2018 in Review

Hey Guys, long time no blog, somehow life keeps passing and my days just seem to get busier and busier. BUT Happy New Year guys. I hope 2019 brings you absolutely everything you want out of it. My year has started with some severely bad sunburn all because I thought I was tougher than the sun and decided to not put sunscreen on the back of my legs, which incidentally is the worst place to get burnt because I can barely bend my knees but is okay, I’ll survive.

Anyway, I thought that getting back into my blog by writing a new post all about my year and what happened and just generally looking back and reflecting.

The year started with my parents coming to visit Lachy and I in London, and we spent 10 days at my uncle’s place in the Cotswolds, before heading to the Lake District for Easter. Making the mistake of driving up Good Friday with every other person in London apparently and what was meant to be a 3-hour drive ended up taking double that.

Following my parent’s visit, it was nearly time for Lachy and I to pack up our lives and start our journey home but before heading back to Australia we had our 2.5 month trip around Europe to embark on. I have written a few posts on some places that we went and reviews on some of the tours we did and airlines we flew on which I will link at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in reading them. I had some stand out places from this trip namely being Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Nice/South of France and Portugal. We had such an amazing time to

After our trip ended we headed back to my hometown Adelaide and spent 10 days with my family and just relaxing before heading home to Perth and back to reality.  It was so lovely to be able to spend some quality time with my whole family after being away for 2 years and Lachy got a chance to finally meet my dad and everyone which was lovely.

Heading back to Perth meant the start of a new job, new degree and living with Lachy’s parents. Everything has been pretty steady since then, work, uni, life etc.. However, we did head to Melbourne for the AFL grand final which saw Lachy’s beloved West Coast Eagles win the grand final, post-grand final we headed to Fiji for a friends wedding, where we spent 10 days relaxing and living our best life, it was amazing. During this trip, we headed home via Brisbane to see Lachy’s brother, his wife and meet their lil bubba, who was born in May. We spent a week there and meeting this lil baby and looking after him and seeing Lachy feed him and play with him sent my ovaries into overdrive and I am literally like the luckiest person right now and all I want is a lil baby.

Post Fiji literally saw life go back to work and uni and nothing exciting, I managed to pass all my exams (even my maths unit winning) and pass all my classes yay! Coming to the middle of December I went back to Adelaide and visit my family again, even had some early Christmas celebrations which was lovely since I haven’t been home around Christmas time since 2014.

And that essentially brings us up to today, we had a really chilled New Years Eve at home, we made a nice dinner (beef wellington and creme brulee), had a super nice bottle of wine and just hung out, it was almost perfect, the only thing ruin it was Lachys parents being home, I honestly can not wait to be in our own house (not that there’s anything wrong with his parents and it’s super kind of them to let us live here, and they’re absolutely lovely people, I just want my own space).

I hope you all had an amazing year and hopefully, 2019 see’s me actually spending more time on my blog.

 

Update!

Hey guys!

I know, I know I haven’t posted in a couple of months I’m sorry! But also how has it been a couple of months? Where has the time gone? But I’ve missed you all so much and this lovely community ❤️

Basically I’ve been so busy with uni and work and life that I’ve struggled to find the motivation to sit and write anything basically! But here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few months!

Things have been great and I’ve been on my first uni teaching placement which was so amazing and I honestly enjoyed it so much and can’t wait for the next 4 years of uni to be over so I can get into a career I actually enjoy!

We’ve also put our names down with a breeder for an Airedale puppy which I’m so excited and if you guys don’t know what sort of dog airedales are have a look they’re so cute! Omg! The breeder isn’t planning for any litters until mid next year, which actually works out so perfect for us because we should’ve been back in our house a for little bit and be more settled and able to give this little puppy all the love and affection it deserves!

We leave for Fiji in just under two weeks, I’m so excited, I’ve so realised how blessed I was in London to be travelling at least once a month and getting away! I don’t know what I’m gonna do after Fiji when I actually have no idea when our next holiday is! But keep posted for updates on that!

