Valarie D’Elia, aka Travel With Val, is an award-winning multi-media travel journalist and content provider, specializing in Italy and ancestral travel. Val is also a real estate and hospitality aficionado, who has purchased and renovated homes in both New York City and Florida’s Gulf Coast and soon to be buying and renovating a home in her beloved ancestral village of Castelfranco in Miscano, in Italy’s Campania region. She was born into a family travel business dating back to 1902, when her Italian-born great-grandfather booked his friends and relatives from Naples, Italy to Ellis Island in steerage class on transatlantic oceanliners as part of the immigration wave. Val has developed an expertise and travel savvy that is cultivated from more than a century’s worth of perspective. Among other outlets, she shared her travels through video segments airing on NY1 News for 20 years. She was also the host of The Travel Show on the WOR Radio Network for nine years. Among other networks, she has appeared on every hour of NBC’s Today Show as a travel expert. At the beginning of her career, Val was a host and producer on the original Travel Channel, created by TWA’s Carl Icahn. Val’s passion for her Italian ancestry is most evident in her documentary programming, including a story about her DNA connection to a global music figure airing on WLIW21(PBS). “Making of a Maestro” was recognized in 2018 by the NY Press Club as the best travel writing for broadcast TV and in 2019, received the Gold Award for the best video from NATJA, North American Travel Journalists Association, as well as third place in the NYWIFT online shorts festival. Val is currently a recipient of a NIAF, National Italian American Foundation, Russo Brothers grant for a documentary underway entitled “Saving Southern Italy,” about people like her who are giving back to their Italian ancestry. Val frequently speaks about her passion for DNA vacations and roots travel at a number of significant trade & consumer shows including NY Times Travel Show, Newsday/AAA Travel Expo, NYTrav Fest and RootsTech. Travel with Val has advice for every genre of today’s travelers, no matter how far you roam. She will also personally share with you my travels as a video journalist as I continue to discover all this beautiful and complex planet has to offer. Whether you’re slowly finding your footing around the world or are feverishly ticking off a well-deserved bucket list, our aim is to make your journey the best it can be for a price you can afford. We’ll share hand-picked deals, savvy tips, and inspiring stories to help head you in the right direction.
Italia che Cambia is a social promotion association and a registered newspaper. We tell, map and network those who produce positive change from below in our country, in a direction of greater sustainability and economic, social, environmental, cultural equity. Italy that changes is a project that wants to tell, map and network that piece of country that, when faced with a problem, takes action to concretely change things without delegating or waiting for someone to do it in his place. It also wants to offer tools to facilitate the positive transformation processes underway in the country with the aim of bringing out the potential of those who "want to change" by providing the example, the know-how and the support of the network of projects already underway. . The vision and values that gave life to the Italia che Cambia project are contained in the “Seven Paths” which are therefore the basis for the selection of the realities on the map and the news proposed every day. Seven paths of transition towards a fairer, fairer and more sustainable society. We did not choose the various points from nothing: they were reported to us, told, transmitted by the realities we encountered along the way. We wanted to write them, grouping and organizing them to make explicit the objectives and ideals that move us and that are the basis of our project. They are not points of departure but of arrival. The realities that we tell, that we have encountered and that you can find on the map, while each following its particular path, share this path with us and aim towards the same goal. Moreover, thanks to a work that in 2015 involved over 100 ambassadors and ambassadors, representatives of as many associations, committees, companies, universities, institutions, we have written 17 vision / action documents to change Italy. We have called them Visions 2040 and they integrate, deepen them, the elements that emerge from the Seven Paths. In March 2018, the book "And now you change" was released, which collects the summarized and updated documents, edited by Andrea Degl’Innocenti and Daniel Tarozzi.
Antonio Di Guida , is a traveler, writer and photographer . At the age of twenty-two he started a nomadic life. Leaving his safe haven, he took off for Africa. From this experience he wrote my first travel book " Africa: a muzungu's journey in the savannah". He tells his experience to give readers a boost in leaving those four walls that surround their lives, especially to get closer to a great life experience, Volunteering. After Africa I decided to leave for Australia. In Australia, specifically in Sydney, he worked in a construction company. After six months he bought a van and built a mobile home for it, and then decided to leave Sydney and travel. In that period he had many experiences: from working on farms collecting broccoli and cauliflower, to living for months on an organic farm, learning the art of healthy living between yoga and meditation. Other experiences always lived in the Australian woods and then driving towards the red desert. From this experience his second book Australia was born: Where dreams come to life. After two years he left Australia to embark on another great journey. A journey through Asia . The journey to Asia began in Indonesia . He has lived in Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta and in the Newfoundland community located on the island of Sumatra, North Indonesia. With a boat ride he landed in Malaysia and lived on Tioman Island for a month. Then he moved to Georgetown and lived for a while in a Krishna temple located in Butterworth. He then moved to Thailand , immersing himself in Buddhist culture and religion. then Cambodia: in this land he taught English in a village school located in Siem Reap. He then went to Vietnam: crossing it from south to north with other public transport. Where he arrived in Laos the on to Myanmar . In the city of Yangon he volunteered with an association that helps the terminally ill. Antonio has also travelled to India, Dubai and soon travelled on bicycle through Turkey, Greece and finally back to his hometown Empoli in Italy. After a few months of work in France and other experiences in Europe, in 2017 he decide to take a flight to America . Right now he is still traveling, trying to live for several months in each traveled state, realizing life experiences and volunteering. In Colombia he once again decided to travel on a bicycle. Antonio is now in South America.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio