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Guest post series #placestovisit – Why You Should Visit Krka National Park, Croatiapos

Today’s post is written by Sarah from that squat bot, if you would like to know more about Sarah please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.

Croatia is a beautiful country with stunning landscapes, rolling mountains and excellent food and wine. If you wanted to stay around the coast, I wouldn’t blame you – the glittering ocean, the Dalmatian islands dotted throughout, and the incredible sunsets are certainly a draw.

What if I told you there was a place equally as stunning a little inland, just an hour from Split – and that in going here, you would get the chance to swim in a waterfall? It’s true! Krka National Park is a bus ride from the second largest city in Croatia, and is well worth the trip to walk around the forest and breathe in the magic of the waterfalls.


How do I get to Krka?

We got a bus from the station in Split, which cost around £20 return and took an hour and a quarter to reach the village of Skradin. From there you go into the glass visitor centre to buy your ticket to Krka (around £7), then you hop on the boat which takes you to the park. The boat takes 25 minutes but this is definitely a part of the experience!
You don’t seem to need your ticket for the rest of the time you’re there, but keep hold of it just in case. I’d recommend booking your return bus journey, as the buses back can get busy and ticket holders are prioritised.

What to take to Krka

Before going I read that you had to take your own food and drink as there was nothing there – but this isn’t true! There are quite a few places to buy food and drink, although I would imagine they are fairly expensive. You can’t go wrong with grabbing a sandwich and a pastry from one of the bakeries near Split bus station – just remember to take all of your rubbish away with you when you leave – and take cash along too.


You do not want to miss out on the chance to swim in a waterfall, so the main thing you’ll want to take to Krka is your swim kit, beach towel and swim shoes. Pretty much all swimming in Croatia requires neoprene swim shoes and Krka is no exception. There are just toilets to get changed in which you have to pay for, so if you can arrive in your swimming kit then it’s going to be much easier for you.

Finally, don’t forget your walking shoes and camera to capture the stunning views!
What to do in Krka

The main thing that drew me to Krka was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall, as this is a real bucket-list-ticking moment! However, be aware that unfortunately there are restrictions where you can swim, and you can’t swim under the actual falling water – I heard a staff member say they had to cordon off areas as people were getting silly jumping off. A real shame, but it’s good to know our safety is paramount.

The swimming area gets deep quickly, the current from the waterfall is powerful, and you can easily get swept into some big rocks so you do have to be a strong swimmer to get out there. However, there is a shallower area if you’d just like to relax, get some photos, and tick it off your list!


I must admit, although the main draw was the waterfall, the most beautiful thing about Krka was the forest and the lovely walk you can do around the park. It takes an hour to get fully around, and although there are some hills, it’s fully accessible with step alternatives and wooden gangways that lead you over streams. There are so many waterfalls within the park and there are many viewpoints at which to grab photos of them at.

Should I get a guide or do an organised trip?

It’s up to you and what you’re used to, but I don’t think it warrants it. It’s easy to book your bus online or in the bus station – information is clear and everyone speaks good English – and once you’re in the park it’s simple to navigate around. All you have to do is enjoy the views.

It may be away from Croatia’s glittering coast, but Krka National Park is not to be missed on your trip to Croatia!

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Guest post series #placestovisit – Why I Love My Adopted Home In Barcelona & Why You Should Too?

Today’s post is written by Charlie from world of travel photography, if you would like to know more about Charlie, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find his details.

You may have heard about Barcelona in the news quite a lot recently. Since summer 2 major events have taken place which haven’t exactly painted the city in the best light, which is why I feel so passionate about writing this post. First there was the, quite frankly sickening, terrorist attack back in August and more recently the unrest about Catalonia (the region in Spain where Barcelona is located) voting to become an independent state and attempting to break away from Spain.

Both of these events however do not define this beautiful city that I have come to call my home and I feel as though the other side of the story needs to be told.

Firstly let me start by saying this isn’t going to be a politically driving post, this is just me showing you why I love it here and why, if you haven’t already, you should plan your next escape to this little corner of the world full of so much culture, fun and things to do.

