We all know that feeling when our travel or vacation plans seem to go downhill. Pouring rain. Cold. Thunderstorm. Snow. Hail. Blizzard. It’s finally our turn to take that time off work and responsibilities, and now it gets all ruined because of bad weather. It can happen whether you’re planning your trip half a year upfront or traveling on a whim. Sure, there are parts of the world, where the weather forecast is on point every single day due to the stable and predictable conditions. But there are also destinations where it’s more or less a guessing game. Think tropics, Oceania, far North or South,… Bottom line, we can’t control the weather. It just is. You can certainly do your homework and plan ahead to travel at the most convenient season, but as we all know, even that can’t always turn out as it should. I collected tips and ideas…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rotorua and Hobbiton, Bay of Plenty/Waikato, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Overnight stay Rotorua has gone through a serious transformation and changes. At least I remember it differently from some years back. Recently I rediscovered this place that many call ‘Rotovegas of New Zealand’. This past weekend was again just the right time to return but without any specific plans. Going with the flow was the theme, with the only goal to change a scenery. I imagined it would be easy to fill the time of this overnight stay. Here in New Zealand, I’ve learned to be more flexible and ready to adjust to the circumstances. Mostly because of the ever-changing and unpredictable weather. I’ve also learned to make backup plans. Just in case. It helped me live my life less stressful. ‘It’s all good’ sort of mentality. The late summer climbing season has already been overstretched,…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: South Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia) TRAVEL DURATION: 2 weeks During the Uni time, my thoughts often escaped towards the life and work on a cruise ship. Growing up in the continental part of Slovenia I desperately yearned for freedom that the ocean gives a person. I somehow attuned to this unexplained deeper connection of the cruise ship image and idea in me, without ever reading or hearing anything about it. It was just there. While trying to figure it out at the time, I even went to a couple of cruise ship job interviews that in the end didn’t go as I hoped for. That was a clear sign for me. I accepted that it wasn’t my calling neither my near future reality. It’s all happening! Things definitely felt aligned later when I realized it was my time to experience the cruising life from a tourist point of…