Monthly blog overview: August 2017

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babymoon weekend in Gorski kotar region of Croatia

August. Time flies. It’s been already a year of these monthly blog overview posts. And 2 years of my travel blog! Thanks for sticking around 🙂 Also, I celebrated 3 years of marriage to a wonderful man. So it was a month of anniversaries. The entire summer was so hot and spending weekends on island Krk was a welcoming relief because I did a lot of swimming. My husband and I also did a weekend babymoon trip to Gorski Kotar area of Croatia which has a nickname Croatia’s Switzerland because of its mountains and forests (there are bears and wolves too!). And now the only thing left to do is to wait for the baby to come 🙂

Published posts in August

Monthly blog overview: July 2017

Guest Post: Brazil Beyond Rio de Janeiro

Throwback Thursday Photo:Oslo

My English memories: Bath & Stonehenge

Wordless Wednesday: Pena Palace, Sintra

4 Incredible Wildlife Parks You Should Visit in Sydney

My 2 year of travel blogging+giveaway 

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My 2 year of travel blogging+giveaway

in Trieste, Italy this year

I launched the Red Phone Box travels blog on 31st August 2015. I needed a distraction, a new hobby, a new audience for my travel stories. I am most grateful for all my followers and subscribers and new blogging friends. It was a wonderful experience to see my little travel blog grow over the past 2 years. I’m not an expat or someone who quit her/his job to travel the world. I’m just an ordinary person who is mad about travel and who despite somewhat limited resources manages to travel. Even if it’s just around Europe. Whether it’s a weekend break or one week holiday I always make the most of my trips. I try to cram in as much sightseeing as humanely possible and prefer to spend my money on attraction entrances and souvenirs than on fancy meals or luxurious hotels. I’d rather take two trips than stay at a really expensive place on just one trip. I prefer city travel to outdoor adventures even though as I grow old I find the countryside and the smaller towns more appealing. My travel history includes: backpacking trips, train journeys across half Europe, boat voyages that lasted over 30 hours and many other crazy things when I was slightly younger. Moreover I’ve stayed at cheap&dinky hostels but I’ve also experienced some luxury accommodation too. I travelled with my best friend, with a boyfriend, with a group of friends, with my husband and alone. Solo travel is great and I’d recommend it to everyone but I do find travelling with my best friend or my husband more fun. It’s always nicer when you can share your new experiences with someone else.

I’ve had a rough 2016 but still enjoyed immensely my trips to Stockholm and London and various other day trips  and local trips. There weren’t a lot of travel plans for 2017 apart from a week in Germany visiting München and Neuschwanstein Castle. Those plans fell through and Germany is now still just another item on my bucket list. You see, we decided to cancel our travel plans because of my long-awaited pregnancy which finally happened. We couldn’t be more happier! Of course, we’ll need to focus now on the baby. But there are some travel ideas for the next year already on my mind! I want to travel as a family but I also want to travel just as a couple too. And there’ll be more work related travel once our baby turns 1. I didn’t quit blogging or had a break when I found out that I was pregnant. I continued to blog but I published more photo posts and shorter posts. There will definitely be a short blogging pause once I give birth (which could be within a month and a half ) but hopefully after a month or two I’ll have the time/energy to post something. I haven’t turned this blog into a baby/mummy blog and I won’t do that later on. It’ll still be a travel blog but I won’t be writing about any new trips for some time. However, there will be a couple of baby posts too :).

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Monthly blog overview: July 2017

July. It was a bit slower paced month than June. Some beach time, a lot of ice-cream and of course my husband’s 34 birthday! Also, we got a rather surprising gift from some gaming friends, not that the gift was a surprise but the occasion, to be honest we still don’t know why we got it! Was it a birthday gift or a baby gift or just a gift..Anyway, it was a board game Key to the city-London! My two favourite things in one: board games & London!:) Furthermore, the baby’s room is finally done (painted in a lovely shade of blue). I’m all right, just the heat is sometimes overbearing but I can manage it. Two more months to go before the arrival of our little traveller 🙂 After a long time I wrote another London post which made me very happy. I’m always happy when I think of London 🙂

Published posts in July

Pregnancy update: It’s a boy!

