Visiting Palm Beach Preveli

And here we go, new adventures! It has been less than a week and I am already in love with Crete. So much positive and the surroundings are awesome. I can see the beach from my house as well as a mountain with a snowy peak. Can it be more perfect? The first days I have spent getting settled in. This means getting papers fixed for my new job, meeting the crew, getting things for my new apartment and so on. We also started training for the job. Namely, I will be selling excursions for a travel agency. Once the job officially starts I will be quite busy and won’t have much time to discover the island.  Thus, when I found out that we have a day off from our training week, I impulsively decided to rent a car. I recently got my license, relearned how to drive a car in a month to complete my drivings license. I had not driven a car for five years. During the few months I spent back home, I had only had the chance to drive with my driving teacher or with my dad and his big jeep. So […]

The Sunshine Blogger Award

One day I opened my laptop and received a nice surprise. I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I feel humble and very thankful that somebody has noticed my blog and finds it inspiring. I was nominated by Travel Plans For Miss Fancypants. Thank you so much! Have a look at her super fun blog! What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is a nomination given to bloggers by bloggers. Members of the blogging community nominate others who they think are inspiring and bring the sunshine into the lives of their readers. Once nominated, you are all required to write a post where you: -Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog -Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you -Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer -Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog -List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post   The challenge   I was asked 9 questions by Miss Fancypants and here are my answers: 1. What songs/type of music do you listen to whilst traveling or that which inspires you to […]

Why I travel?

“I love to travel because it opens my eyes, gladdens my heart, sharpens my mind, tires my feet, lightens my wallet and brightens my life.” – Ramya Tirumalai Twenty-two countries and seventy-one cities and counting. I have lived five years in the Netherlands, more than five months in Bali, over three months in Romania, and two months at a time but four months in total in Italy. At the age of twenty-four, I am pretty proud of these numbers but I can’t stop here and gotta keep on going. My first trip independently was at the age of fourteen. It was a trip to an English language camp in England. A company called EF, Education First, was organizing it. There were other Estonians in the group too, but I still did not know anybody and it was a big challenge for me, a shy kid. It turned out to be one of the greatest experience at that time. I met so many international people, got to travel and see new places and had so much fun. A few years later I wanted to go again and went to Berlin. I was the only Estonian there and it was even […]

Tallinn- medieval surroundings and depression

One day my awesome friend decided to visit me in Estonia. Since it was a weekend trip, I thought it is best to spend it in Tallinn. There is more to do in the capital and then we can both be tourists. I do not know my way around Tallinn and I always need to use google maps or ask for directions. Thus, it was a little domestic trip for me. Independence day   When she arrived, Estonia was celebrating Independence Day. I took her to a nice homey restaurant called the Granny’s Place to enjoy some local food and made her eat our famous blood sausages. Afterward, we strolled around the city but because it was cold and dark it was best to leave the city tour for the next day. There was a small parade too, in the city, with people quietly walking in a row holding torches. I started to question my culture. My friend was wondering why it is so quiet during the Independence Day. Later that night we went to a bar and met a group of British bachelors and they asked me the same question and why are people […]

Wandering in Estonia- video post

And here we go, a new baby of my newest hobby is born. I have put together yet another video of some nice spots in Estonia. While I am still home, why not do some domestic travel and capture it, right? So without further ado, I now present you my latest video. Enjoy 🙂

Some of my most memorable travel moments

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain Some days I feel a little nostalgic and like to remember all the memorable travel moments I have had. This happens especially when you are currently not on some awesome trip but are itching to go somewhere. Till I’ll go exploring again, I figured I can appreciate the great experiences I have had so far. So here are some of the unforgettable moments during my travels. Swimming under the waterfall and fireflies in Bali I will never forget the feeling how difficult it was to actually reach the waterfall. The Git Git Waterfall in Bali was a beautiful sight and it was possible to swim through it, get a hold of the rocks behind, climb higher on the wall and then jump back in. The current was very strong and you had to put a lot of effort in to reach the wall because the outpouring kept pushing you back. It was very difficult to breathe, too. After a few attempts, I realized I should swim underwater till I reach the other side and finally there I was. I climbed higher on the wall and jumped through […]

Estonian winter – video post.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll   For a while now I have been residing back at my homeland. Finishing some unfinished businesses and some free time has given me a good opportunity to explore the nature in my country. The winter here can be pretty beautiful but freezing. I missed experiencing a proper winter while being abroad for so long. After a long time, I could feel how -20 C  (-4F) degrees feels on my skin. It’s not very fun and the best is to stay indoors by the fireplace, but it does create beautiful art outdoors. Windows are getting painted by Jack Frost and the trees are wearing white coats. I have been practicing a new hobby and have put together a video of a frosty Estonian winter. I hope you enjoy it!  

Travelling and ignorance

Since I mostly blog about what I do and experience while I travel and it’s usually positive, I have not really put much attention to some negative sides of it. This time I don’t want to talk about how my bag got stolen or anything like that but about tourist behavior. Traveling has become largely accessible and available also to people with lower income. You can see how many planes are flying at this very moment all over the world HERE. All this shows that tourism has a huge impact on the environment, economy and the people. Sometimes I stumble upon tourists doing something really ignorant that has a negative effect on either the local community, nature or something else. I am not perfect either. Have made some mistakes in the past and learned the truth behind different tourism aspects only later. There is so much information available now on how to travel responsibly. Yet many people still ignore it. Thus, I am going to share some stories of what I have witnessed or what really grinds my gears.   Trashing the last rainforest When I was in Thailand, I visited the only rainforest left in […]

Bucharest

Before leaving Romania, I wanted to see the capital city Bucharest. I decided to take the night train from Baia Mare to Bucharest, so I could have my first experience sleeping on the train. The train took off at six o’clock in the evening and arrived twelve hours later to the capital. There were two options, to either book a cabin shared with five other people or a private one. I chose the private one since I was all alone with way too much luggage and felt like in terms of security it would be much easier for me to be by myself. The cabin was simple with two bunk beds, a tiny table and a mirror. It was a little over heated so I slept with the window open. Luckily I managed to sleep, albeit it was pretty noisy. Finally, at 6.30 AM there I was at Bucharest train station ready to spend my final two days in Romania.   Day 1 I did not have much planned for the first day, but just to stroll around and see what I discover. There was nothing really that caught my eye or I was determined to visit […]

Alba Iulia and Turda salt mine

Our Northwest Romania discovery trip was coming to an end, but there were few more places to see. After seeing so many great places already, I thought to myself how much tourism potential Romania has. It could become a real tourist hot spot with so much to offer, but on the other hand that could ruin many things as well. I love the fact that you don’t have to wait in queues everywhere and all the attractions and items are not overpriced for tourists. The local life has not been affected by tourists and it is truly authentic, not a show for visitors like in some other places. I guess it could use some small improvements with tourist facilities, but I still hope it stays as humble and true to itself as it is.   Alba Iulia One of the last cities we visited was Alba Iulia. It is a pretty small city, but very clean and organised. The best attraction in the city is probably the citadel in the centre. You can drive there, but inside, you can only walk or cycle. First, you notice that there are multiple metal figures of people placed all […]