Let’s start with a little background information

You can think of Spain as less of a country as a whole and more of a union of smaller regions which came together to form what we know as Spain today. In total there are 17 autonomous regions within the country which have varying degrees of independence from the central government in Madrid.

Catalonia is one of these autonomous regions.

You might think that in Spain the language everyone speaks is Spanish right? Well while this is true for 99% of the population there are also 3 other main languages spoken, the largest of these other languages is Catalan which is from Catalonia. In total 17% of the entire country of Spain speak Catalan (as well as traditional Spanish, or Castellano to give it its true name) so you can see that Catalan culture is well and truly alive and kicking.

This strong connection to their roots makes Catalans and the city of Barcelona a melting pot of traditional Spanish culture and Catalan culture. If your thinking ‘well Catalan can’t be that different from Spanish’ you’re wrong. It’s not a dialect, it is its own language entirely. I speak Spanish and can only just about understand the odd word of Catalan here and there.

The fact that the people of Barcelona identify so strongly as Catalan rather than solely Spanish is the reason the independence movement has gained so much momentum recently, but like I said this isn’t a political article so let’s move on to one of my favourite things about the city.

The architecture  

Barcelona is known the world over for its stunning buildings, mostly thanks to the 19th century architect Antonio Gaudi who used the city as his playground for creating his masterpieces. His most famous piece being the Sagrada Familia, a unique church that takes pride of place in the centre of the city.

The Sagrada Familia

It’s impossible to come to Barcelona and not see some of his creations. They are dotted all over the city, each one unique but at the same time distinctly ‘a Gaudi’.

Casa Batllo, another one of Gaudi’s creations

And finally we come to Park Guell. Gaudi designed it as a place for the local community to enjoy his unique style of architecture whilst looking out over Barcelona with a clear view all the way down to the sea.

Park Guell

The cities’ easy going vibe and eclectic mix of nationalities

Barcelona is anything but unwelcoming. As you walk through the narrow alleyways of the Gothic Quarter or down the famous La Rambla you will hear every language being spoken under the sun. The city is a metropolis in the true sense of the word, people from all over come to Barcelona to both visit and make a new life for themselves. Everyone is welcome here.

(PHOTO 5 Caption: La Rambla)

What sets this place apart from other big European cities is something intangible, its vibe. This is largely thanks to the fact Barcelona is situated on the coast and has a beautiful beach which for some reason seems to make everyone take life just that little bit slower. During the summer months people sunbath by the Mediterranean Sea, others can be seen playing volleyball and laughing with their friends. Then at night the beach turns into a chilled out bar under the stars, groups of friends sitting on the sand with beers and sangria in-hand chatting away late into the night.

Barcelona Beach found right on the cities’ door step

The food

You can’t talk about Spain without talking about the food. This gets even more interesting when in Barcelona. The Spanish/Catalan mix really comes out when eating in this part of Spain. While you can still get a great Paella you’ll also find other traditional Catalan dishes with a Spanish influence on the menu.

Traditional Pa Amb Tomàquet Flickr Creative Commons Credit

Find a great little local cafe and order Pa Amb Tomàquet (toast with blended tomatoes and plenty of olive oil) for breakfast, or if you’re there in the right season some char grilled Calçots (a type of long thin onion that is cooked over bare flames and served with Romesco Sauce).

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I hope I’ve inspired you to visit my favourite city in Europe, if I have I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If you have any questions about Barcelona drop them below as well and I’ll make sure I reply and help out as much as I can!

Thanks for reading.

The Author

Charlie is a travel photographer who shares his experiences and work over on his blog World of Travel Photography. Since a young age he has been passionate about travel and using photography to document the world as he sees it. Recently he has turned his attention to helping his readers get on the same path and turn their hobby of photography into part-time or even full-time work.

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Places to visit guest Post series

Who doesn’t like travelling?! I’m sure you all have a bucket list of places you want to visit or a dream holiday. I love to go on holiday and I would love to travel more if only possible but at the moment it’s limited because my boys were still little. However, it’s nice to indulge and get inspiration from travel bloggers who are happy to share their experiences and recommended places for a holiday or travel destination.

