24/07/16
View of Hvar City, Hvar Island, Croatia

Our Croatia Travel Costs

How much did we spend during our five and a half week stay in Croatia? Andrew and I travelled along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia exploring UNESCO protected Old Towns, waterfalls, islands, national parks and beaches. Here’s a detailed breakdown of our Croatia travel costs. Continue reading

21/07/16
The View of Mount Doom from Mount Tongariro

How Our Travel Style Has Changed

My name is Amy, I’m from the UK and I just arrived in New Zealand yesterday to start my round-the-world trip,” I told the boat-load of strangers as we took it in turns to introduce ourselves. “Ah, you’re fresh then!” replied the Rock Boat guide as we sailed the paper-flat waters of the Bay of Islands. I nodded, assuming he meant that I was a fresh new traveller, because I certainly didn’t look fresh after stepping off a 24-hour flight just the day before. I looked around at the international collection of tourists gathered on the boat deck; all were at different points in their travel adventures while mine was just beginning, and in ‘fresh traveller’ style I was cramming every second with action. Continue reading

17/07/16
Aerial view of Hvar City, Croatia

Our Split Island Hopping Experience

You’ll find some of the best Croatian islands just off the coast of Split, and hopping from one to the next is a perfect way to get a taste of Dalmatia. Brac, Hvar, Vis and Solta are all packed with pebbly beaches, mountains topped by ancient forts, monasteries and seaside towns full of colonial buildings, churches and restaurants serving fresh fish. There are caves and lagoons to discover, mountains, fields of lavender and never-ending views of the Adriatic Sea. Continue reading

14/07/16
Sunset over Dubrovnik

Why we’re Still Travelling

Back in 2013, travel-starved and weary from the routine of daily life in London, Andrew and I chose to leave the UK to travel the world indefinitely. The decision wasn’t driven solely by a desire to simply see the world, I was also searching for something more: the freedom to create a better way of life. So, has travel enabled us to create our dream lifestyle? Continue reading

10/07/16
Primosten, Croatia, view from above

Day Trips from Split – Gorges, Islands, Old Towns and Lakes

The Split-Dalmatia County has it all: from steep gorges, waterfalls and colourful lakes to seaside towns crafted from local stone and islands surrounded by impossibly calm, blue waters. When we settled in Split, we unwittingly picked the perfect base from which to explore the Croatian coast. With our friend Bonner in tow, we packed the trunk of our rental car with snacks and sun cream and set off to discover the best day trips from Split. Continue reading

7/07/16
Skradinski Buk Waterfall in Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park, One of Dalmatia’s Most Beautiful Natural Treasures

There’s a place you can go in Dalmatia where mountain-fresh water tumbles over rock, crashing in continuous heavy curtains into topaz pools. As you follow shady paths through dense forest, toads croak on the riverbed and the earthy smell of nature scents the breeze. It’s a landscape formed of limestone karsts; a place where you’ll find fortresses, waterfalls and ancient caves, churches and a red-roofed monastery which sits on a tiny, isolated islet. This place is Krka National Park. Continue reading

3/07/16
View of Split from the top of the Bell Tower

A Snapshot of Split Old Town

Lately we’ve made a habit of staying in historic towns. First we rented an apartment in the heart of Toledo, the former Capital of the Spanish Empire. Next we made a pit stop in Croatia’s most famous UNESCO town, Dubrovnik, before settling in Split, the ancient home of Emperor Diocletian. Here’s a snapshot of Split Old Town, which became our local hangout during a five-week stay on the Dalmatian Coast. Continue reading

30/06/16
Us at Krka National Park

Our Journey to Becoming Digital Nomads

This year a lot has changed for us. After our attempt to live and teach in Madrid collapsed, Spain felt like an epic fail. Everything was a confusing, unhappy blur for me and I had to confront a lot of negative feelings; dissatisfaction with our financial situation, dread about teaching again and uncertainty for the future. We were forced to re-examine what we want from life and figure out how to live happily – this eventually led us to the realisation that we want to become digital nomads. Continue reading

23/06/16
Andrew and I in Split, Croatia

Settling in Split

These days small, ordinary things count as luxuries. Things like being able to sit down at a proper table everyday to write and having a kettle and four different types of tea within touching distance. This is where I’m sitting now, in our apartment in Split. Here the kitchen cupboards are stocked with food, we sleep in the same bed every night, watch TV programmes on our comfy sofa and have a washing machine at our complete disposal. For me, these temporary home comforts have become as wonderful as the moment we step off a plane in a brand new country – well, almost. Continue reading

16/06/16
View of Dubrovnik from Fort Lovrijenac

Rediscovering the Joys of Travel and Visiting Dubrovnik

On our first evening in Croatia I stopped to watch the sun from our balcony, and as it sunk towards the black mountains on the horizon, I tried to remember the last time I’d paused to watch this everyday ritual. For me, sunsets and sunrises are entwined with travel. In my ‘ordinary’ life back in the UK I rarely took notice of the sun’s daily rounds, it was travel that made me stop and look properly at the world, inspired me to hike up hills or seek out special spots to witness this simple beauty. Continue reading