What Bosnia & Herzegovina Is and what It’s Not

As a daughter of Croatian Bosniaks who originated from Mostar, I hold a quite special connection to the country of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Although my parents emigrated only a few years before the evils of war threw the country into deep chaos and destruction, I could witness the development of the country during the aftermath through my yearly visits. Based on these observations, I gathered 10 facts that describe what Bosnia & Herzegovina is and what it's not. While past actions have thrown the country back many decades in the terms of economy, infrastructure and social services, there is only little space to look back. The well-educated youth is looking forward to a brighter future and tries to find a middle way between tradition and modernity. The locals … (Continue reading)

Welcome to our Project – A Couple Of Happy Places

When traveling and blogging we're essentially following the purpose to inspire others with our stories, so they're motivated and encouraged to make a step out of their comfort zones themselves. We animate them to tackle the New, the Unknown, the Unexpected. We challenge them to go on an adventure and make unforgettable memories. Where are you from? I'm from the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Where did you find our letter of happiness? I found your letter in an abandoned ruined building. Where you traveling when you found our letter? No, i wasn't traveling, I was just exploring with my friend. What was your first reaction when you discovered the letter? I was so happy, cuz we had a bad exploring day and this made our day :) Have you been traveling recently? If yes, where to? No, … (Continue reading)

Cambodia: Expectation versus Reality

To explore a new place often goes along with some kind of expectations cooked by many different ingredients. The main ingredients for expectations are objective research on the one hand and on the other hand subjective experiences shared by friends, strangers or online. Expectations have two sides. Create hope and encouragement are the good parts whereas a lack of facing the reality belongs to the not so tasty ingredients. The moment we set foot in another country is the moment of truth. All the information and third hand experience which we googled or got told before, will be proved right or wrong by ourselves. In this month we had a closer look at Cambodia, a country we still don't know for sure what to think about it. Maybe … (Continue reading)

Budget Travel Guide: Philippines, Siquijor island

Siquijor (pronounced sicky whore), also known as the Island of Fire is a fascinating destination that shouldn't be missed when traveling the popular Visayas region (Bohol, Dumaguete, Negros) in the Philippines. There are several ways to access Siquijor by all the ports of the surrounding main islands. Once you're in the Philippines you'll see how easy it is to jump from island to island. Siquijor is the third smallest province of the Philippines, thus perfect for a motorbike roadtrip. The best thing about small islands is that you can explore them within a few days. We drove around the island starting at San Juan, so our list follows the main route around the island. It's a roadtrip of about 90 kilometers. It can be easily done in 2 … (Continue reading)

A Balinese “baby shower” – Ceremony for the Baby 42 Days after Birth

Religion is very much integrated in Balinese society. In no other country in the world than in Indonesia so many religions live side by side. All the world's major religions are represented – some more than others: Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims celebrate and pray daily in churches, temples and mosques. Space for prayer and meditation can be found anywhere in Bali. Prayers and rituals are practiced early in the morning. There is no need for an alarm clock for those who live next to a temple or a mosque. Although such a parade can be annoying to late risers, it can be a powerful new day call to others. Sometimes you can hear beautiful melodies, which can make it easier to get up in the morning. At … (Continue reading)

What happened to our 10 hopes after we hit the road?

We finally arrived in Germany after 9 days of hitting more than 2000 km of road, spending 200 hours under the open sky, going through climate changes from sweating to freezing, from beach towel weather to heavy rainfalls, sharing our stories with 26 drivers and that in four different languages. It was our first hitchhiking experience together on such a long distance from Portugal to Germany. In our journal we kept a record of our days on the road, the people we met, the stories of our drivers, the stories of the road and finally the hitchhiking spirit. We had good days and bad days. Good weather and bad weather. Sometimes it was a breeze to find a ride. Sometimes hard work. There were moments of pure happiness when we felt … (Continue reading)

Hitchhiking Europe: Our Tough Journey from Portugal to Germany

It was probably the coldest night so far. The outside of the tent was all wet. We went inside the petrol station to warm up and walked outside to get a ride. It probably took less than 5 minutes to get a ride. We got out at a petrol station. It took a bit longer here but finally some guys passed us, then drove back and offered us a ride. It was a small car with three people listening to weird French and Arab rap music. They drove us to a tollbooth near a place called Dole. It was yet another place with very little traffic but somehow we got another ride in just a few minutes. A musician and his wife were on their … (Continue reading)

If you have Just One Day in Lisbon – How would your Itinerary look?

Portugal is one of the world's most visited places. Especially the beaches around the Algarve are loved by the backpackers. You'll even see a lot of hitchhikers when you drive on the highways. The summers in the Algarve are unique. It's this special travel spirit very hard to describe with words if you haven't experienced it yourself. Most of the travelers who come to explore Portugal, mainly arrive at the airport in Lisbon. It's not only a good starting point to take a train to Faro or rent a car to cruise around Portugal, Lisbon itself is a fascinating city. If you are planning to travel Portugal and pass Lisbon on the way or if you're there just for a city trip, keep a clear agenda … (Continue reading)

30 Reasons Why We Travel

Have you ever asked yourself the question why you travel or why people travel in general? Many times it is the bad things, we experienced in our lives which put us on the road. When we decide to take a break and travel, plenty people tend to say that we're running away from our problems. In the first moment they might be right. The impulse to escape from everything that is connected to the problem prevails most often: our home, job, family, friends, duties. Everything gets too much suddenly. It is a panic reaction and we chose to travel as a last resort. The further the destination the better, we think. While time passes and the past stops to bother us at some point, we realize that it's not the … (Continue reading)

Wanderlust Gene DRD4-7R Decoded – Discoverers are Dreamers for 7 Reasons

According to scientists, the lifetime urge to travel the world is stored in a gene. Taken the formula for the gene by decoding each letter and number, here is what DRD4-7R really stands for: DRD4-7R = Discoverers are Dreamers 4 (for) 7 Reasons Then you have to take your dream and make it happen. 2. Dreams can drive you beyond borders To achieve your dream, you're willing to do everything what is necessary. Write 10 pages every day, practice painting, learn new skills that your dream job demands, inform yourself about volunteering, talk to the guy next door, book the flight, visit the neighboring city and have a look for new opportunities. In the end you won't know, how you made it, but the fact that you made it will give you … (Continue reading)