And yeah that’s essentially what’s been going on, spending my weekends walking the dog at the beach, enjoying the sunshine and boosting my vitamin D levels after two years in the UK!

Love you all and I promise I’ll be posting more regularly hahah!

What’s In My Carry On – Long Haul Flight…

Alright guys,  were at that time, its time for me to head back to Australia! Which is all very exciting, but does require 22 hours of flying!

I use the same carry on bag no matter how long the flight I am taking is, I just find its the perfect size, you can fit everything in it without putting too much in it if that makes any sense. I like using a backpack as my carry on instead of a smaller luggage bag or handbag purely because is so much easier to walk through a crowded airport with and it leaves you with both of your hands free.

I like to keep things in my carry on that I really couldn’t afford to lose or go without if, for example, my checked luggage went missing. I also like to take things that will obviously make the flight a lot more pleasant and enjoyable!

Whats in my bag:

  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Charging cables for electronics
  • Kindle/Book (I have been travelling with a Kindle lately just because it’s so much easier space wise)
  • Passport
  • Chewing gum/mints
  • A change of clothes! (I always like to dress comfortably getting on to a flight, so I’ll always pack something more presentable to change into before landing)
  • Skincare (Nothing like recycled plane air to dry your skin out):
    – Makeup wipes (I take either the Simple Quick Fix wipes or Neutrogena)
    – Hydrating sheet masks (sheet masks are great because they don’t require you to wash them off)
    – Brightening eye masks or a caffeinated eye serum ( none likes landing and looking like a zombie!)
    – Hand Cream
    – Lip Balm
    – Hand Sanitizer
    – Concealer + pressed powder ( I am not someone who feels comfortable travelling for long hours with a face of makeup so I tend to go barefaced and add just a little concealer and pressed powder before landing to make myself look a little more human)
    – Deodorant!
  • My own water bottle (ask an air steward to fill it up and I find it easier to stay hydrated!)
  • A pen! (I seem to always have one but they’re super handy on flights just in case you need to fill in any paperwork)
  • Painkillers (in case I start to feel a headache coming on)
  • Comfy socks
  • Headphones – I like to have both over-ear headphones for just general listening but I do find them quite uncomfortable to sleep in so I always have a pair of in-ear headphones (generally just the earphones that come with my iPhone)
  • Neck Pillow

And that is essentially what I have packed in my carry on for a long haul flight!

 

If you’re only fly a short haul flight then check out my post on What’s in My Carry On – Short Haul Flights!

A-Z About Me!

Hey Guys!

Just quickly, this week is a super busy week for me, we’ve got 3 flights at the end of the week, 2 of which are long haul (heading back to Aus omg) and so I have a couple of quick posts going up this week but hopefully should be back to posting better quality content next week!

Anyway, I saw Steph from Steff’s Journey do this and I loved reading hers and thought it was such a good idea so I wanted to do one myself!

A  is for adventure, I love going away and travelling and any new adventures!

B is for Breakfast at Tiffany’s which is my all time favourite movie!

C is for coffee, I literally live for coffee, honestly can’t begin to human and function until I’ve had my coffee.

D is for dogs, I love dogs, I can’t wait to get back to Aus and into our own house so we can get a puppy

E is for eating, I honestly love eating, food is life

F is for friendship, friends are so important to me, I’ve spent the last two year’s away from my closest friends and it has been really hard on me.

G is for gin, gin is love, gin is life.

H is for home, I am so excited for my boyfriend and I to move back into our house and to be able to decorate and just have our own space. One year until we can.

I is for Italy, my all time favourite country, I could spend forever in Italy.

J is for Jodi Picolt, who is the author of one of my favourite books “The Tenth Circle”

K is for KFC, which is my favourite fast food chain oops

L is for Lachlan, which is my boyfriend and one of the most amazing human beings.

M is for my mum, who has literally done so much for me and is such a strong and inspiring woman, I am so lucky to have her.

N is for New York, probably my most dreamed about holiday destination.

O is for Organisation, because nothing makes me happier than being organised, having a place for everything.

