event I met a girl from Italy, Enrica Cavalli, also in the U.S. for love. We talked about the difficulties that expat women face to build a career in the U.S and I told her that I was thinking to write a book about the topic. She told me that she was a filmmaker and that she wanted to help me raise awareness with a documentary. When I realized that our work could be important and make a difference I considered for the first time the idea that I could become a writer.
One year passed by since I understood and accepted my life calling. I interviewed women with different types of Visas and situations and I did a research to understand the roots of the immigration system in the U.S. and its side effects.
The more I think about myself as a writer the more I see a socio-political writer. I'm not an academic, but for this reason, I have a language that can be more approachable to ordinary people. In the end, I asked myself: "Why do you want to be a non-fiction writer?" and the answer was clear to me: "Create an impact and make a better world."
Obviously, I thought about writing a book about the round the world trip. There are so many travel books around. It seems that everybody wants to give you a lesson about what to do and what to see. They tell you at what time they woke up and what they had for breakfast. Don't get me wrong, I think that you can find inspiration in every travel post and, as a matter of fact, really everywhere.
I personally like very simple and short travel guides like Nomadic Matt and when I write a travel post I try to be on point and avoid too many details about my personal experience. I knew that I wanted to write a different travel book and after much deliberation it hit me. I want to be a socio-political writer for everyone. I want to travel to take inspiration and bring it back home: from food habits to politics. This is my calling: travel as socio-political commitment.