Meet the Unofficial Traveler

Traveling has always been an important part of my life. It was something my family did a lot while I was growing up. Normally our travels were to see relatives throughout the southeast and east coast. I imagine it was during my younger years of visiting family in new places that sparked my interest in travel….Read More

Adventures in Egypt

Don’t miss the amazing photo gallery at the end of this post, packed with photos from my trip to Egypt. Egypt is an amazing place. Once a cradle of dynasties along the Nile, it’s home to some of the most ancient history in the world. Cairo Cairo doesn’t look as modern as you’d expect for…Read More

Visiting Cyprus Island

The island of Cyprus is one of eighteen islands that contain territories of multiple countries. According to Wikipedia: The Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west and comprising about 59% of the island’s area, and the…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 7, Plitvice Lakes National Park

I didn’t know such beautiful places existed in the world. Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia has some of the most magnanimous combinations of waterfalls and lagoons I have ever seen, including places viewed on TV. Plitvice Lakes National Park The waterfall system at Plitvice Lakes National Park has a grand waterfall, and you have…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 6, Krka National Park

I love waterfalls and lagoons and travel the world to see them. Have I seen them all? No, but have I seen movies and videos of tons of them? Yes.  Krka National Park takes the cake for me. The Krka waterfall system is unique in that there are two large waterfalls that you can view…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 5, Groznjan, Motovun, and Hum

Groznjan, Motovun, and Hum have great mountain views and small gardens and quiet cobblestone streets. You can sit outside and have coffee at one of the cafes right on the edge of the wall in Motovun and just enjoy leisure conversations and read about the history of why the Italian language is priority spoken in…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 3, Kayaking

I’m excited to share my adventurous kayaking experience in Croatia; the blue caves off the coast of Pula are fascinating! I booked this excursion for two specific reasons: I’d never been kayaking before, and I’d never been to an ocean cave, let alone gone cliff diving. Man, did this excursion deliver one of the most…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 2, Villages and Waterfalls

Groznjan, Motovun and Hum During my kayaking tour (which is a story of its own), I ended up befriending my guide, who recommended I visit three small (and I mean very small) villages in the mountains of Croatia called Groznjan, Motovun, and Hum. Many local Croatians and Italians often take day trips out to Groznjan…Read More

Speaking of Croatia: Part 1, Pula

This is part one in a series of travel journals about my awe-inspiring trip to Croatia. “Mark this down, Jonathan. You will need this for your blog,” I told myself. I sat there in stunned amazement at all my eyes beheld. Never before had I been able to breathe in a place, a history, a…Read More

Enjoying Bratislava, Slovakia

If you don’t drop in for a visit to Bratislava, which is close to Vienna, you’re going to miss another hidden gem of Europe that does not get enough attention in my opinion. On the drive to Bratislava, you will see the environment is a pure wonder of beauty. The Danube river and vineyards are…Read More

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