P is for planning, my other hobby I suppose.. I love planners, and also the whole planning community, everything is so pretty and neat and organised and it makes me happy.

Q is for quiz nights, I love going to quiz nights at pubs, it’s honestly so much fun and I’m super competitive.

R is for reading! I love reading, sitting down to relax and delve into a whole different world.

S is for sunflowers, which are literally my favourite flowers.

T is for tattoos, I have 3 ( a love heart which my friend drew, an arrow which my other friend tattooed on me and a little cute sun!) and plans to get two more (a little wine glass on my ankle and a sunflower on my thighs to cover my self-harm scars)

U is for university, I am going back to uni at the end of July after being away for 2 years, I am so excited!

V is for Video Killed the Radio Star – because what the hell starts with V and it’s a solid song

W is for whales, which are actually my favourite animals! I literally love them, they make me so happy.

X is for xylophone, again what starts with x – I did learn this in school so I guess like I’ve played this before.

Y is for yellow, which is my favourite colour, probably has something to do with sunflowers being my fave flower hahah

Z is for Zebra, which is my second favourite African animal – the Giraffe is better but again I needed something for Z! hahahah

Umm so this was harder than I thought it would be oops..

23 Things I’ve Learnt in 23 Years.

Hey Guys!

Today is my 23rd birthday, kind of relishing in the fact it’s my 23rd birthday on the 23rd date, oh and you know, I’m also in Barcelona! Well I mean technically I’m on my way from Barcelona to Sevillie but, anyway, I’m in Spain. I wanted to do a special post today, 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years! Here goes!

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes, even huge monumental, life-changing ones! I’ve made so many huge mistakes in my life, but I honestly would not be in the relationship I am, with the life that I have, if I hadn’t made those mistakes!
  2. Don’t take your friendships for granted. I spent the last two years on the other side of the world to all my friends but one and it has been so hard not having those friends close by. Probably the hardest thing about living in London.
  3. No relationship is perfect! Relationships are work, you have to constantly communicate and the moment you stop talking things go wrong.
  4. Travel as much as you can!
  5. Take risks, it’s okay if things don’t work out 100% like you wanted!
  6. Eat what you want and be happy, your self-worth isn’t based on a number on a scale as long as you’re healthy and happy that’s all that matters.
  7. Love wholeheartedly, don’t be scared of getting hurt.
  8. You don’t have to be friends with someone who you don’t want to.
  9. Always stop to appreciate the beauty around you – literally stop to smell the flowers, stare at the sky, enjoy nature it’s beautiful
  10. Drink water, all of the water
  11. A good skincare routine will change your life
  12. Invest in good olive oil, it’ll change your life
  13. Avoid touristy areas when travelling when eating, stick to side streets and away from the centre, the food will be better and cheaper!
  14. Always be nice to the people serving you
  15. Never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy
  16. Set a budget for your travels and then add another couple of thousand, enjoy your holiday and indulge, so you’re left with no regrets – but don’t put it on credit always have the cash in hand!
  17. Appreciate your parents, they worked so hard to give you everything in life.
  18. Always work your hardest, even if you hate your job, you never know when you’re gonna need to ask something of an old boss or colleague!
  19. Alway’s say thank you – manners are so important
  20. Take all the photos, ask for people to take photos of you, take selfies! Memories are everything!
  21. Planning is important, but also life changes unexpectedly – one moment you could be planning to finish uni and apply for medical school and the next minute you’re moving overseas for two years, things change, embrace it!
  22.  If you don’t want to drink on a night out, don’t
  23. Live your life exactly how you want! It’s your life don’t let someone else dictate how you live your own life!

It’s My Blogs FIRST Birthday!

So here’s how much I was paying attention, I swore this was next month, but no I was wrong it’s now, which means it has been a year since I decided to start this baby up!

