Who is Tonito?

Born in a small town in South Africa to Portuguese parents, my life has never been ordinary, as any immigrant’s child will know,  you are stuck between what you are told are “odd” ways of the your host nation and the forced imprint of your ancestral one. However after 18 years of living in pre-and post-apartheid, I was given the opportunity to continue my education in Jolly Old London.

I did what I was sent to London to do: Obtain a degree. I did so in Engineering and then went on to do a Masters degree in Building and Urban Design in Development, as way of doing something different. This Masters program changed everything and breathed some fire into what had been a rather mundane life until that point. I had only seen South Africa, Portugal, UK, France, Mauritius, Seychelles and Greece.

A fieldtrip to Istanbul; a doomed neighbourhood and Gypsy children, that’s what it took to change me and what had been a very boring life. I took out my new found lust for life on travel and started taking more risks. These travels and risks lead to a job opportunity in Abu Dhabi, where I continued to be infected by the travel bug.

It was when I got offered a job in Libya that I decided I need a blog to document this exciting new adventure and share it with my family and friends. What turned out to be a blog about my life in Libya morphed into a blog about my expat life, past and present travels and anything else I care to ramble about.



41 Responses to Who is Tonito?

  1. lady victoria lungford says:

    Tonito ma chere,

    what a delightful idea this blog is!
    keep it up old boy! lovely to see the pictures as well…I am utterly bored in my Kent country house, thank God for this blog!


    • tonyrfsa says:


      I dare say it has been too long since we’ve conversed. We will need to rectify this crude and laborious friendship we have. How do you feel about bridging the distance between us by using that little camera on our respective laptops? Marjorie will be utterly delighted!


  2. Leo says:

    You’re welcome =P

  3. Bilal says:

    Tonito is a state of mind…

  4. Lord Spirez Gonzalez de la Atena says:

    Dear Tonito,

    Please do excuse my english, it is not my native language.

    My heart is with your pictures and wishing to be in these places for utter fundom.

    With kindest regards

  5. Lash says:

    Hello Tonito,

    Sounds like your’e having many fantastic adventures out in the wide world! I like your writing style…

    I,too, am a long-term world traveler. i’ve been on the road 12 years so far.. and still going. I’m always happy to find other long-term globe trotters!

    I put a link to this website on my travel blog. I’d appreciate a cross-link, if you’d be ever so kind. And maybe we can meet up somewhere someday out in the world?!

    cheers, Lash

  6. ohblogdia says:

    i am so jealous with you and your travelling experiences! dang! :p. I wish I can be there in every places that you have been. seriously.

    see you when i see you bro!


    • Tonito says:

      Thanks Azizi! I’ve been very lucky to be able to go to theses places, but my reasoning is, if I don’t do them now, I never will! 🙂 So I just go for it! 🙂

  7. erin porter says:

    Hello Tonito,
    I am a writer & moderator for BlogExpat and truly enjoy your blog. We recently started a new project where we feature expat interviews and I was hoping you would be interested. It would entail a brief questionnaire with a personal introduction, questions about being an expat, and a few pictures.

    Feel free to check out the first interviews at BlogExpat Interviews- http://interviews.blogexpat.com/blog/europe/2011/03/23/from-seattle-to-berlin-back-to-berlin-and-beyond. If you are interested, please let me know and I will send the questionnaire. In any case, keep up the great work.

    Erin Porter
    BlogExpat Interviews

    • Tonito says:

      Thank you Erin! And to answer your question: I am interested to take take part in the expat interview initiative! I will send you an email to the email address on the comment you left.


  8. Ciao Tonito! Do the Expat Interview with BlogExpat! (above). I wanna learn more about you!!! Happy traveling!

  9. Erika Martin says:

    Hello Tonito,

    I am Erika from TravelerVoice, a new social network for travel bloggers.

