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Wordless Wednesday: Zadar

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar

 

This is Church of St.Donatus and the belltower of Zadar cathedral in Zadar, Croatia

 

 

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Life & blog update: September 2018

Veliki Tabor Castle in Croatia

September. For me the real beginning of a year is the start of a school year, not the festive celebrations of January 1. And as usually, this September was yet again another new beginning for me. I’ve joined yoga classes. Painful is the word I’d use to describe everything I do during a yoga class but that’s because I’ve got a rubbish back. Unfortunately, no matter how cute babies are, it’s not easy to lift and carry a baby all the time. My boy is big and restless so holding him is like trying to close a can of wriggly worms. And no, I can’t relax and meditate at the end of my yoga class because all I can think when my yoga instructor says feel the love is pain. But that’s okay. I know yoga does me good.

I’ve started to work after maternity leave too (actually 2 moths earlier, you can take one year off here). It’s just two days in a week but it’s more than enough for me right now. I have no idea how other mothers work every day and take care of their children and cook and blog and do million other things. I guess I’ll learn. I’ve recently been to Italy because of my other job. That was the first time that I’ve been away from my baby boy. He survived. He had a lot of fun with his dad and his grandparents. He didn’t seem to have missed me at all. On the other hand, I worried too much and I didn’t sleep through the night as I’d hoped. I can’t believe my boy will be 1-year-old soon. He’s already taken a few steps on his own. He’ll be walking quite soon.

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(My ) London

Chelsea,London

Recently I’ve received an e-mail that put a smile on my face. Why? Because I got invited to an afternoon tea to one of the most luxurious London hotels. A free afternoon tea in exchange for my review here on the blog sounds fantastic, don’t you think so? But there’s a slight problem. The kind lady who sent me this invitation didn’t realize that I don’t actually live in London. Although, if you check my about page you won’t get confused about my location but I do admit that my blog name might be slightly misleading.

However, I chose The Red Phone Box travels as the name for my travel blog simply because I’m crazy about London and because I’ve visited it many times. My loyal readers and blog friends know all these too well but I guess that someone who just stumbled upon my blog might think that I live in London when they see so many London posts. Unfortunately, I don’t live in London. I live in Croatia. I did live briefly in England a long time ago (but not in London). My obsession with London (and to be quite honest with all things British) is something that I developed through books and movies from my childhood (you see, watching telly is harmful for young children 😉 ). I was in love with London even before my first visit in 2006.

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Wordless Wednesday:Orford Castle

Orford castle

 

It’s still too hot for September here so I thought that a snowy photo might cool me off. This photo was taken in 2010. It’s Orford Castle in Suffolk, England.

 

 

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Let’s Pack For A Week Holiday With Cabin Luggage Only

World Rose

There are many among us who do not have the ability to travel light yet they equally hate handing over cash to an airline company for their ultra-heavy luggage who is already making a ton of money! Another aspect that turns people off from packing a heavy bag is that they will eventually need to stand in a long queue to collect their belongings.

To help people in times of such a dilemma, we have put together a few tried and tested tips that they can easily carry out to make their cabin luggage light yet hold all the necessary items they need in a week’s holiday. Let’s take a look now, shall we!?

 

Take the right cabin bag

When one gets their hand on the perfect cabin bag then it can be considered that half the battle is won! If not, then get ready to pay till your heart bleeds at the check-in counter!

The baggage limits vary with the airline you choose which is why you should take careful measures to make sure what is the maximum amount of weight you can carry in the cabin as per the airline you have chosen for your flight. It is advised to be vigilant if you have connecting flights or are planning to travel back to your place of origin via a different airline.

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My blogging tips for first-time bloggers

letter box in San Marino, people used to write letters before about their adventures, now we blog about them:)

So you’re thinking about starting your own blog but you think you won’t be able to do it? Don’t worry, all it takes to start a blog is a few good ideas and some spare time. I launched my travel blog three years ago without any previous knowledge about blogging. I’ve been reading several travel & lifestyle blogs for a while and one day a thought came to my mind: Why don’t I start blogging about my travels too? I had no knowledge about website design or SEO or any other technical part of blogging but honestly you really don’t need those things when you’re just starting. You just need some free time to learn the basics of how to set up your blog. Of course, you’ll need to make several decisions at the beginning such as which blogging platform to choose, whether to go free or self-hosted, whether to buy your own domain or not…. But I won’t be talking about that here. If you need that kind of advice, look further. Here are tips that will help you to grow your blog once you’ve set it up.

My blogging tips for first-time bloggers

 

Blog about what interests you

You might be into fishing or boxing but for some reason you think that nobody would be interested to read about that so you decide to write about cats even if you don’t particularly like them, but hey  everybody wants to read about cats, right? Wrong! If you’re not interested in what you’re blogging about, whether that’s fishing or fashion or cats, your readers will soon feel that and won’t follow your blog. Write/blog about what interests you and you’ll soon find readers who are equally passionate about your topic as you are and they’ll follow your blog.

 

Be persistent

It takes time to get noticed and to gain readers and followers. Don’t worry, if you just focus on your writing and continue to hit that publish button you will get noticed. Don’t quit just because you’ve posted 10 posts and have no likes/comments yet. Continue to blog and follow the tips below and your blog will grow.

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Life & blog update: August 2018

Big beach in Baška on island Krk

August was a month of beach time and relaxation. My husband had two weeks off work so we spent most of that time on island Krk. I shared a couple of photos from our holiday on Instagram. We visited town Krk and the big beach in Baška. We also left the island for dinner one day and had a very delicious meal in Fužine in Gorski kotar region of Croatia. Apart from that there were a couple of board gaming nights and dates with my friends.

Baby V. is great. He’s growing all the time. He’s now almost 10 months old. He really enjoyed the beach time. We’ve even been to a couple of concerts with him 🙂 We’ve planned a couple of more day trips but the weather made us postpone our plans.

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