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Hike to Torre del Poetto

HIKING DESTINATION: Torre del Poetto and Sella del Diavolo, Sardinia, Italy HIKING DURATION: 2-3 hours Did you ever get lost or couldn’t find the way to your planned destination or landmark while traveling and exploring new horizons? Did you need to turn around on a whale watching excursion the very last minute because the ocean all-of-a-sudden became too rough, and at the same time watched another boat just leaving? Yeah, that weather element. It probably ends up getting most of the blame with travelers. Does it sound familiar? The thing is, it’s happened to all of us. In one shape or another. At least, that’s what I’m saying to myself. On such occasions, we’re left with a funny aftertaste of incompleteness, and either deep desire to do it better and right again the next time, or completely shattered with no intention to ever return to try again. My first hike in Sardinia…

5 Things to Do on Sardinia’s East Coast

TRAVEL DESTINATION: East Coast of Sardinia, Italy, Europe TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Week A week in Sardinia is not enough. That’s something I realized when I started planning and pinning the map with all the places I would love to see and things I would like to do. Realistically, all those pins weren’t going to happen in the time frame I had set aside for exploring the island. Focusing on the east coast for my first trip to Sardinia seemed like an obvious choice when I took a closer look at all those dots on the map. I was for many reasons drawn to it more than other areas of the island. Eastern coastal stretch offers numerous opportunities for exploring, hiking, swimming and also getting lost in an amazing landscape. Today I’ll be sharing ideas and tips on how to spend your time on Sardinia as you travel through its versatile land and…

East Coast Bays Autumn Mornings in Photos

TRAVEL / PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINATION: East Coast Bays, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand Lately, I’ve spent quite a few of the autumn mornings creating photos around different beaches of the East Coast Bays. I guess I had to go through a jet lag to appreciate mornings and morning photography. I mean, I’ve loved early mornings since forever. That’s usually the time everyone else still sleeps and the world seems to be all mine. I’ve always felt quite privileged when being up super early. To actually wake up, well, that’s the whole other story. Early mornings hardly go hand in hand with late nights. Mornings have most often been sacrificed, as you can’t really be good at doing it all, right? Torbay Campbells Bay So yeah, about that jet lag. Things turned around since my most recent one. I saw it as an opportunity that I wanted to work on. Something good could…

How To Stay Healthy and Active while Traveling

As humans we create eating, exercising and sleeping routines that keep us in check and help us reach the healthy balanced lives. Travel time is for many of us a great opportunity to break from the everyday routine. It’s our chance to escape the rules for a while. After all, that’s the time we’ve ‘earned’. There’s really no need to follow our own healthy guidelines while taking a vacation, but rather indulge all the way, right? Is it really such a good idea to let go of all the healthy habits while traveling? Today I’m focusing on things we can do during the vacation time to keep our everyday lifestyle balance rolling. This way we can continue feeling at our best and don’t have to always bounce back to our usual self when we return. There are many things a person can do to stay active and healthy when exploring…

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.…

Giants of The Great Ocean Road (Part 2)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rock formations of the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Finding myself road tripping along the giant formations of the Great Ocean Road was one of my long-time dreams come true. The journey was initially full of anticipation and silly nervousness. What will I find out there? What if the reality doesn’t match my level of hype and blown-out-of-proportion expectations? Deciding to take the scenic road trip down the Southern Ocean route turned out to be the best possible way to move around this part of Australia. Most importantly, I was able to make multiple stops. I could breathe in the beautiful landscape that surrounded me and make mental (and real) images along the way. No, expectations didn’t diminish the stunning reality. If you haven’t already, then please do go and check the first part (HERE) of my Great Ocean Road journey, where I focused on The Grotto, London…

Giants of The Great Ocean Road (Part 1)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rock formations of the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia I remember my first encounter with the internet. As I am quite a visual person, I was mostly and first of all drawn to the overwhelming amount of images I could suddenly search and browse through the world wide web. I would flick through piles and piles of them, mainly looking for beautiful inspirational landscapes. All along dreaming, imagining and hoping I would one day visit those near and far places. Whenever I would come across exceptionally inspirational landscape images, I would save them to floppy disks, CDs or DVDs, so I wouldn’t forget those places. Of course, with so much time passing by, they were eventually forgotten. When I now look at those files, I am literally shocked and perplexed, because I recognize so many of them from my real life adventures! How could it be that I…

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…

My 2016 Travel Adventures in Photos

I’m a bit late to get on a bandwagon with this post about my favourite travel and adventure moments of 2016. In retrospect, it was an amazing year. I explored New Zealand much more than any previous year. I also visited some new places and countries outside of New Zealand, which always makes the journey exciting. 2016 was the year when I started creating this online platform and began writing the blog. It helped me to appreciate all my travel adventures much more. Time surely flies quickly, so I feel it’s good to look back for those extra happy and special moments from time to time, and remind myself how lucky I am to be able to explore this beautiful planet. Auckland’s West Coast – April 2016 Te Henga Walkway was such a great and unique way of experiencing Auckland’s West Coast for me. I gained a new appreciation for this part…