    I just found your blog and I really like how you described your travel story all around the world with beautiful pictures and assertive comments! It’s exactly the kind of writing we are looking for our Living abroad section, please feel free to register 🙂

    In the meantime I am running a contest to reward the most outstanding travel blogs on the web and I am still looking for new members 🙂 so please check it out at http://www.travelervoice.com/contest.aspx for further details.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

    Muito obrigado 😉

  10. Hello

    As a fellow-top 10 nominee in last year’s “Best Overseas SA Blog” category, I thought you might be interested to know that Chris Rawlinson & the organisers of the 2011 SA Blog Awards have in their endless wisdom changed the rules this year to state that “only bloggers resident in SA may enter” the 2011 awards, which opened yesterday. I have written to Chris to emphasise my disappointment at this totally retrograde and discriminatory step – particularly in a country like South Africa where there is a huge and enthusiastic blogging diaspora; and particularly in light of the strong support that I and other expat SA bloggers such as yourselves have given to the SA Blog Awards over the years. His response was to say that I should just provide a friend’s SA cell phone number to “prove” that I am resident in SA – which is clearly a ridiculous solution and opens us up to allegations of rulebending/breaking.

    If you are as disappointed as I am with this sad state of affairs and feeling similarly excluded and discriminated against, please can you make some noise – mail the organisers on admin@sablogawards.com; or tweet @chrisrawlinson and @sablogawards voicing your opinion.

    Thanks and best wishes

  11. Johann Swanepoel says:

    Hey Tony! You really do well with the blog thing. Hope you the award. Quite sad you weren’t at the reunion… Enjoy! O ja, ek het vir jou gestem ou maat.

  12. Umer says:

    I love your blog, mate… I don’t always read it, but I always love it.

    It’s grown from the small seeds of optimism and hope, into a furious ball of positive energy usurping anyone that dare enter it. Hurrah!

    Your buddy

  13. Oly da Cunha says:

    Hi Tony,

    Your blog is fantastic and exciting never boring.

    Keep up the good work.

    Take care.

  14. Tiara says:


    I came across your site https://travellingtonito.wordpress.com while browsing some travel sites. I must say you are doing a commendable job. I have been following you for quite some time. I am impressed by the initiative you are taking..
    I am a blogger & maintain few travel blogs. e.g. OneTravelBloggers, Footloosetraveller.com. At present I am working with OneTravel. Our sites can be useful to one another. So, I offer you to do some partnership.
    I have some options for you.

    1. I could cover you on my blog and in return I would like a back link for my website from your blog within the content.
    2. If you allow guest blogging I would be glad to write a blog post as a guest blogger. Within the post there would be a single link to my website.
    3. I am also fine with guest blogging. I will generate an id for you on my blog where you can post as you like and in return you need to link myself from any of your post.
    4. We both can do guest blogging for each other where we can add links to our respective websites.
    5. On top of giving link from my blog, I can also give you some links from other websites that I am managing.

    You may visit our website http://www.onetravel.com. & blog http://onetravelbloggers.com/ http://www.footloosetraveller.com.

    Let me know your views soon.


  15. Hi Tonito,
    Thanks for nominating me for the “Capture The Colour Competition”. And now, I am nominating you with the “One Lovely Blog Award”. For more details and the rules of this award, please refer to think link. http://chikhongphotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/its-the-award-time-again/

  16. Hi, have recently started to follow your blog and really like it, therefore I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. You can see it here.. http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/two-one-lovely-blog-awards/

  17. Mauro says:

    As my wife describes, Tonito is the funniest person in all over the world, a reall good friend!

  18. THE VIBE 101 says:

    Hi! I think your blog is awesome and i nominated you for the Sunshine Award. If you wish to participate, follow the steps outlined on my post by clicking on the following link: http://thevibe101.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/the-sunshine-award/. Whether you join in or not, I think your blog is amazing! The Vibe

  19. herculanekid says:

    Well done,I like your writing style and your pictures! Keep up 😉

  20. getsetandgo says:

    Hey, I love reading your blog and have nominated you for The Adventurous Blogger Award! Please check out my blog for details, post the award on your sidebar and spread the love to some of your favorite bloggers!


  21. Hi Tonito… I love your pictures, would you mind if I were to use 1 in a film project I am working on?

  22. Jess Signet says:

    Hey Tonito! Love your blog!
    I’m Jess, I am a traveling addict (please, no interventions). I don’t know if you ever accept guest posts, but I have a blog at http://www.tripelio.com, and I would love to be considered as a guest blogger. I have tons of stories about my travel adventures and would be happy to share if you are interested.

Thoughts? Let me know! :)

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