GOING UP THE COUNTRY
In 2019 I spend 9 months abroad, I visited 13 countries and 4 continents. I have a big passion for traveling, I love to experience the cultural and natural wonders of our beautiful planet. Going up the country travel blog is all about sharing useful travel information, photographs and travel tips based on my personal experience.
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What to do and see in Halkidiki Greece | Halkidiki guide
After our amazing vacation to Zakynthos, we knew we must go back to Greece. To explore more of this beautiful country, its delicious cuisine, culture, and nature. This time, destiny (and cheap flight tickets) took us to Halkidiki, a unique 3 fingers shape peninsula in the northern part of Greece. Even though this area is not an island, each peninsula is very narrow, and covered with sea from both sides. The main attraction of Halkidiki is of course the beaches. There are so many to choose from, each with its style and vibe, but all share beautiful crystal water and nature. Every day we were hopping from beach to beach, snorkeling, drinking, relaxing, and enjoying the good life. Halkidiki is full of picturesque traditional villages, tavernas with the freshest and tastiest food you can imagine, lively bars,.and also green nature with wildlife. A perfect mix for a perfect vacation.
What to see and do in Varazdin and around | A guide to the Varazdin area
When people think about Croatia, they usually associate it with beaches, islands, and crystal sea water. Most travelers and visitors will probably choose to spend their vacation on the Croatian coast. But luckily for us, we had a chance to explore some other parts of the country and see a bit different side of Croatia. We discovered beautiful green nature, ancient history, classic European towns, and warm hospitality from the local people. Besides all the above, the Varazdin area was also very budget-friendly (compare to the expensive coast), and we indulged ourselves without any concern for our wallets. So if you consider exploring Varaždin here are some of our recommendations:
Things to see and do in Sintra | What to do in Sintra (Portugal) and around
Our short vacation to Portugal started with this lovely romantic town. We had only a short amount of time to spend in Portugal and we didn’t want to stay just in Lisbon. Sintra looked like the best option for us. We took the train (3 euro) directly from the airport and drove about an hour to the center of the town. The sun was shining and while walking towards our hotel we felt the peaceful atmosphere of the place, categorized by the diversity of green trees, singing birds, and local artists sharing their art of music and paintings. Sintra is also known for its amazing architecture, royal palaces, and castles, No matter where you look something is interesting to see and explore. As being a famous touristic destination, the town is full of local restaurants and cafes to choose from, with high-quality Portuguese food and wine selection.
Best places to see in Bulgaria | What not to miss in Bulgaria
For us, Bulgaria was never on the bucket list, we found a great flight deal and due to the COVID situation, we spontaneously decided to travel there. Without knowing much about this Balkan land we were excited to see what it brings us. We discovered a beautiful diverse nature of mountains, rivers, lakes, and beaches of the Black sea but also ancient history remains of all the empires that ruled this area. At times Bulgaria felt a bit melancholic, seeing many abandoned buildings across the country. We often noticed grim people and poverty. But overall we had an amazing time, enjoying the famous Balkan cuisine and culture, the changing terrain landscape, and the best places to see in Bulgaria that will stay in our hearts forever. What are the best places to see in Bulgaria? What not to miss in Bulgaria? You can read more about this in this article.
Our favorite beaches off the beaten track
No crowd, no beach umbrellas, and loud bars. Just peace and tranquility and you and me. Our favorite beaches off the beaten track! During our travels around the world, one of our favorite landscapes is the sea and the beach. We actually first met at a beach town in the South of India. The soft sand to our feet, warm strokes of the sun, and of course the refreshing water are for us the perfect setting for relaxation, a sense of freedom, and enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who share this passion, and usually (especially during the high season) the beaches attract masses of people which kind of ruins our fantasy of the ‘beach life’ experience. Luckily though, on rare occasions, we manage to find some magical hidden spots, that only a few know or are interested in. There, we can enjoy everything beaches have to offer without the noise and hassle that comes with big crowds. So for all of the peaceful seaside lovers out there, we gathered here some of our favorite beaches off the beaten track. 4 continents, 5 different countries, and 5 stunning beaches by our choice.
Best things to do in Karst | Slovenia’s Southwestern region
Karst region is also called Slovenia’s Tuscany. The Karst Plateau or Karts region is an area that extends between Southwest Slovenia and Northeast Italy. It is a very special landscape which was through years formed by water and limestone. Karst is a special place. I think we can almost say that it has a soul that is connected with stone, for centuries. Carved with water and the help of a human’s hand. That’s what makes Karst so special. Besides the stone, the area is most famous for its impressive caves, medieval villages, local wine, and beautiful white Lipizzan horses. Karst will offer you the perfect experience of amazing nature mixed with history and unique traditional culture.
