My 1 year of travel blogging

I did a sunglasses review recentlyūüôā

First of all a big THANK YOU to all who have stumbled upon my blog, who have read my posts, who have left a comment or liked something I wrote. I’m especially grateful to all of you who are following my blog here or on Facebook,¬†Twitter,¬†Bloglovin’and Google+¬†(yes, I just recently opened a Google+ account).

How it all started

My blog will be 1 year old this Wednesday! I am not computer savvy or in any way knowledgeable about blogging. So why did I start this travel blog of mine a year ago? There were a few good reasons. I needed a distraction from my everyday life and I needed something to occupy my mind so that I don’t think all the time about one wish that can’t be fulfilled that easily. And I needed a new audience for my travel stories because I felt that my friends were getting bored of my travel escapades that couldn’t match their baby stories.Or at least I felt that way.

¬†I’ve been reading several blogs at the time and after a while I got a nagging idea in my head that maybe I could write about my travels too. When I set up my blog I didn’t tell a soul about it. After a month or so I told my best friend and then my husband. After a few more months I told my other two closest friends and recently I mentioned it to a few more people but I haven’t really shared it much among my friends. I feel more comfortable knowing that strangers read and judge me than my friends. I know that’s odd but I that’s how I feel.

About this travel blog

I have always been crazy about London and the UK so I wanted to show that in my blog’s name. For me the red telephone box is one of the most famous British icons so I chose it as my blog name. Of course, this blog just had to be written in English. It never even occurred to me that I could write in my own native language:Croatian. I wanted to write about my numerous visits to London and my other travels around Europe which I did. Also, I was lucky enough to have spent a few months in England on a work visa 8 years ago. However, I still haven’t written much about the places that I’ve visited in England ( I did write about Scotland).

Most of my blog posts are personal travel stories while some can be considered as guides. If any of my travel posts inspired you to visit a certain place or gave you some new or valuable information that’s great. If I haven’t accomplished that, that’s also fine, because this is my own space and I write for my own selfish pleasure.

in London this May

Blog love

My first blog post was about my love¬†for London. After a few months I received a lot of blog love from fellow travel bloggers. I was nominated for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, Liebster Award¬†and The Sunshine Blogger Award. I was very delighted when I received them. Once again I want to thank all the nice bloggers for my nominationsūüôā

My most popular blog posts in 2015 were: BRUSSELS (April 2015), Exploring Belém-Lisbon (Sep 2014), My favourite things about travel (Travel Link Up), The festive season in Nice (France), A cat & Christmas

My most popular blog posts in 2016 (in first six months!) are: What are my greatest adventures? (travel linkup), Hello London!Have you missed me?, How many times have YOU visited London?, Unexpected places (June Travel Link Up) and Wandering around London in 72 hours (part I).

My most popular post so far is:What has travel taught me?(#TravelLinkup)

The most viewed posts so far are: Vasa Museum, Stockholm, How many times have YOU visited London? A guide to Menton, France, Visiting a Cat café in Nice, France and Snapshots from London (May 2016).

I have met a lot of really kind and helpful travel bloggers with whom I exchanged a lot of comments and from whom I got even more travel inspiration. I have also joined a lot of linkups that helped me to gain more readers. In this past year I have joined these travel linkups: Travel Tuesday, Travel Linkup, Weekend Wanderlust, Weekend Travel Inspiration, The Weekly Postcard, Photo Friday, Travel Photo Thursday, Wordless Wednesday (on a Tuesday), Animal Tales, Monday Escapes, City Tripping and Wanderful Wednesday. I’d like to thank all of the hosts and co-hosts of these wonderful linkups.

I was also very pleased when I got asked from a few bloggers to give my input for their blog posts (e.g Tourists vs.travellers) and I still need to do a guest post for a lovely Greek blogger:)

Most recently, I joined the Monthly Travel Linkup as a co-host for September! I am co-hosting with Emma, Angie and Jessie!

This month’s topic is:your most meaningful/interesting food experience. So do join and link your post from 1st-7th September!:)

in Stockholm this April

Blogging benefits

I don’t want to sound cheesy but writing this travel blog has actually helped me a lot. 2016 has been a very difficult year for me. From my mum’s serious health scare and my own health predicaments to job insecurity (that’s not new!) and all the boring household chores writing this travel blog has definitely given me a new focus.

Blogging is my new hobby:) However, If anyone offered me a stay in a hotel for free I’d happily write a review in exchange;) ¬†I was very surprised when GPSmyCity offered me to do a giveaway for their self-guided city walks app and then when they contacted me again to do a travel article¬†app. If a lot of people decide to upgrade my travel article apps then I would earn a few cents but even if they don’t, it’s still pretty cool to see my apps on iTunes store! Also, I recently received free sunglasses¬†in an exchange for a review which was great (GlassesShop)! Who knows, maybe blogging for a second year will bring me even more benefits!:)

2 year of travel blogging

I will continue to blog about my past and current travels. At the moment I don’t have any new trips booked but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a lot of material to write about. Even though a lot of you fellow travel bloggers rave about Croatia’s beauty I as a Croatian who actually lives in Croatia haven’t written anything about my own homeland. That’s something I need to do in my second year of blogging.:) But I still prefer to write about London:) There are a lot of new posts I need to publish! I hope you noticed that I bought my own domain!It only took me a year to do so!:) I also just recently joined Google+¬†so please do follow me there too! I know I should have an Instagram account but my mobile phone has a crappy camera and almost no memory so I can’t do that at the moment. Maybe I’ll open a Pinterest account but I still find it too complicated to do it now. And who knows what will the second year of blogging bring‚Ķ..

