Couchsurfing Experiences and Tips

On a cold evening in February 2009, I was trying to waste some time without internet at my grandparents’ house. I had three choices that night: vampire-themed fantasy romance novel New Moon, TV or a new magazine titled Joy I found in my mailbox earlier that day. I chose the third option and enthusiastically began to read the fashion magazine, which was nothing special, but one article caught my attention. It was on a new phenomenon called couchsurfing (also referred to as CS). The following day, when back at home, I curiously typed the URL address listed into a browser. You had to register to see more than a homepage, something that hasn’t changed til this day. I didn’t do it, but I cut the article out of the magazine and put it into a secret folder I owned.

It was only in 2013 that I decided to make a step forward and register. I still knew nobody who was using it, but more and more people were aware of it. Two years later, I had my first CS experience and it was wonderful. No, let me rephrase that: it was so good that I no longer wanted to travel any other way.

What is couchsurfing?
It is the world’s largest social travel network. Founded in 2003, it has a very simple concept. Many people have a couch in a living room that a stranger could crash on. This website lets you offer yours to a fellow traveller. What you get in return is a new friend and some company. Read More

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24 Hours In Wintery Zagreb

Nothing says Christmas like the smell of baked goods and a stroll through a Christmas market. Preferably with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate in one hand and cinnamon donuts in other. In December, we decided to check why has Zagreb been chosen as the best Christmas market the second consecutive year.

24 Hours In Wintery Zagreb | The Cheerful Wanderer

We headed to Croatia on December 23 and stayed there for one night. Not much, but enough to see a glimpse of Croatia’s capital city while getting into a Christmas spirit. Read More

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Travel Goals for 2017 (and Recap on 2016)

Setting goals has always helped me to work harder towards achieving them. While I am often too ambitious and fail to complete the whole list, I’m also very competitive and in this case the competition is between me and myself. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as crossing a task off your list, don’t you agree?

Slap Virje, Slovenia

Slap Virje, Slovenia

Last year, when starting the blog, I published a very optimistic post titled 16 Travel Goals For 2016. I remember how my boyfriend told me it was going to be hard to achieve all, but I think the final result is surprisingly good. Read More

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Off the Beaten Path: 8 Unique Things to do in Paris

In Paris you’ll never be short of things to see and do. For the first time visitor, there are plenty of informative guides on a well-worn tourist trail to follow, covering all the major attractions. But what if you’ve already been there or you just want to escape the hoards and explore the more eccentric side of Paris off the beaten path?

Here’s a list of my top eight things to do in the capital city of France.

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PEPI Studios: Charming boutique hotel with a personal touch (Review)

Pepi Studios is a very-high rated boutique hotel in Crete’s best kept secret – the town of Rethymnon. I was delighted to learn on arrival that it’s built within a charming old Venetian building, the history of which goes to the early years of 20th century. From private school to material shop, 1985 was the year when the building was first transformed into small apartments. Later on, the hard-working family took over and opened a charming boutique hotel.

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