Traveling with family is an opportunity to create lasting memories and strengthen relationships. But did you know that traveling with a focus on active experiences can have even greater benefits for families? In this post, we’ll explore some of the key benefits of family active travel.
Feeling uncertain about traveling at this time is normal and you shouldn’t feel bad if you decide to stay home this summer. However if your mind and heart are set on traveling, here’s why Croatia should be on your list this year. Flights are slowly being reinstated and reaching Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik is possible via major European airports. Those determined to come this summer will have the rare opportunity to visit famous, otherwise crowded landmarks in Croatia. If you ever wanted to visit Dubrovnik’s fortified City Walls with very few people around or walk the empty streets of Hvar’s old town, this is the year to do it. Empty beaches and uncrowded Plitvice Lakes? Yes, please! Another reason to travel are lowered costs of pretty much everything. National parks, restaurants, accommodations and – yes – tour operators have lowered their prices in order to make travel more accessible
Croatian experience wouldn’t be complete without trying traditional and local Croatian cuisine. Croatia is known for variety of traditional meals making it heterogeneous as each region has its own distinct way of preparing different meals. The differences are most notable between northern mainland and southern coastal regions. The Regions Mainland is represented by heavy and very meaty meals characterized by the earlier Slavic cuisine with Turkish and Hungarian influences. It is common to use lard for preparing almost any meal, even pastries and sweets. In addition to a lot of salt, often used spices include onion, garlic, paprika and black paper. Coastal, more southern cuisine on the other hand, could be best described as light and quite healthy, very typical Mediterranean cuisine; in particular Italian (and especially Venetian). Its roots date back to ancient times, but here, Greek and Roman cuisine had the biggest influence on the Southern Croatian way
We do believe that anyone traveling solo would love roaming through Croatia and all its wonders. Finding both chaos and peace in Croatian cities and nature paths, one will realize that there is so much more when it comes to traveling. Solo travel is not just an outward journey but rather the inward one as it is challenging and liberating at the same time. Please keep on reading if you want to discover why we believe Croatia is so welcoming to solo travelers. LOCAL PEOPLE WILLING TO HELP Anyone who ever visited Croatia knows that Croatians are very welcoming people, in small and rural areas where mostly elders reside in particular. If you happen to find yourself alone on an unknown road looking for direction, it will be completely normal if local grandma runs up to you and starts yelling ‘’dite’’ (child) when she realizes you are lost. She’ll try
Welcome to our third blog post out of four Solo travel series. In the first two parts, we mentioned the importance of traveling on your own. Let us talk you into it, you can thank us later. For a lot of people the sole idea of traveling alone is a challenge, mainly because we are not used to our own company. It can easily make us anxious and uncomfortable thus bringing us a lot of time for overthinking things, or at least more than we ‘’normally’’ do. But woah, once you step beyond that, there are plenty of reasons why you should give it a try at least once in your lifetime. See if you like it. If you don’t, that’s ok. But if you do, oh boy; the whole new world opens. FOCUS MORE ON THE DESTINATION Wandering around on your own gives you plenty of time to explore.
Hey there, fierce lady! Do you have that urge, a voice deep inside that is calling your name? That restless feeling that you probably tried to ignore as you go on with you ‘’normal’’ daily life. But what is normal? And are you really expected to just pay your bills, take care of others and then die? How many women in your life do you know that traveled solo? Exactly. Maybe one. Probably none. Traveling on your own, having no one to protect you and being exposed to the unknown is a bit scary, yes. But as soon as you realize that you are the one that has to protect herself instead of relying on others and be absolutely open to the unknown, things start to change. We are not here to give you another safety talk. We wrote about it a lot before and if safety is your concern
So traveling solo, huh? Big step we must say. You most likely have millions of questions and thoughts going through your head. Where should I go and what should I do? Should I look for solitude and roam through the national parks? Or should I go straight into the touristy hot spots? Are crowded places safer than the ones less traveled to? Will I be endlessly bored? Who will I talk to? And most importantly: how do I stay safe? Traveling solo means doing things on your own terms. Feeling like gelato at 11pm? No one can stop you. Want to take a surf lessons for a whole week? Yes! You absolutely can. Ordering two kebabs in a suspicious street? No one to judge you. Visiting museums for a whole day, why yes, if that’s your thing. Staying in the hotel for a whole day and ordering nothing but pizza?
