I'm a traveler who writes and a writer who travels. I travel to make a living, I write to travel, I live to take the next trip... Born in Zagreb, Croatia and based in New York since 1999, I've lived, worked and traveled on all the continents, except Antarctica.
As a travel writer, one of the questions I get asked all the time is: "What is your favorite country?"
A couple of days ago, in the town of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, I went out one evening to visit a Buddhist wat for a chat with the monks and some guided meditation. I got out of my tuk tuk on a quiet street of what looked like a one-street village,"
I walked away from my recent trip to South Africa emotional, contemplative, quiet. While my first ever safari experience, in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, was one of the most adrenaline-filled fun jaunts of my worldwide travels, what really touched me – more th"
I've wandered many markets of the world – strolled through the souks of Morocco, roamed the rickety stalls of Phnom Penh's Russian Market and shopped for talismans at the Witches' Market in Bolivia's La Paz."
It's always exciting to revisit the motherland and discover new things about my country. For someone born and raised there, the challenge always is how to see it from a tourist's perspective."
Last week I blogged about my recent visit to Brussels, themed around chocolate and art. In the days following that post, I was exposed to even more art."
I've been in Brussels the last two days, on an art and chocolate-themed trip. Here, the highlights of my sojourn."
I woke up at 7 this morning to the sound of ocean waves right outside my panoramic windows."
Back in November, I spent three days on a whirlwind trip to Paris. I was covering the inaugural Air France A380 flight from JFK to Paris and, when not airborne, had just a little time to savor the City of Lights."
I arrived in Cartagena de Indias on my birthday."
On a recent trip to Arizona, hosted by the Greater Phoenix CVB, I had my first encounter with the Grand Canyon."
It's been an intense week in Colombia. I am writing this from Cartagena, a magical town on the country's Caribbean coast. On my Sunday afternoon stroll here, I felt like I've stumbled into a Gabriel García Márquez novel."
Yesterday was a sunny Sunday so my man and I decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. This iconic stroll is among my favorite New York City activities"
I just returned from a weeklong journey around Israel. The highlights of the trip are many. While I'm sorting out my impressions – intense on several levels – I thought I'd post some photos from my wanderings around the markets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem."
I spent five days visiting friends in Berlin last week and walked away from the German capital with a conclusion: If I were to move back to the old continent, Berlin would be my city of choice. It's definitely, methinks, the coolest capital in Europe. Thi"
Bora Bora's still on my mind. Words fail to describe the ultimate tropical beauty of this South Seas hideaway so here are a few photos to illustrate."
As soon as I arrived to Croatia in July, I dug out my precious Bosnian connections. In just a couple of days, I had a whole rafting trip arranged for a group of five: yours truly and four high school-era friends from Zagreb."
Last week I made an overnight visit to Ljubljana, the small and delightful capital of Slovenia. An easy 2.5-hour train ride away from Zagreb, my base at the moment, it offered a nice city break. My reasons for the trip were of personal nature but I manage"
It's summertime in Croatia, the most popular time to visit one of the hippest countries in Europe. It's so fashionable, in fact, that I typically try to escape the crowds and trendy locales and head to places out of the way."
I just returned from a three-day getaway in Istria with a friend and her four-year-old daughter. We based ourselves in Rovinj, known as the peninsula's most beautiful seaside town."
Exactly a week has passed since I arrived to the island of Korčula in the southern Adriatic"
A week ago, I returned (sans swine flu) from a five-day stay at the newly opened Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico, the first North American property of this Singapore-based hotel chain."
I've got Morocco running around my mind today, thoughts harking back to my trip back in 2003. It could be the hot spring air coming from the streets of Brooklyn into my sun-drenched apartment."
It was in dusty Vientiane – perhaps the most provincial of all the capitals I've seen – that we hooked up with a friend of mine from New York who was backpacking around southeast Asia."
The supposed job of a travel writer is to tell stories of travel, to bring faraway journeys close to home, to capture experiences in a vivid way."
How does one sum up one lone day in a city you never visited before? A tough task."
In the winter of 2006, I visited the island of St Lucia in the West Indies. Today, as I watched the colorful sunset from my Brooklyn apartment, an evening on a terrace in St Lucia came to me."
Among a variety of things I loved about my five-day visit to Barbados, a highlight stands out..."
The moment I walked into the courtyard of the Cardozo Velasquez family house, I knew I found that special place I was looking for."
I love to eat at African restaurants so I thought I'd tell you about a couple of my New York favorites."
In the winter of 2007, I spent three months living in Buenos Aires. However much I love that city, one of the fondest memories of my South American sojourn was a trip to Cabo Polonio, a magical village on the eastern coast of Uruguay."
This time, it was Todos Santos, a magical little town about 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, a place that a Los Angeles-based friend of mine had raved about. What I heard was - artsy vibe, laid-back energy and great surfing waves. And all was true."
Patagonia has been on my mind the last couple of days. Perhaps it was sparked by the email I received from a friend requesting travel tips..."
In recent months, I've received a number of emails from friends and friends of friends looking for advice on honeymooning in Croatia..."