in San Marino this year
It’s been three years since I pressed publish on the very first post of The Red Phone Box travels. And here I am still blogging about my travels (and occasionally about my life & baby). THANK YOU for sticking around!:) Thank you for all your wonderful comments and likes and shares whether you’re following my blog via WordPress or as an email subscriber or if you’re following me on Bloglovin‘. Thank you also for following my blog on its social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ . Cheers to you all!
What has happened in my third year of travel blogging? Well, a bit of travel and a whole lot of everything else!:) I was pregnant and then I gave birth and now I spend my days chasing after an adorable and already mischievous 9 and a half month old baby who crawls at the speed of light! But hey, I can’t complain!:) You can find a few baby posts on my blog but it is still very much a travel blog where I share stories from my past and current travels. Some of my posts are more personal while some are more informative but I enjoyed writing them all. Since we’ve become a family we went on several trips with our baby boy V. We visited a lot of places in Croatia but I haven’t blogged about that. I did blog about our first day trip abroad to Udine in Italy and I still need to finish all my posts about our amazing trip to wonderful but tiny San Marino.
First of all, I’d like to say how happy I am to be this month’s co-host of travel linkup with Emma, Angie and Polly!
Have you ever swum with the sharks? Or visited Machu Pichu? What about running with the bulls in Spain or seeing the Northern Lights? You haven’t done those? Neither have I. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have valuable once in a lifetime experiences. Perhaps some of them might seem ordinary to someone else, like they are not really once in a lifetime experiences but to me they were just that. Unique experiences that represented me, who I was at the time I had them.
Sure, I could do some of them again but it wouldn’t be quite the same (e.g. spend a week in Paris again ) because I am not the same anymore. Time and life (and travel too) has changed me.
in Paris in 2007
So what travels stand out among all the others? And what has made them so special?
There are two trips that come to my mind immediately not just because of the amount of fun I had on them but also because of the very travelling bit that made them extra special. In 2005 I went to Turkey with a group of friends by train. Yes, you read that right! It was the cheapest available option so we took the train from Croatia to Turkey via Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. 36 h on the train (not in a sleeper train) and we made it to Istanbul for three days of sightseeing. Then it was to Izmir for the next three days of fun before we finally came to Çeşme where we attended a student conference.
Another odyssey happened in 2006 when I went to Greece by a ferry from Venice. Well, firstly we had to get to Venice, then spend 30 h on the ferry to Patras and take a train to Athens, our final destination. After 2 weeks of frolicking around Greece it was time for a return ferry trip, sleeping on the deck in our sleeping bags again. That’s an experience I wouldn’t repeat again!
˝By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show˝. Samuel Johnson
No matter what happens in my life the London mood is always there. Lurking behind closed curtains, hiding in the shadows behind my house, the London mood is never too far from me. It waits patiently until I look the other way and then it hits me in the face with full force. Just like that the London mood overcomes me and I can’t resist it. I have to look through all my London photos, read about other people’s trips to London and think back about all my past visits to this glorious city. As the saying goes : ˝London is a bad habit one hates to lose (by anonymous).
Trieste, Italy-visited it with my BFF in May 2017
2017 was a rather different year from 2016. That year had a very dramatic and sad beginning but eventually everything was all right again. 2016 was a year of interesting trips though. Among others I went to London after a three years long pause and I went to Stockholm with my husband. There were a bunch of work trips too. On the other hand 2017 was the year that my wish finally came true. I got pregnant and now my baby is 2 months old. He’s an adorable baby and such a joy to be around.
However, apart from a day trip to Trieste, Italy I did not leave the country last year. Instead we explored more our own backyard and attended several interesting cultural events. There was also a lovely babymoon weekend trip. What that meant to this blog was that I blogged less and differently. I published several photo posts and invited other travel bloggers to write a guest post for my blog. I’d like to thank them all for contributing to my blog. Also, I wrote a couple of posts about my pregnancy and my baby. I’ll probably write occasionally about my baby boy V. in the future:)
from Nice, France for my baby V.
Last year I took a course for a tourist guide. It wasn’t easy to attend lectures and go on day trips and to study for the exams while pregnant but I made it and got my licence. Hopefully I will get to use it this summer.
If I look at my blog goals from last year I am half happy because I didn’t fulfill them all. I did open the Instagram account but I didn’t write much about Croatia. I won’t set any goals for this year because if I just keep on blogging I will be happy. It’s difficult to focus on writing while I’m taking care of my baby. Actually I’m writing this on my phone while I’m holding my baby. 🙂
Trsat Castle, Rijeka, Croatia
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Hey! My dear readers and subscribers I hope you’ve noticed my Instagram account too. As you know, I opened it this February. I didn’t do it earlier because I have a crappy phone camera and I almost never take any photos with it on my trips. Instead I rely on my trusty old digital camera (actually I do need a new one too!). 🙂 So, what can you see on my Instagram account? Unfortunately just a few photos from my past travels but ….You can see a lot of photos from Croatia 🙂 And a few photos of my cat, cakes, baby stuff (I’m due very soon). So if that sounds interesting to you, do follow me! Thanks!
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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 :).