Best things to do in Zakynthos Greece | What not to miss in Zakynthos
Are you planning to visit Zakynthos? Here is a list of our choice – the best things to do in Zakynthos Greece and also what not to miss in Zakynthos. Zakynthos is a great vacation destination for all ages. You can be in a party mode, relaxing mode, or adventures mode – Zakynthos will keep you occupied. It has something for everyone. Busy nightlife in Laganas (which we avoid completely) and quieter, undiscovered spots. Zakynthos is known for its dark blue sea colors, high cliffs, and waters full of marine life. A lot of beaches can be reached only by boat so on some beaches you feel ‘unspoiled’ by humans vibe. We rented a car for the first time in Zakynthos and we would do it again. It was really easy to explore the island and it gave us a feeling of independence and freedom.
Food in Zakynthos | Traditional dishes of Greece
After spending some time in Zakynthos and enjoying their food we decided to write a blog post about it. Here is what we know about food in Zakynthos and traditional dishes in Greece. Fresh Mediterranean cuisine, local ingredients, and the warmth of the island’s people are just a few things that make food in Zakynthos delicious. The dishes and food we had to try were all fresh, rich in flavors, and comforting. What else can a person ask for? Pure olive oil, locally made from the island’s trees, fresh fish from the sea, and amazing light vegetarian dishes. If you want to hear more about food in Zakynthos, let’s dig in on some of the best food the island has to offer.
Peru travel guide | Best Peru travel tips
As backpacker travelers, Peru has always been on our bucket list. We fantasized about hiking the snowy Andes mountains and exploring the rich indigenous cultures. And of course, visiting one of the 7 wonders in the world – The Machu Picchu. The expectations were at the roof and Peru for sure delivered. Let’s start by saying that Peru is a budget-friendly country, which means less spending and more traveling. The food, accommodations, transportation, and activities are quite affordable. It’s easy to get by even on a tight budget. It’s a great place to buy gifts, clothes, fabrics, and handmade artifacts. Peru was the cheapest country that we visited on our travel to South America. Peru is also a wild nature kingdom, no matter where you go, nature will be in the background with its magnitude and beauty. Due to this fact this country is a Meca for trackers, climbers, and adventurers. Just pick a trek and have the best time and views of your life.
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How many days to spend in Sarajevo
Sarajevo is an amazing city, not big but with so much stuff to explore and so much stuff to do. We weren’t sure how many days to spend in Sarajevo so we booked a hostel in the center of the city for 3 nights, which was enough but I could easily stay one more, the place has so much to offer. You can explore the old town Bascarsija, eat some amazing local food, join a free walking tour, visit museums, hike, visit an abandoned bobsleigh and even ride a bicycle all the way back to Sarajevo.
Top things to see in Mostar
Mostar is one of the top locations to see in Bosnia, it is also one of the most visited ones and I don’t wonder why. It has beautiful architecture, outstanding natural beauty and of course the great old bridge, with the view on the beautiful but cold Neretva River. You don’t have to worry that you will be bored, there are so many things to see in Mostar.
Bacalar lagoon Mexico
After the tourist horror of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, we wanted to escape to a quiet place. We heard a lot of good things about Bacalar lagoon in Mexico, so we decided to check it out. It sounded cool, a unique lake of 7 colors, with big swings on the crystal water with white sand on the bottom, the place sounded like the Maldives to us.
Machu Picchu on a budget
Every year it attracts a lot of tourists and I think I can say that its one of the most visited cites in all South America. Almost 2500m high Macchu Pichhu is the lost city of the old Inca kingdom, and one of the 7 wonders in the world. The main thing is to get from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu pueblo), and there is no road leading there. Aguas Calientes is the closest town to Machu Picchu, its a very cute little town, great to explore. Usually, you spend a night there and then early morning you head to Mach Picchu, by bus or on foot.
Mancora travel guide
If you arrive in Mancora you are probably planning to cross to Ecuador or the other way around. Mancora is a small village surrounded by desert on Peru’s northern coastline, famous for its beach, surfing, and ceviche. It has one main street where you can find all the restaurants and stores. It is also a party place, a reason for a visit for many young travelers.
How to hike Colca canyon on your own
The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest places on the planet, reaching a depth of 3,400 meters, more than twice as deeper as the Great canyon. It is a land of condors, thermal baths, and stunning nature. A lot of people choose the Colca canyon trek as a less crowded and cheaper alternative to the famous Inca trail. If you want to know how to hike Colca canyon on your own, you should continue reading.
Food around the world
Where to eat in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps – full of clubs, coffee shops, shopping stores and most important endless food options. From simple falafel stands to luxurious gourmet restaurants, Tel Aviv is a food Mecca for foodies and people who love to eat. So, if you are into food and you plan to visit Tel Aviv – be prepared for a culinary ride of your life.
Food you need to try in Israel
Israel is a small country but it has a big diversity of food. Moroccan, Persian, Yemen, Arabic, Eastern European are just a few world cuisines that influenced the Israeli kitchen. Israel is a melting pot of many cultures and if we add super fresh ingredients we have a portion of delicious and unique food. You will find everything that your taste buds desire. So what is the food you need to try in Israel? Let’s dig in and see some of the Israeli food classics.