Being able to travel is a beautiful privilege not everyone is able to experience. When we think of traveling and adventuring around the globe, unforgettable memories cross our minds. But, just as anything else in life, traveling too has its ‘’not so fun’’ side. We did a bit of research to see what are the most common things that usually go wrong when traveling and then we realized; most of these happened to us too. Read below what to do and how to deal when things go wrong. MISSED DEPARTURE One of the most common things that could go wrong when traveling is missing your departure; whether it be train, flight, bus or ferry. Being responsible adult means getting yourself a travel insurance before leaving your country. You should most definitely ask for insurance that doesn’t just cover few medical bills but rather your tickets, technology, valuable items and other
During ten years of running our Dubrovnik based Adventure Sailing holiday we have received numerous requests for a similar trip that would connect Dubrovnik and Split – two of the most popular towns on Croatian coast. The result is our new trip: let us take you on en route between famous Croatian old towns and architectural marvels – Dubrovnik and Hvar. As we sail along the coast starting in stunningly intact walled city Dubrovnik we will get to explore the most beautiful side of Croatia. Intact nature free of crowds mixed with old town vibes full of life will make this sailing adventure once in a lifetime experience. As we are leaving Dubrovnik behind we sail towards the Elaphiti islands, a small archipelago consisting of several islands and islets right before we reach Sipan, the farthest and largest of them all. We’ll be sleeping in romantic village Luka Sipanska where
Being spontaneous and even reckless sometimes is thrilling and exciting, but the fun part could easily go away if you get caught up in unenviable situation while on a vacation. Losing documents or getting food poisoning could happen, too. We really hope it won’t though. But the reality is: trouble could happen and you better be prepared. TRAVEL INSURANCE It would be silly to talk about travel safety while not having even basic travel insurance. In case you get hurt and need emergency help in the local hospital, lose your camera or have your flight canceled having travel insurance helps A LOT! All you need to do is contact your travel insurance company and let them solve your problem for you; saving you time and money. DESTINATION RESEARCH We already mentioned the importance of destination research when it comes to responsible traveling in our blog post ‘’5 Ways to be
Now the fun part. When it comes to food, Croatians have A LOT to offer. You are not going to stay hungry, especially if you have the chance to eat at any Croatian grandma’s place (they are known to cook for a small army even if they have only two people coming to lunch). Here in Croatia, we still eat and prepare some meals the same way we did hundreds of years ago. Keep on reading, you can thank us later. CHEESE Cheese lovers where you at? You can’t leave Croatia without trying our cheeses! Strong in smell, but tasty as hell, Croatian cheeses are something else. We can only guess all the secrets in the making – so far we know that they are dried in special conditions under the wind called Bura and that our farmers have fields where sheep can roam free. We suggest before buying to
Local, handmade and traditional could possibly be some of our favorite words. The same goes when describing the souvenirs we recommend buying. We believe that choosing the right item is the best way to take with you the piece of place you are visiting. In this case – Croatia. When you know what to look for, choosing the right souvenir isn’t that hard. We’d love to help you picking the little treasures as they serve either as memories or as gifts. The following items are both local and traditional. LICITAR If you know a little bit about Croatia, you’ll know about Licitar hearts too. Little heart shaped biscuits are well known Croatian symbol of love originally gifted at ceremonies of love. Licitars are made out of sweet honey dough, painted in red and then precisely and intricately decorated. They are part of Croatian cultural heritage and something visitors like to