St.Katherine's dock, London
St.Katherine’s dock, London

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Xoxo

Tanja

Beach snaps VIII

Nice, France

Nice, France

The view of the beautiful city of Nice with its Promenade des Anglais and the beach…

This is the last beach snaps blog post. I published eight during this summer to show you some of my favourite beaches from last years. I’ve been to some pretty great beaches in Greece too but I¬†don’t have those photos anymore. I hope you’ve enjoyed my beach photos. My first blogiversary is next week and I’m also co-hosting the monthly travel link up for September! If you haven’t noticed I also registered my domain so I’m now theredphoneboxtravels.com !:)

Xxx

Tanja

 

Bank of England Museum, London

Money, money, money..makes the world go round! I strongly disagree! I’m not¬† like Carrie from SATC that my money hangs in my closet but I can still see where my money has gone..I just need to open a photo album and see all my beautiful travel photos! Thus visiting a bank museum isn’t exactly something I’d normally do.

On my recent trip to London (this May) I visited the Bank of England Museum. I have done a lot of free museums in London and when I saw that the Museums at Night festival coincides with my visit to London I decided to choose one of the museums that stayed open longer because of the festival. I browsed the Museums at Night website and I decided to go to the Bank of England Museum mainly because it was free and small and looked interesting enough.

Bank of England Museum

Of course, the Bank of England Museum is situated in the Bank of England building in the City of London. The closest tube station is Bank but even though I have walked around the City before and have certainly been on the Royal Exchange square more than once I was slightly confused to where is exactly the entrance to the museum. The Bank is to the left of the square but the museum’s entrance is in the small street Bartholomew Lane.

At the museum’s entrance you go through airport-like security and then go into a big room. It was around 7 pm (the museum is usually open until 5 pm) and there were quite a few people wandering around the museum. I was looking at some old photos of the bank building when a museum guide approached me and started speaking quickly about the bank’s history. I don’t know whether this happens usually. I guess this was because of the Museums at Night festival. I saw several other people looking amused too when they were approached by other museum guides.

Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum

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Beach snaps VII

Southwold

Southwold, England

This photo was taken in October, 2009. I guess this beach is full of cheerful families on a warm summer day. Don’t you just love these colourful beach huts? I hear they’re quite expensive though. So what’s your favourite seaside town in England? Is the sea too cold for swimming? My last beach snaps post is due next week and then it’s back to business as normal e.g publishing city posts!:)

p.s. I’ve recently opened a Google+¬†account! Do join me there too!thanks:)

xoxo

Tanja

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Beach snaps VI

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MoŇ°ńáenińćka Draga, Croatia

A small fishing village near the town of Opatija which is the oldest seaside resort in Croatia. During the Austro-Hapsburg empire many aristocrats and royals frequented Opatija and the nearby town of MoŇ°ńáenińćka Draga. Today it’s beach is popular with locals and tourists alike (there’s also a nudist beach).

Ps. I’m currently in a small Dalmatian village without access to the Internet so this is a scheduled post. I’ll reply to any comments next week!:)

xoxo

Tanja

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What has travel taught me?(#TravelLinkup)

Paris, France-one of my best trips ever!

Whether I join the monthly travel link up or not I always like to read what other bloggers wrote about each month’s theme. My¬† last contribution was in June when I wrote about my unexpected¬†places but I didn’t feel inspired to write about my home last month. I don’t know about you but I can only write when the writing muse smiles upon me. I cannot force my writing. Luckily, I don’t need to rely on my writing to eat! Also, it’s too hot to think properly and I’ll be offline next week anyway so I didn’t think that I would be writing about what travel has taught me but somehow I started to think about this theme last night and here I am pounding it out.

My first trip abroad happened when I was only a couple of months old but I don’t really remember that and besides it wasn’t really abroad then since Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia. My next real travel abroad adventure was a trip to Venice when I was about 4 but again I have no recollection of that trip either. So I guess my first abroad trip (that I remember) was a shopping trip to Trieste, Italy! Go figure!:) My proper travelling career started when I was at university. Then I started to travel with my friends around Europe. So what has travel taught me? A lot. Too much to put in this post but I’ll try to identify the most valuable lessons.

Dreams do come true

For years I have dreamt about travelling. I’d also been in love¬†with London even before I’ve visited it for the first time in 2006. Ten years later and 11¬†trips to London I’m still crazy about that vibrant melting pot called London. And I have travelled a lot. So my dreams did come true! Maybe I haven’t travelled extensively as some bloggers did but my circumstances are also not the same as theirs. It’s not the same whether you travel somewhere if your currency is strong and your buying power quite substantial or if your exchange rate is 1¬£=8.9 HRK. So, yes Croatia is cheap for the British tourists but Britain is majorly expensive for Croatian tourists. Furthermore, if I wanted to travel to London before Ryan Air came to Croatia that flight would have cost me around 500‚ā¨ with the national airline and my first trip to London with Ryan Air cost me only 50‚ā¨ return ticket! So I’m happy with the amount of travelling I have done so far but there are still some destinations that are out of my reach at the moment. But I’ll keep on dreaming (and saving!)

in London this May

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