TRAVEL BLOG

Today I want to write about ruins – beautiful ruins of Pag Island. Europe is a perfect place to trace them and sense the history they carry within their (semi)preserved walls. And since this year I’ve been so far residing in Europe, it’s something I’ve been completely drawn to. Traces of history, heritage, timeless stories. I’ve been craving all of it since relocating to New Zealand a short lifetime of 13 years ago and 18000km away. Croatia’s Otok Pag (Pag Island) might not be the greenest and lushest of them all, but the landscape here sure carries deep traces of worlds gone by. Together with bura winds it knows how to shake your soul to the very core. All the ruins and heritage places I’ve come across on the island so far have made me feel curious and somewhat cozy to be around. You know, how you sometimes get that…

I want to come clean, I didn’t feel like writing the traditional end-of-the-year post this time around and had to dig deep to find that spark of will power in there somewhere. I do believe that in order to move forward, the look back is what puts things into perspective. Twenty 19 was predestined to be a lucky one. Numbers never lie, right? My heart was mostly full, often to the brim. The year’s been unfolding pretty fast. And as I became aware of the speed I also tried to consciously slow it down by being more present and aware. I really wanted to focus on the ‘ordinary’ travel moments along the way which are usually left out because of the more ‘special’ ones that by default already shine a bit brighter. Ahead is a year of change, inspiration, and hopefully further transformation and growth. I guess that’s what we…

Over the last couple of years, Kaipara’s become one of the regions close to Auckland I love returning to. Not only for the proximity, but for all the new spots and places I keep discovering here. And that’s what makes it so interesting! It never disappoints and always delivers. What’s amazing is that it’s rarely crowded and it’s so easy to make the connection with the land here. I’ve come across some pretty awesome hiking tracks, landscapes, waterfalls, vistas and everything in between. And that’s exactly why I believe Kaipara needs to be your next New Zealand’s travel destination. It’s definitely an underrated region here in New Zealand that doesn’t get enough exposure and hype. If you need some convincing to go and explore Kaipara then keep reading as I focus on some amazing hiking trails that’ll potentially make you fall in love with this part of New Zealand, just…