My journey started in summer of 2016. Around April that year my mum told me about this famous pilgrimage and how people walk across Spain for one entire month, approximately 30 kilometers per day to reach Santiago. I didn’t really think about it that much at the time – the only thought I remember having is that people have crazy ideas, and this one was definitely one of those. I mean walking and walking for hours, what’s the point? As it happened, the following week I watched the movie “The way” and as cheesy as it was, I feel in love. During the following month my mum and I decided that we would go. We did our research (ok, mum did the research), bought gear (fast drying clothes, backpacks, sleeping bags, small towels, water bottles, plasters, medicine…) and plane tickets. FIRST DAY On July 22nd we landed in Barcelona, took
As we approach the green era; meaning that people are slowly becoming aware of the impact we have on the planet, we too have to realize the effect of the global trend that is traveling. In this post we are not going into depth of irresponsible traveling, but rather showing you ways of becoming a more conscious tourist. If you are interested in the topic, go back to our previous article ‘’Is tourist a dirty word?’’ before continuing with this one. This way you will get a better picture about the impact we make on our planet while traveling the world. LEARN ABOUT THE DESTINATION It is reasonable to expect that you are going to do at least a little bit of research before starting your journey. Guidebooks and rules should be something to go through with extra attention. Research all about the culture, the dos, don’ts, and any extra
Seems like the word tourism and sustainability do not go well together. But why not? In the last ten to twenty years something has seriously changed. Tourism became huge trend, and not just for the wealthy but for the people of all ages, backgrounds and income. Considering that now most people travel once or twice a year, it seems absolutely okay to pamper ourselves while on a vacation. But the problem is that we’re not just one person. Across the globe, nearly 1.3 billion people in total traveled in 2017. That’s nearly 1.3 billion people leaving a carbon footprint through the impact of their cruises, planes and other types of travel. 1.3 billion. MASS TOURISM When you think of an overcrowded touristy place, it already loses its spark. Imagine the most delicate beach with smooth, white sand, clear turquoise water, high palm trees and no other people in sight. Breathtaking,
On our many adventures through Croatia over the years, we’ve met some interesting local people with stories to tell. Their lives unfold in an old rustic house deep in the woods, up on a hill where the path is overgrown and barely visible, in a small village you won’t find on the map or next to a wild river. These places are mostly unknown and with a population so small that in some cases only one person resides in the entire village. They live quiet, modest and simple lives, similar to how people lived decades ago. Farming, gardening, fishing or taking care of their animals is usually what they do throughout the whole day. For some, their area is so empty of people that their only companion is a cow, a couple of cats or a few chickens. Although the only language they speak is Croatian, our foreign guests can
Every few years in fitness, there are new inventions. Some last long while others (Ab Lounge anyone?) are shortlived. When it comes to SUP Yoga, it looks like it’s here to stay. So what exactly is SUP Yoga? Simply put, it is the art of performing yoga while standing and balancing on a paddleboard. The sport combines different yoga types such as Hatha or Vinyasa yoga and outdoors, usually in calm waters such as lakes. Yoga has its roots in India, while paddleboarding is believed to originate from Hawaii. The two combined became huge trend in America, and now you can easily spot it around Croatia too. If you are looking for a challenge and something new and fresh in general, we would be glad to give you some of the reasons we think SUP yoga is awesome. CORE STRENGTH Since the platform is unstable, you will have to
So you finally decided to pack your bags and embark on an unknown adventure through wilderness. There are some things you need to consider before you start packing. Doing your research and planning the itinerary is where you should start. The distance, weather, walking hours…. It would be great to consider getting into shape, and no, you do not have to be an Olympic triathlete to do a long distance hike – good health and moderate fitness and you’ll be just alright for hiking a few hundred miles. But then again, nothing will prepare you for hiking like hiking. PACK SMART Your backpack will differ very much depending on the weather you’ll be walking through. Winter gear, clothing in particular, can take up to double the space of summer gear in your backpack. So, first thing on your mind when packing should be: pack smart. And by that we mean