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Hiking Island Pag’s trails has been my favourite activity to do here, along with exploring the beautiful turquoise waters. Throw a slice of Paški sir (Pag cheese) into the picture and you get yourself a nice picnic at one of the secluded coves after a day of hiking and swimming. What’s so unique about exploring the land on foot is that it brings us to places that are otherwise hard or impossible to be reached. It gets us out in nature and rewards us with spectacular views and experiences. Island Pag isn’t abundant in high peaks, but instead manages to substitute that with a few lengthy trails. And while the beautiful beaches happen to be the first choice with summertime tourists and visitors, hiking usually gets more attention during both shoulder seasons. I want to get you excited to consider taking a hike when you visit Pag Island. Try it…

2020 was almost a dream. A dream of all the places that could not be reached and traveled to. 2020 was also an opportunity to explore and reconnect with our homes and backyards – as much as permitted and within the limitations. For me, Tasmania’s been another daydreaming reality, one that kept popping up in my thoughts from time to time. Road-tripping Tasmania was actually my last longer solo travel experience, already back in 2019! I reckon this only means it’s time for another alone adventure. If I had a chance to re-do the whole 3-week road trip, I wouldn’t change a thing. I would still circle around the island the way I did. However, if your time in Tasmania is somewhat limited and you wish to make the most of it, I would recommend you explore the East Coast. Why? Because it’s diverse and as beautiful as it gets.…

You’ve probably all heard the saying “bloom where you’re planted”. And so, I’ve recently been glued to Pag Island for a little while, learning how to thrive among the island’s unique stony landscape which also gave me the opportunity to look a bit deeper into different expressions of what makes this place special. Unlike other “typical” Adriatic islands, Pag welcomes you with a predominantly dry, barren, and rocky limestone karst landscape. There are no rivers or streams here. No waterfalls either. Vegetation is scarce, and with somewhat monotonous relief, it’s often compared to lunar or mars scenery. The lack of greenery is quite an evident defining element that stands out, but the plants that do find their way to the surface, are pretty unique. From an ancient olive grove to a downy oak forest and aromatic herbs that are a part of the island’s local produce – they each tell…

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…

Piran. It seems it’s always in view, peeking through, on the edge of Madona Cape, showing off to be marveled. This charming Slovenian coastal town pulls you in from afar and gets you under its spell the very moment you step inside its limestone walls. Piran is special to me. I’ve been taken under its wings whenever I’d need a shelter, a quiet place to unwind, recharge, or get inspired. This blog post is my open invitation for you to go and explore the town. If you get to experience its pulse on an uncrowded day, consider yourself lucky. While busy summer/weekend days and nights give you a sense of being a part of something bigger, I was actually able to connect with the town on a much deeper level when I had it all to myself. Put aside (at least) one full day to explore Piran. In reality, you…

I’ll never forget the day I finally stood next to majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta. At this moment I am on the opposite side of the world, reminiscing about my past hiking adventures in Australia’s Red Centre. Looking back, I find myself drifting between events that happened during those short three days. Memories are still quite raw. Visiting the area remains one of my most profound travel experiences. The Red Centre is the place you either gravitate towards and badly imagine one day being part of, or you don’t really care about it. There’s no middle way there, in my opinion. I was dreaming about it for most of my life and hoped to explore it by the time I’m twenty [fail]. I’d moved around Australia quite a bit before I felt the time was right to step on the ochre soil. Today I am bringing you along on a…

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…

Let me start by saying that writing this post is emotional for me. You might also find it a bit all over the place and definitely biased. And I might also be a bit nervous. There are many reasons. This is my first time writing about Slovenia, my home country. Slovenija, as we call it, firmly holds my roots and memories, is full of beautiful places, experiences, and above all, my people. The ones who know me and who helped me shape into the person I am today. Whenever I’m back home, my priority is to spend as much time as possible with the loved ones, my family and friends. Those moments are most precious to me. So I hardly ever go out and explore the backyard. However, this past summer I finally made my way up to Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, and am now absolutely captivated by the gorgeous…

The Auckland City skyline is without a doubt the most prominent feature that defines this largest New Zealand city. I feel very fortunate to have it in sight whenever I wish for it. Over the years, it’s been a reassuring constant, always affirming I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I get to discover more and more unique and special viewing spots the longer I stick around. And today I want to share just that – some of my favourite Auckland City free views that won’t break the bank. I’ll also try to include some cool facts and information about Auckland that you might find interesting. Auckland City from Bastion Point So here they are, my top Auckland City free views. Sky Tower It’s impossible to imagine Auckland City without the Sky Tower. It makes this place recognizable. And a bit attractive too. To me, the Auckland skyline is one…