Very Itchy Feet Takes a Travel Detour

Welcome to the new edition of the Very Itchy Feet travel blog

First of all, we would like to thank all of you who have been following us since 2006.  We would also like to thank you for hanging in there despite our absence of regular posts. Help us say ‘Cheers’ to the beginning of a new era … the same name with a new look.  We hope that you will continue to journey with us as well as seek out your own travel adventures!

We want to make your time here fun, enjoyable and helpful as well as provide you with some insights and tips into how you can travel your way whilst being ethical and not breaking your budget.

There are so many travel blogs and bloggers out there and each has their style.  We have ours too; to travel ethically and responsibly, to have loads of fun, share with the locals, visit the lesser known places and leave (as close to) nothing but good vibes and footprints!

My Journey … Our Journey

I began exploring the world in 1989, straight after finishing my university degree in Melbourne, Australia. Way back then when travelling the world for an extended period of time was was not all that common, I ‘disappeared’ for eight months, first working on a summer camp in Indiana, in the USA, and then backpacking all over the USA, Canada and parts of Asia.  I was hooked! My life would change forever!

Cabo de la Vela, Guajira, Colombia.

I came back to the land of Oz and did a bit of work and a postgraduate degree, but something was missing.  So off I went to the USA once again in 1992 and worked on the same summer camp that I worked on in 1989. More good times, new friends, brilliant experiences and many countries later, I was more hooked on travel than ever! Was this self-confessed Peter Pan ever going to grow up!

I was the ‘black sheep’, the ‘odd one out’, the ‘gypsy’… but the thought of a stable job, marriage, 2.2 kids, a car, house and picket fence just weren’t on my list of priorities. I totally understand and respect that for some people they are.

Germany … 1992 BC … Before Computers!

In 1999 I backpacked my ‘dream’ continent.  That was one of the most amazing trips of my life as well as the one that totally changed my life!  It was in Quito, Ecuador, that I met my soul mate, love of my life, best friend, co-travel aficionado and now partner Alex. This saw me living and working in Ecuador for a year and Alex eventually moving to Australia with me in 2000. Since then we have been wandering, exploring and detouring the world together.

Quito, Ecuador, 1999; not even 24 hours after we met.

In 2000 we started our own business and got married in New York in 2002.  Based in Australia, between 2000 and 2006 we travelled to South America frequently, importing and wholesaling fair-traded jewellery. We did this with gusto until 2006. They were great years as we were able to work ethically, help others and travel often, both overseas and in Australia! We got to do a whole lot of travel around our own country too, both of us experiencing parts of Australia that we’d never seen before. Life was great! This business helped change lives; not only ours but many of the artisans we bought the jewellery from. It stands as one of our greatest success stories to date. We loved what we did, but knew it wasn’t what we wanted to do forever.

We started to get itchy feet again

In early 2007 we decided to say goodbye to our business and to take our first long trip around the world together. We were open … we ended up travelling for 17 months. Amongst many other countries, we did all of Central America, some of North America including Mexico, Japan, parts of Africa and Europe and several Caribbean and South East Asian countries.

The Maldives.

And, come on, and …

Up until the turn of the century, there ware barely any computers or mobile phones.  There was no real way of letting people know why or how you travelled.  All of my life I had wanted to let people in on my passion and my world.  With the combination of Alex’s background in marketing and IT (as well as a lifelong love of photography) and my writing skills, the blog was born.  Finally, I was able to give my friends and family an insight into my life, now our lives. It was an awesome feeling to be able to share our journey!

And so the travel blog was born

Why Simple. Because itchy feet was taken! We were always on the move and when we weren’t we wanted to be, so this seemed the perfect name.

Yangshuo, China.

The journey continues

Those 17 months only pushed us further away from wanting ‘things’ and closer to wanting more ‘experiences’.

A few more years of frequent but shorter trips to various destinations and we still weren’t settled.

We continued to keep our blog updated with travel anecdotes and tales.

In mid-2014 came the mother of all life-changing trips.  What was originally supposed to be 12 months rolled into a 27 month trip around the world. We covered some 25 countries, lived in Ecuador and set up an apartment to rent in the capital, Quito. On this trip, we covered parts of South America (including two months in Colombia), Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Slovenia, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Republic of Artsakh, more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

And so

Upon arriving back home in November 2016 after that massive trip we decided that we would like to change our lives permanently, doing way less of what we didn’t like and a whole lot more of what we did!

Step in Veryitchyfeet, A Lifetime of Travel Detours

La Guajira, Colombia.

So, this year, 2017, has seen us jump on the travel blogging bandwagon. We decided to change our passion into our profession. We figured that with our combined skills, enthusiasm and travel passion and expertise that we certainly had something to offer others, whilst also doing what we love.

Why Travel Detours? It’s no secret; we like the unusual, not as frequented and lesser-known destinations.


We had this ‘tell-all’ travel blog with over 160 stories. How were we going to migrate all of the information across to a new platform? I have to tell you, it’s been really tough to get all of the formattings right.  In fact, we still haven’t but are working on it.  Take the time to look at those pre mid-2017 posts … they are fun, refreshing, confronting and honest.  Their only agenda was to let our family and friends know where we were, what we were doing and how they could do it too.

Kazbegi, Georgia, near the Russian border.


We left Australia for South America (are you kind of getting the feeling that we like this place!) in mid-October 2017, and we plan on spending the next several months on the continent, and who knows where else, working on our blog.  Whilst we don’t know when we will ‘go home’ what we do know is that for the foreseeable future, our lives will oscillate between Australia and whichever country or continent takes our fancy.

Why follow or support us?

The Taj Mahal, India.

I have been travelling since 1989 and with Alex since 1999. Between us, we have visited almost 95 countries. We passionately share 30 years of travel know-how, exploration and detours with you. We want to motivate you to experience this amazingly diverse world we live in and show you how to do it!

Dino Zanetti (my Dad); documenting my/ our travels since 1989.

Check out our interactive map on our Start Here page to see where we are now and where we’ve been?  There are still so many countries that are still on our to-do list. What would you recommend? Where would you like to go?

You can also check out our Travel Resources page for some great advice, ideas, tips and travel hacks.

One Life, Live It!

Ombi & Alex – Storyteller and Shutterbug

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We passionately share more than 30 years of travel know-how, exploration and detours with you. We want to motivate you to experience this amazingly diverse world we live in and show you how to do it! You can subscribe to our blog as well as follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram. Check out our Travel Resources to help you on your amazing journey.

One Life! Live It!
Alex & Ombi

Alex & Ombi

Ombretta (Ombi) Zanetti is a co-founder of She has been travelling the world since 1989 and since 1999 with her partner, Alex, who hails from Ecuador. They both like to venture to the lesser known places. Ombi shares her passion for different cultures through her travel stories and Alex through his lens. Come take a detour or two with them!

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