Hi there, I’m Michele, the ‘guide’ behind, The Intrepid Guide a language and travel blog featuring travel tips, language hacks, travel phrase guides, free resources, and photography from around the world.
I live by the motto “The more we travel, the more we learn.”
With my blog, The Intrepid Guide, I share my passion for languages and travel together through with my destinations guides, language learning tools, travel phrase cheat sheets, and more!
Michele in a nutshell
I’m a native of Melbourne, Australia but now, everywhere has been my home.
My two great loves in the world are learning languages and travel. My interest in languages started quite young when I was about 7 years old. My dad and his parents immigrated to Australia from Italy back in the 50s and whenever my dad would take me to visit my grandfather, ‘nonno’ in Italian, I remembered feeling embarrassed and frustrated that I could never understand him.
Even though my Nonno had been living in Australia for over 30 years, he couldn’t speak English. After I told my dad about my frustration, he started teaching me a few Italian words in the car on the way home.
It wasn’t until after I returned from my first trip overseas, (to Italy of course) that I got serious about learning Italian. I surrounded myself with the language as much as I could. I was studying Italian three nights a week, watched almost all the films at the Italian Film Festival each year, and gravitated towards Italian restaurants whenever I was out.
Once I had reached an intermediate level of Italian, I decided to go back to Italy. This time, alone. My goal was to see if I could survive and enjoy travelling by myself with my current level of Italian. Needless to stay, the trip added more fuel to my already burning desire for all things Italian and the language. With the support and encouragement of my family, three months later I handed in my resignation at work and moved to Rome.
It was the best decision I ever made.
Thus began the start of a new life for me.
Why is it called ‘The Intrepid Guide’?
Intrepid, meaning fearless and adventurous, represents me when I moved abroad and followed my dreams of living la dolce vita. I’m a ‘guide’ because when friends and family come and visit me and I show them around, I usually share fun and interesting historical facts about the place. They’re usually impressed with the amount of detail and joke that I should be a tour guide. That comment has always resonated with me because I take a lot of pleasure in sharing my knowledge with others. I want people to have a deeper understanding of the place they’re in and this is what I seek to do with my blog. Hence, why I’m called The Intrepid Guide.
I incorporate the cultural and linguistic side of travel in my in-depth travel guides and itineraries. My posts are interesting, educational and as practical as possible. I encourage travellers to learn a few choice phrases and use my free travel phrase guides that have a pronunciation guide to make things even easier.
For me, it’s all about connections, culture, and conversations.
I’m not the sort of person who just posts a photo of the Colosseum on Instagram, nope, I want to learn about its roots, it’s history, why it’s called the Colosseum, who built it, why it’s still standing, the list of inquisitive questions is endless.
Euripides said it best:
“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.”
The more we travel the more we learn. I share my experiences and love of travel and languages through infographics, resource guides, videos, destination tips, trip advice, and photography.
I’m a geek at heart, so I love learning and imparting that knowledge to others. I know what it’s like to be a struggling monolinguist. I want to spread hope and debunk the myth that learning a language is too difficult.
Wondering Where to Start?
If you’re learning a language, then start here and don’t miss my favourite language tools. If you want to learn Italian, check out my top-selling 5-star rated book on Amazon. Also, check out my YouTube channel for inspiration.
Got the travel bug? Check out these Destinations and Travel Resources pages for travel advice and travel tips. If you’re planning a trip, then you can’t go past my super popular travel accessories guide for 2018.
Or maybe, you want to work with me?
Got a question about travel or language? Ask me anything! I’d love to help.
Safe travels and happy learning!