Since travelling is one of our interests but we can’t do as much as we would like at the moment that we are launching a “places to visit” guest series

The #placestovisit guest series will be a new Wednesday regular weekly feature on the blog and aims to feature fellow bloggers sharing their traveling diary, experiences, holidays and recommended places they have visited, uk and abroad. It would be a valuable insight to hear their journey of adventure so that when our turn comes, we will be ready and things we learn from their post will be handy for travelling.

The first guest post will start next week. If you would like to take part in this guest series and would like some more information please message me to get in touch.

Philippines

Since we originally came from the Philippines, I would kick start this guest series by showcasing you why you should visit the philippines.

The Filipinos

The people in the philippines is very welcoming and hospitable when it comes to visitors. They are more than happy to offer the best thing they have just to pleased their guest. They are very generous, entertaining and always smiling. They have a cheerful personality that makes you happy as if like there is sunshine everywhere.

The foods

There is a wide varieties of food choices in the philippines since many restaurant cater many different cuisines either Chinese, English, Japanese food and many more so you there is something for everyone. However, your travel to the country won’t be complete without trying filipino foods.

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Perfect Planning For The Family Trip Of A Lifetime


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Traveling with inquisitive kids is a real treat. The innocent way they approach new sights, sounds, and experiences adds a whole new level to a holiday that an adult just can’t experience without them. Every adult has a dream holiday destination in mind. Many people wait until the last kid moves out to head to the four corners of the world to explore. 

But these days, more and more people are taking their children to exciting and exotic destinations to give them the adventure of a lifetime. The theory is that kids who are exposed to interesting new sights and cultures at a young age will grow up to be more inquisitive, adventurous, and it’s a great self-esteem builder. Don’t want for the kids to move out before you head off for your holiday of a lifetime – take them with you.
Decide on a budget

Granted, it’s cheaper to travel as two adults alone, without kids in tow. But at least they’re cheaper than extra adults, right? Before you get your heart set on a destination, you’re going to want some idea of a budget. How are your savings looking? Is a loan viable? Homeowners with a bad credit history are now able to get poor credit loans, which are perfect for a little bit more money to pay for the family holiday of a lifetime. Otherwise, people with stronger credit histories might be able to purchase a fantastic adventure holiday for a small deposit and finance. There are many options available, so be sure to do your research before you set your heart on your destination.


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Beach or adventure?

What sort of holiday do you all desire? Is a city break your dream holiday? Would you prefer a road trip, a relaxing beach trip, or an adventure through the wilderness? The beauty of adventure holidays, including road trips, is that they can be super engaging for children of any ages. The educational aspects of these types of holidays are part of what is making them increasingly attractive to families in recent years. 

City breaks tend to be packed with beautiful sights, and interesting museums and shops, but can often be stressful for families. The busy streets and stress of navigating can make it less popular with families. Choosing the type of holiday that you’ll all enjoy is essential before you start looking properly.

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Sound the kids out

This is their holiday too, so their input is essential. What sort of holiday do they want to do? What are some of their current aspirations? Do they dream of riding on an elephant, zip-lining, visiting a space centre, or seeing lions in the wild? The family holiday of a lifetime should include things that every family member wants to do – even the tiniest toddler. 
Dates vs destination?

Depending on your budget and school holidays, you might find that you are required to compromise on some aspects of your trip. Are you able to travel during school terms? This is obviously one of the best ways to keep travel and accommodation costs low. Otherwise, are you willing to compromise on the destination or the length of the trip to keep travel costs down? 

If the dates you’ve chosen are fixed, it can seriously hike the price up. The flexibility of a week on either side could really help you to find cheaper flights and accommodation, even outside of term time.


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Get packing

Traveling as adults is straightforward – passports and visas are basically all we need, almost everything else we can source at the airport or our destinations. When traveling with children, it’s a whole other kettle of fish, especially for long haul flights. Taking provisions is essential, not just for their comfort, but for your sanity too. Food, entertainment, comfort blankets, pillows – basically the kitchen sink – are imperative. 
Get organised

Do you need a visa or visa waiver? Do your children need one too? Does your travel insurance cover the children, or do they need to be added too? Does the accommodation you’ve booked accept children? Are there any safety concerns for your destination that need to be accounted for? Are yours and your children’s vaccinations and boosters up to date? Getting organised well in advance avoids the mad rush that comes before traveling. Knowledge about your destination and any of its nuances will also help to put your mind at ease about traveling with children. Organisation is everything.
Taking children on the holiday of a lifetime can be stressful, but incredibly rewarding, educational, and inspiring. Have you ever taken your children somewhere a little bit obscure? 