Guest Post: Cultural NEWS in Germany with 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Monthly Blog Overview: June 2017

Guest Post: An invitation to explore Mauritius

Sunday Photo: Brussels

5 best FREE views in London

Guest Post: Wales-walking

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Monthly Blog Overview: June 2017

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in Bakar, Croatia

June. It was a rather busy month actually. All the weekends were jam-packed with different activities. There were birthday celebrations, local cultural events and the (re)discovering of my region’s rich history and of course some beach time! Yay!:) First beach time ever with a baby bump! And we found out we’re expecting a baby boy in case you missed this post🙂 We’ve started to sort out the baby’s room too and I received some very cute baby clothes from friends. There’s no tradition of baby shower as such here but once the baby is born all the family & friends usually bring a gift when they first meet the baby (after a month or so). Also, I’ve met my high school friends for our 15th year reunion! Oh gosh! Suddenly I feel very old 🙂

I received a lot of proposals for my guest post invitation so at the moment I can’t accept any new ones. All the guest posts will be published during the summer.

Published posts in June 

Home (June #Travellinkup)

Monthly Blog Overview: May 2017

Sunday Photo: Bled Lake

Guest post invitation

Postcard from Genoa, Italy

Guest Post: Your Guide to Washington, DC 

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Guest post invitation

Welcome to my blog!:)

Hi!

Are you passionate about travel? Have you got your travel blog? Would you like to write a guest post for the Red Phone Box travels?

I have only a few conditions for my potential guest blogger:

  1. Write about TRAVEL ( travel story, travel tips, review of a destination or write about your hometown-if I haven’t visited it! ) but I don’t need hotel or restaurant reviews
  2. Please write about a destination I haven’t written about 🙂 you could write about anywhere outside Europe but if you want to write about an European country please check my Categories or Places I’ve visited page so that you don’t submit a post about a topic I already covered
  3. Your post should contain at least 4 good-quality photos (your photographs!) and be at least 400 words long 

I don’t think that I’m too difficult to please, so if you’re interested let me know!

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Monthly Blog Overview: May 2017

had a lot of fun on my day trip to Trieste, Italy with my best friend

May. So we didn’t go to Munich, Germany last month. I explained why here and shared with you my big happy news of being pregnant! 🙂 However, I did manage a rather tasty day trip to Trieste, Italy with my best friend ( blogged about it too). What else did I do in May? Attended a few birthdays, played some board games as usually, went on walks, etc. My hometown’s football team won the national championship finally so there was a huge party in the town 🙂 and they’ve won the coup as well so they have two trophies now!

On another note, my mum had a heart surgery. She’s recovering now in hospital. She’s a tough cookie, so I now she’ll be okay, especially after all she’s been through last year.

Also, my heart goes out to all the victims & their families of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and in other places around the world.

What’s your news? How did you spend May? Any summer plans?

Published posts in May 

Travel as a menu #travellinkup

Monthly Blog Overview: April 2017

Postcard from Zagreb, Croatia

Throwback Thursday Photo: London 2016 

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Monthly Blog Overview: April 2017

Finding the Easter bunny in Opatija….

April. After almost a month of procrastinating and studying and feeling very much out of sorts I’ve finally did it! I passed all 8 exams in 3 days and had a great presentation. I got my certificate and now I need to put in my papers for my new licence. What is it? I’m…taadaaa… A TOURIST GUIDE FOR CROATIA! 🙂 It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and finally decided to give it a try. I do have a lot of experience in tourism already so this won’t be something completely new for me. There are different rules for tourist guides in different countries. In Croatia, you have to have a licence for each region, so I got a licence for two regions. For example, I can take a group of tourists to Dubrovnik and tell them all about different places while we’re on the bus but once we actually get to Dubrovnik I’d need to hire a local tourist guide who has the licence for Dubrovnik. Now, I have a licence for Primorsko-goranska county which includes places such as Rab island ( check this post) and Opatija and many other gorgeous seaside towns and islands and some lovely countryside places too. I’ve also got a licence for Plitvice Lakes ( Ličko-senjska county) 🙂 . So that’s my big news. Actually, there’s another major news but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for that one. I’m loving all the suspense 🙂

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