Meet the Nomads – Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

Keep Calm and Travel is one of the newest blogs that I am following and I’m amazed with the journey of the blogger, Clelia. Clelia is originally from Sardinia, Italy who left her home to worked in London for five years. After working for five straight years in one of the busies cities in the world, Clelia called it quits and embarked on a long journey.

Clelia or Kle writes about her experiences, from saving money for the trip, to some personal insights and reflections on her trip and also a lot of helpful travel tips that solo female travelers will definitely find useful.

Get to know more about Clelia and follow her blog at Keep Calm and Travel.

But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Kle.

Meet the Nomads - Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“Quite early,mainly trough TV programs about travelers and adventurers. I envied them so much that i took off as soon as i could and i’m now proud to be part of the nomadic tribe around the world! Traveling is the only way of life that truly represent who I am.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“I’ve had many adventures but nothing really “horrible”. I was robbed in my sleep in Cambodia, had cockroaches running on my face whilst sleeping in Thailand and I ended up in a sexy sauna in London. I love this part of travels so much that I have a dedicated section about it on my blog. What is adventure without some creepy adventure after all? Don’t we all like to be like Indiana Jones during our trips?”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“I’ve been traveling for so many years and I’ve plenty of great memories under my belt. If I had to choose only one… I’d say Traveling through Southeast Asia, as it’s the first region totally different from my cultural background. Not to mention the best sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life while visiting the Gili Islands. I think every experience I had can be classified as wonderful, especially meeting special people. It’s not the places you go, is the people you meet that makes the journey incredibly amazing.”

Meet the Nomads - Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“I know, everyone expects something really deep from travelers, such as the realization that the world is wonderful and our culture is not the only one that matters, and yes, of course I realized these things too… but if I had to point out the biggest one, I’d say: I discovered that I’m incredibly messy and disorganized! this was a surprise even for me, but i guess i need to deal with it!”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“Good question! Just the other day I wrote a small rant on my blog about why traveling is not a vacation. I am so tired of listening to sarcastic remarks about my lifestyle. That said, if I think only for a second to go back to my previous life, I feel motivated enough to keep on traveling for the rest of my life. I picture all the people rushing to the tube to get to their jobs, and the millions of people who wish they had my life (but are just not brave enough to go and get what they really want). I feel lucky and even on my darkest days this thought keeps me motivated. Plus I shiver in horror thinking about going back to a cubicle and a 9 to 5 life. No way, thank you!”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Since it is hypothetical I will choose 2: Albert Einstein, as he was one of the most curious persons on earth and Robbie Williams, for some interesting adventures. Not sure they would get along well together tough :)”

Meet the Nomads - Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?

“Difficult one! I’d say all the natural wonders in the world. Every time I am in front of a beautiful landscape I enter a status of complete relaxation and my thoughts flow so easy and clear. It’s like been on natural drugs all the time! I’ll never have enough of sunsets and gorgeous landscapes. Possibly including a beach a lake, a waterfall or a river.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“Just go! don’t plan much, as the best memories you’ll have will come from totally unexpected situations.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“Sleeping on a bench in Santa Croce (Florence) and waking up completely covered in pigeon’s excrement…(which is both the funniest and the silliest). It happened a long time ago and I still remember it as it was yesterday.The trip to Florence has been one of the funniest of my life! I was so young and ready for adventure, and I traveled with some pretty crazy friends, sleeping everywhere and inventing funny pranks on the streets.”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“I try my best to foresee any possible problem, but being messy i don’t always accomplish the task! After losing my debit card, being illegal in Thailand for 1 month and being robbed, I am now extra careful and double check my possessions at all times. So far so good.”

What do you think about yourself?

“I’ll be very honest, I’m far from being the perfect traveler: I’m clumsy, funny and weird in many ways but, apart for those moments where I’d beat myself up with a rope, I mostly like the way I am. I can’t imagine myself in any other way. This is what makes me unique, and safety aside, I don’t want to change that!”

Meet the Nomads - Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

“My blog is the most important project I have at the moment. I’ve been working on it for only 4 months now but it gives me so many satisfactions. It’s not just about my current trip: it mainly aims to inspire self ironic travelers and the “I’m not so sure I can do it” travelers to just take a chance and live their dreams, with specific tips and (hopefully) inspiring articles. Adding a lot of Humor and honesty (my trade marks).
I am also opening a dedicated space about my beautiful Sardinia to increase the tourism in the area and I love the idea of me traveling around the world and encouraging people to visit my home land as well.”
– Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Clelia.

Next: Mark and Steffy of Born 2 Travel Previously: Kevin Cook of Monkey Abroad For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.


  1. I love her blog. We also chat to each other on a personal basis. It is really wonderful to have global friends even though most are virtual. I find that when I meet them in person, it make the connection all the more interesting. Thank you for introducing Kle to your readership.

  2. Hey Natasha! Thanks for your nice comment! I’m so glad we found each other on the blogging community and i hope we will have a chance to meet one day in person!

  3. Great interview from a great blogger! Looking forward to seeing the great things to come.

  4. I’ve been following Kle’s blog for a while and she is definitely worth following. She writes interesting and honest stuff. She is also amusing with it. Her articles about Italian gestures and the sauna story are great reads.

    Thanks for interviewing Kle.

    • The Guy, what can i say? Thanks so much for being such a great follower (and blogger!) who also contributed to my website with a very popular article! I hope we will be able to work together again r very soon!

  5. Having cockroaches scour your face would definitely fall into the Horrible Experience category. Are bugs constantly crawling on you while sleeping in Southeast Asian countries to be expected? If so, eek!

  6. Morgan, the cockroaches were my worst nightmare even before Asia. The trip helped a lot in overcoming this fear. not exactly wishing to have them on my face again,but Scorpions were by far the scariest thing. Dont worry tough, its not always like that in Asia! that’s what you get when you pay 200$ per month on accommodation!


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