Leave a comment and let us know!

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Travelling to the Philippines. | our family summer holiday. 

Travelling with children can be a bit scary especially if it’s your first time for a long hours trip with small ones. However, travelling to the Philippines is more fun and it’s all worth it. 


Philippines is a very hospitable country. It has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. The beautiful tourist spot, delicious foods and warm welcoming of the Filipinos. It makes the perfect travelling destination as long as you love sunshine. There is a lot of beautiful places and good reason to explore Philippines. However, our family holiday only cover a little bit of the Philippines but it gives you a taste of what it’s like to travel in there. 
Last summer, we went for a holiday to my native country Philippines. It’s my boys age 5 and 2 years old first time to travel that far and it’s  about 16 hours journey to the Philippines from the uk. Luckily, we have a teenage daughter who was very helpful but still can be a bit challenging sometimes when all the crying comes with it and we all end up tired, moody and not enjoying the holiday. 
The good thing about travelling with small children is that they can start getting used to it as such age. They get excited with everything first time like going to the airplane, so on our way to the Philippines, our flight wasn’t that bad. Everyone was so excited for the holiday. My boys were excited to see that they have their own seat in the plane and they were excited to have their own little t.v which entertained them as much as they want. They were also excited pulling and pushing our little luggage. I think the excitement helps and entertaining toys, gadget such an iPad is a must or bring books and colouring set to keep them going. They were so excited as well to see the clouds through the airplane window. 


The weather in the Philippines was really hot so you have to take that in consideration when travelling, make sure you pack loads of summer clothes and accessories such as hat and sun protection lotion. 


Luckily, we have a family car in the Philippines so my children was comfortable and entertained with a small tv. But transportation in the Philippines can be through buses, jeepney, taxi or you can also rent a car for your own comfort to explore. In the city like manila, it’s a bit polluted but to the countryside it’s better.


You can see amazing and delicious exotic fruits in the road being sell everywhere by the Filipino people whose main income is from selling fruits and vegetable along the high way road where they also live and has a stall. 


There is also barbecues and the famous balut in the Philippines which is egg with little chicks embryo being sell late afternoon and night through the streets 


But honestly, I just eat the egg yolk part and drink the soup of balut and leave the little chicks. 


One of the best 5 star hotel in the Philippines is Shangrila hotel however you might find them a bit expensive but it’s worth it. My kids enjoyed their swimming pool with its beautiful resort style and relaxing nature landscape 


There is also a lot of beaches in the Philippines and they will surely delight anyone. 


When it comes to food, there is a lot of varieties of either Filipino food or international fast food offering many different kind of cuisines. Dampa is one of the best when it comes to Filipino food. Everything is fresh just buy from their wet market then go to your chosen restaurant and they will cook it for you and freshly served. 


Ooppsss sorry, we have already eaten at this picture lol didn’t able to take a picture when all the food were serve. 


You can see rice everywhere in the Philippines but if your looking for a food such as chips, French fries etc and it won’t be a problem. You can easily find a different kind of food that suits your taste bud. 
And if you love cooking and want to explore the wet market just have fun buying fresh vegetables and etc 


Or try to catch the sunrise in the fields along the high way road. 


Isn’t beautiful? 
When it comes to visiting a Filipino friend, they will surely welcome you with loads of Filipino foods and the whole thing became like a party and a celebration. If you get lucky, you might even see a roast pig in the table being served for your visit. 


There is a lot of things I want to tell you about travelling to the Philippines but it will take loads of time. All I can say is more fun in the Philippines especially if you know one Filipino friend to take you around as your tour guide. However, I advise you to organise your trip before going there and secure all your personal belonging such as money, purse, gadget, cellphone, jewellery and many other important thing. Also expect that it’s really hot in there and your body might get a shock and you get ill so take first aid and few medicines with you. Other than that, enjoy your holiday 🙂

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