I guess I wanted to make this post about what blogging has taught me after a year and how I feel about it, how my blog has changed and progressed and yeah. I guess, honestly for the first 10 months of this blog I was very inconsistent, I didn’t post regularly and it wasn’t something I made time for, but after a rather long train journey over Easter long weekend, I sat there a I thought about what I wanted from it, if I wanted to continue and what direction I wanted this blog to be.  At that point I was really only writing travel related stuff but I was looking ahead into the furture and while yes now I am travelling and have been for 6 weeks, eventually, once I’m back in Aus I’m going to run out of content and to be honest, I didn’t want this to just be a travel blog even though that’s why I started this. When I started it, I really only had the intentions of this being for my Mum and my Grandparents to read so they could keep up with our adventures, but as I thought more and more about it, I wanted this to become something else. So on that train journey, I made the decision to do a 30 Day Blogging Challenge  and if I kept up with that, and if I enjoyed it then I would make the move to blogging about my life, what products I enjoy and just general lifetsyle topics. Once I started that I realised how much more motivated I was to come on here and how much I enjoyed it. I started joining groups on Facebook, I even created a Twitter account (which isn’t something I’ve had since my hardcore 1D fan days in 2012) and I’ve even found myself in an amazing Whatsapp group with a whole heap of super amazing and helpful bloggers!

I’ve found myslef learning new skills, learning how to use photoshop, actually taking my camera out and wanting to photograph things, I want to create content that people want to read and that people find useful or motivating or just enjoy. I wanted to create a space where people could feel like they could come and someone would understand, and I’m not scared to write about my anxiety or anything else I have going on in life because I want others to know they’re not alone, and yes, while right now, my blog is essenitally all travel posts, that’s because I am away, I am travelling and that’s what’s going on in my life right now, when I get back to Aus and I am back at uni, it’s probably going to change a little bit but thats okay because it’s my blog.

I keep reading so many things online and they all say “in order to have a successful blog you need to find your neiche, you need to have one thing” and for so long I believed that, but and I think this is the most important thing I’ve learnt, is that it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. I think when it comes to bloggin you get what you put in, the more effort, the more hours you spend, the more you’ll get back but in the end unless you’re trying to make a living from it, numbers and just number and you can get so much more from it than that, you can find yourself in such an amazing community full of people and so far I think that’s what my favourite thing about blogging is.

So happy first birthday to this little baby of mine! Let’s see what the next year of being together holds!

 

May Monthly Faves!

Hi guys! I’m back again for another monthly faves post! This month I don’t have much to talk about because I’m currently travelling and so I’m not using really anything new or that I haven’t talked about before, but I do have some things! You’ll also have to excuse the lighting in the photos, they’re quick ones I’ve snapped on my phone!

Skincare

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo – This is actually my second bottle of it this month, I started off with the tropical scented one and I liked that one more, but they’re exactly the same and my current saving grace when it comes to my hair!
  • Original Source Body Lotion – so Lachy and I only ever use the body wash from this brand and I love them because they smell amazing, however, I’ve never used this body lotion before and it’s my new fave! It’s really the most hydrating lotion I have ever used, my legs/arms are honestly looking so much more hydrated from this and it works almost instantly. You’ll literally feel the difference as soon as the stuff dries into the skin, it’s amazing. The sad thing is, I’ve looked on Australian shopping websites and I’m not sure if I can get it there ahhhh someone send me a box of it please!
  •  Body Shop White Musk fragrance – this fragrance is light and summery and it’s exactly what I wanted for our holiday!
  • And lastly is the makeup bag I bought from Oliver Bonus – I love it, just think it’s adorable! It’s also huge so it fits all my skincare products and makeup brushes in there, super handy

Books

So I’ve had a lot of time to read this month which has been nice, but so far the two books I have loved the most are:

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman – This book will have you reading just to find out what happened to Eleanor. It takes you on a journey through her realising that having people in your life is okay and it really goes into the best and the worst of humankind. I loved this so much and was actually really sad to finish it,
  • A Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood – So this book has been made into a series which I haven’t seen but did make me want to pick it up and so when I saw it at the checkout of Daunt Books I just had to add it to my collection, and oh my does it have me captivated. I am yet to finish this book but it’s so interesting to read about a lifestyle that could very well be real but so different from the one I lead myself and these women who were used to living life the way we live today to be thrown into a new lifestyle where their worth in society is based entirely on their ability to have children. As soon as I finish this, I’m going to suss out the series!

