Europe, Inspiration

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Last year I stayed at a hostel for the first time while backpacking Europe alone for three months. I had no idea what to expect, but if you take one or two really crappy hostels I stayed at, I fell in love with the hostel experience. I loved how I could stay in these amazing places for as little as 5€ and I would even wake up to breakfast right at the common area without having to take off my pajamas. I loved how it didn’t feel awkward to share a room with ten other people. I loved how I could just make a new friend by saying hello or good morning from my own bed.

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Europe, Slovenia

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I went back to Slovenia only to finally visit Lake Bled. I basically did the exact same route as last year, getting a bus from Florence all the way to Ljubljana, an 8h bus that is not that bad and time pretty much flies. Once I passed that boarder into Slovenia I had tears in my eyes. There’s something about this country that seems to bring me back to life, that seems to bring joy back into my life, and if just passing the boarder once made me happy, doing it the second time was even more emotional.

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Bosnia, Croatia, Europe, Inspiration, Italy, Slovenia

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I’ve never been the luckiest traveler out there, and the first time I backpacked alone was also the time I realized my travels would never be as easy as other travel bloggers paint it to be. During my travels, until last year, I had twisted ankles, lost buses and trains, gotten ripped-off, had my bank cancelling a card with all my money, had my credit card and ID stolen at a party hostel, had almost slept in the streets and so on. Life had not been easy. Still, this time around I thought maybe all the bad stuff happened because I was a newbie at the traveling thing. This time I knew what to expect and everything was going to be smooth, right? WRONG!

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Europe, Italy

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Italy has been my obsession for almost two years now! I had been in love with the food, the people, the colors and narrow streets, the yelling in the street and the noisy and chaotic traffic. Everything about this country seemed to make me feel at home and exploring a new city would feel like I had been there all my life. So, when I decided to plan a new trip to Europe, I had no doubts I was going to start my new adventure in this beautiful country.

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Croatia, Europe

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You know how my travels are never, ever, smooth, and travelling to Croatia was no different. I started my morning by waking up at 6am in Ljubljana, walking almost an hour to the bus station with too much luggage on my back, only to almost miss the bus to Zagreb, because I couldn’t find the platform and for those ten minutes no one seemed to speak English. I cried. Five minutes later I was on my way to Croatia and all was good. At least for the next two hours.

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Europe, Slovenia

I was in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and crazy happy for being back to a city I had fallen in love with a year before. I had just left from my new favorite hostel, Hostel Tresor, and life seemed pretty good. I picked up my bags, had a sad goodbye from an amazing hostel experience and went to check in at a difference hostel, farther away from the city center, which at the time didn’t bother me – it’s a small city, so fine by me.

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