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7 Things to See and Do in Bratislava

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe TRAVEL DURATION: Weekend Getaway When I moved to live in Bratislava, Slovakia, some years ago, I quickly turned from a tourist to a local. There was a certain easiness with the whole move, and the change felt the right thing to do. Living in a new city quickly became natural. I blended in pretty fast. I learned to love the city vibe and all that Bratislava offered. The first thing that now pops into my head when I think back of those couple of years I spent there, are the beautiful people. Women are exceptionally pretty and men are just so genuinely nice. At that time of my life, I didn’t have many opportunities to pursue my love for travel. Apart from the capital city I didn’t explore much of the Slovakia. Enjoying Bratislava and near places was mostly what I could squeeze in during the weekends.…

Mount Ngauruhoe vs. Mount Ruapehu

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu, North Island, New Zealand Earlier this year I climbed 2 of the volcanoes from my North Island list of mountains that have been inspirational to me ever since I moved to New Zealand. I came to their vicinity a few times before and admired their beauty. It was now time to climb them and experience by foot their amazing energetic pull. So it happened. 2 days and 2 mountains. Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu – back to back. In case you’re trying to decide which volcano mountain of these two here you’d want to climb first, you might find the answer here. I’ll be sharing a few comparisons, as well as my personal experience with climbing both of them. Both mountains are located within Tongariro National Park and are only about 15 km apart. Both of them are active volcanoes. Mount Ruapehu is the…

Cape Otway Lighthouse - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

Melbourne Lighthouses

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Great Ocean Road and Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia On my return from a road trip around Mornington Peninsula and Great Ocean Road…

Muddy Mt Karioi

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Karioi, Raglan, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Whole Day Hike Mt Karioi is an extinct volcano that is located in the Waikato Region near Raglan. Even though I visited this area many times before, I’ve never completed any hiking in this part of New Zealand. Today I’m sharing some photos and my thoughts on experiencing the muddy Mt Karioi climb. Tracks There are 2 track options you are able to choose from to reach the summit at 756m. First one is Mt Karioi Track that is steeper of the two. It takes around 3h to 3:30h to reach the top while passing many scenic lookout points on the way. The other one, Wairake Track, will take 2-3h one way. It’s a bit shorter, isn’t as steep and also doesn’t have all the amazing views that the first one offers. For me, the decision was a no-brainer, really.…