And that my friends, is all I have for this months monthly faves. June’s monthly faves will probably be similar in what I have because I am still travelling, but all should return to normal in July when I am back in Australia!

 

 

Topdeck – Dubrovnik Dreams Review

Rightio Guys,

I’ve been MIA for a little while and that’s because I’ve been sailing the Adriatic Sea on a Topdeck tour. Lazing around in the sun, cruising island to island on one of the oldest boats still working in the Adriatic, Petrina, she is 130 years old, which is quite cool when you think about it.

Petrina

We were the first tour out for the season which meant we had weren’t a full boat and we did have three “shadow leaders” (essentially they were in training) on our boat, there were about 24 of us including the tour leader and shadow leaders. I honestly can’t imagine what those boats are like at the height of the season with like 35 people on board, it must be crazy.

Starting in Dubrovnik, the first island you head to is Mljet which you have the option to do a walk through the national park, we decided not to because we had already done Plitvice and Krka and Gemma said really it doesn’t compare to those so there’s no point. The town itself is quite small and not much to see so we headed round to a little cafe and grabbed ourselves a beer and just chilled out until it was time for dinner. The one thing I will say about this tour was the food, we were provided with breakfast and lunch every day (Inc in price) with the option of two onboard dinners at an additional cost of 150kn each (about £17ish) but the food was always amazing. The first night was just the onboard dinner and then a few drinks and drinking games not much else.

The second day we cruised into Markaska, which was just beautiful, we had a few hours of free time before heading out to dinner as a group to a restaurant called Riva – which obviously have some sort of deal with Topdeck as do most places they take you on the tour. The food was good, probably slightly overpriced for what it was but yeah. That night was the pirate party and let me start by saying this, I am not a partier, I could count the number of times I went out in the last two years on one hand, I much prefer drinking at a pub or at home or something and so Lachy and I lasted about half an hour before we ditched the clubs and went and got some food (a reoccurring theme throughout the week). However, the place we went to get food, honestly, the burger I had was the most amazingly fresh chicken burger and it was actually more enjoyable than the fancy dinner.

Markaska

Our next day had us sail into Omis briefly for a swim stop and so we could head out to our ziplining (an optional extra activity 400kn each). Don’t let the price put you off, it was definitely worth it, as someone who is terrified of heights I manned up and actually found myself volunteering to go first in my group, mostly to get it over with and after the initial shock of hurtling over nothing at 70-80km it was kind of nice,  I did find myself shaking as I got off the first line but really I got better over the next 7, Lachy and I even got to do one together which was really fun! After the zip lining, we got a bus to meet the boat which had now docked in Split. I think the group did a little walk around the city and had some drinks but Lachy and I chose to spend the afternoon/evening on our own exploring as we went and we ended up finding this amazing little family run restaurant called “Kod Sfinge Vaneuropske”. The Grandmother who owned the place was sitting outside when we came to look at the menu and she was so sweet we decided that we would eat here, the waitress, which I think was the granddaughter was so sweet and when we couldn’t decide on a starter she said we could get half serves of the ones we wanted so it wasn’t too much food and we could try everything! EVERYONE I mean everyone if you’re in Split it’s worth going here for just the truffle salami itself! That was amazing.

The next day we headed into Hvar which is another huge party night, I was calling it the Ios of Croatia and yeah that’s essentially what it is. We spent our afternoon walking up to the fortress for the view but to be honest I think the view as you’re pulling into the port on a boat is better. Hvar is also famous for its lavender fields, which means there is so much lavender throughout the place, they even have lavender gelato, it’s such a pretty colour and it tastes like I think the best way to describe it, is that it tastes like lavender smells.  Later in the afternoon we headed to Hula Hula bar which is a beachside bar where you can swim and whatnot, the drinks are kinda expensive, but also European free pour means that your mojito will be 90% rum and 10% everything else so like buy one and you’ll be drunk, as we all were when we left two hours later and headed to dinner! Later in the evening we all we to Kiva bar where we were provided with free shots (to be honest, everywhere Topdeck takes you you’ll most likely be given a free shot). Moving on to the next bar, which for the life of me I can’t remember the name of but they did do an amazing espresso martini, however, Lachy and I lasted one drink before ditching the group and heading back to the boat for bed.

The next day we headed to my favourite island, Korcula. It was absolutely beautiful and had the relaxed, chilled out vibe that we love. We sat in a cafe for 2 hours just looking at the crystal clear waters drinking coffee and just relaxing. That night we all went for a group dinner and had a traditional Croatian meal called Peka, which is a baked dish which can either be meat or seafood, we had a meat one with pork, chicken and veal, it was amazing, the meal also included a glass of wine or a beer which actually ended up making it quite a cheap dinner! That night everyone went out drinking but Lachy and I just ended up walking around the city, getting some gelato and just chilling on the beach because as I said we really don’t go out partying an awful lot and just wanted to chill out for a bit just the two of us.

The following day we headed to an even smaller island called Sipan, there really isn’t much there but a few restaurants, cafes and bars, so we spent our afternoon just hanging out at a cafe with an iced coffee because man it was hot! Before heading back to the boat for the Captains dinner, which was again, like all meals we had on the boat amazing, dinner was Pasticada, which is beef with gnocchi and it was delicious (you can also get this at the restaurant I mentioned above in Split, it looked amazing!) Sipan also provided one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen!

And now we’re on to the last day which we ended back in Dubrovnik! There were two optional extras for Dubrovnik which were sea kayaking or a Game of Thrones walking tour. We did the sea kayaking and yes it was really good, but oh my gosh I’ve never kayaked before and this was not easy. The kayaking went out and around an island and back it was 7.5km total and took us 3 hours, it’s been two days and my arms are still sore! Later in the evening, Gemma had organised a last group dinner, which she was kind enough to organise as an early dinner so Lachy and I could come because we actually had to be on our ferry that night which meant we were leaving earlier than everybody else.

Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik

Overall, I did enjoy the tour, this was my second sailing tour with Topdeck and it was interesting to see the difference between this one and the Greece one I did last year. I don’t think you’ll find me on another tour really ever again and there are a couple of reasons, one being, on this boat and same with Greece, the rooms had no air-conditioning, it was incredibly hard to sleep, like almost impossible. I even resorted to taking my super strong antihistamines, that literally knock me out for 10 hours just so I could get a decent nights sleep. Another reason is really the pressure to drink and go out, I don’t mind a drink but I’m just really not the going out and partying type, like drinking on the boat outside just chilling with some good music, but small clubs full of people just not for me.

Also a huge shoutout to our tour leader Gemma, she was honestly amazing and none of the pressure to party or anything came from her, she actually gave us recommendations of things to do instead when we said we were gonna pass on some of the nights out. She knew so much about every place we went to and put so much effort into making sure everyone was having a good time and just genuinely seemed to care.

The Anxiety of Self Promotion

Just a quick post today, about something I really struggle with and honestly any advice anyone has to deal with this would be amazing.

They say in order to create a successful blog you need to promote it, here’s the thing though what happens, if like me you have such high anxiety about what people would think. It’s almost like I don’t want people I know to know about this blog in case they judge me or they make fun of me or something along those lines. I mean though this anxiety extends further like I honestly struggle to do things like posting on facebook groups I am apart of, I am constantly worried about someone saying something or upsetting someone or being wrong that I just stay silent and lurk.

I watch people who can just constantly promote themselves with what seems like no issue, whereas I’ve had to create a separate Instagram and Twitter in order to promote myself, accounts that no one I know, knows about which means I am starting entirely from scratch on all social platforms, instead of being able to use the following I’ve already got. I know that blog growth isn’t the main goal and I don’t need 100s of readers, but I mean, I guess it would be nice if someone read it hahaha.

I feel like this blog has helped me get over a slight amount of anxiety when it comes to posting on facebook groups or on a public forum space and I love being able to sit down and post on here, I could just never post it somewhere people I know could easily find me.

How do you guys deal with this sort of anxiety? Do you guys even get this?

Plitvice National Park – A Must See When In Croatia…

When visiting this Unesco World Heritage site, and yes because it is on the world heritage list it is busy, prepare yourself for crowds, slow walkers and people who will take up an entire path just to take a photo, you may even be tempted to push them into the water for laughs (or maybe that’s just me), but do not let that put you off visiting this absolutely stunning piece of nature.

We took the bus from Zagreb, which was about 2.5 hours and we went early, leaving at 7:30 and arrive just before 10, the bus company was unorganised, to say the least, people were being swapped around buses etc but once we got going it was all good, the bus was clean and comfy and super easy, it dropped you off right at the front of entrance one into the waiting line to enter… To be honest, I think the later in the day you go the shorter the lines will be, just because most people get there early to give themselves time to walk the park, it just depends on how much time you want really. Entrance into the park was 150kn (£17ish) per person but that price does cover the electric ferry and the bus service they have within the park and so if you’ve bought your own food and water that’ll be the only money you shell out for the day.

There are 6 main walks each with a different walking time, depending on what entrance you start from and what you’re after from the park.
The walks starting from entrance 1 are as followed:

  • A (2-3h) is lower parts of the national park, only walking
  • B (3-4h) is the lower part of national park including sailing on lake Kozjak
  • C (4-6h) Walking, bus to upper parts of the national park and sailing on lake Kozjak
  • K (6-8h) Walking around the Whole national park.

And the walks from entrance 2 are as followed:

  • E (2-3h) Upper parts of the national park, only walking
  • F (3-4h) Like B tour. The only different starting point
  • H (4-6h) Like C tour. The only different starting point
  • K (6-8h) Walking around the whole national park.

We did walk C, which they recommend 4-6 hours from but really Lachy and I had finished it in just over 3 hours and we most definitely are not the fittest humans on this earth by any means, and this included a forced stop by me for food and coffee because I could definitely not handle a 3 hour walk uncaffinated and hungry. We had bought our own lunch but ended up buying a few things throughout the day, a couple of coffees, an ice cream each and some drinks but really other than the entrance fee we didn’t spend more than £10 the whole day…

Starting at entrance 1 you head immediately towards the big waterfall, let me tell you it was busy, there was a line curving around just to view the waterfall so we decided to skip it first up and come back if we had time (we did, it was much quieter at about 2pm).

 

As I said above your ticket includes the electric ferry that will take you from point 3 to point 2 or vice versa (depending on which entrance you take), you don’t need to take the ferry, you can walk the path but for people like me, the ferry was a welcome change. It was nice to sit and look around at the scenery, and if you can try and get a seat up the front for ultimate waterfall views, I, however, was one of the last people on the boat and so was stuck sitting in the middle of a row at the back 😦

Electric Ferry at Plitvice

As you walk around the park every few metres you come across a new waterfall, an incredible view or just something that will make you stop and appreciate how truly beautiful nature really can be, and as you get away from the shorter paths, the crowds get less and it gets quieter and you can actually hear the animals and breathe the fresh air and just enjoy it. The water is an absolutely incredible colour blue and ridiculously clear, honestly, it will make you want to jump right it, but don’t! Swimming is not allowed when at the park, which is slightly unfortunate because I can imagine on a hot day after walking for so long it’s all you’d wanna do!

 

As I said above we spent just over 3 hours walking. which left us with 3 hours to kill and so we went back and saw a few things we missed (like the big waterfall), hopped on the bus and rode it back to entrance one and then back again to entrance two. About 3pm it totally started pouring down with rain and so we took shelter in the little restaurant they had at entrance two and just killed time until it was time to get the bus back.

The journey back was about an hour longer than the journey there, we seemed to have gotten on a public bus that seemed to stop absolutely everywhere, which was a little annoying because by that point I just wanted dinner and to go to sleep, nevertheless, the trip out to Plitvice National Park was honestly amazing and something that you must do when coming to Croatia!