Croatia, hike in Omis
Travel inspiration

What kind of traveller are you?

  • I am a budget traveller.
  • I am not afraid to travel alone.
  • I am a woman hitch-hiker.
  • I love nature and hiking.
  • I like to get lost in a new city.
  • I rarely buy souvenirs.
  • I collect travel notes.
  • I try the local food.
  • I make new friends.

My favourite quotes

All of this reflects in my travel stories. You don´t need a lot of money to travel, on the contrary – you gain even more by spending less. You learn more by connecting and staying with the locals, by  hitch-hiking. There is certainly more risk, but that´s a part of the game, right? I want to encourage people to travel this way – it will teach you much more than any guide book. For example, when I travelled around Spain and Portugal, I stayed with 18 hosts. If I had stayed in a hostel, I would have paid at least 300 eur more (around 20 nights x 15 eur per night), instead I spent this money in extra two weeks of travelling, 5 more cities and bunch of unforgettable memories! It is the practical point I am making that suits well for young budget travellers, like me. 🙂


Have you heard this concept before? It´s an adventure that you squeeze in the weekend or at end of the day. This guy,  Alastair Humphreys, wrote a book about is, which I haven´t read yet but it´s in my reading list. He became famous after travelling by bike through Africa during 4 years and writing a book! Awesome, isn´t it? Now it´s his profession – expeditions, travelling, writing, guiding other adventure seekers.
A famous author and adventurer has written a book called Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes that explains the micro adventure concept.

Whether it’s sleeping on a hilltop or going for a wild swim, cycling a lap of the Isle of Wight or walking home for Christmas, it’s time you discovered something new about yourself and the world outside your window. Adventure is everywhere, every day and it is up to us to find it.

/Alastair Humphreys/

What kind of traveller are you?

What is your strategy to travel more and take the most from your trip?

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  • floatinggold

    When I was a kid, travelling was all about souvenirs and postcards. It was like I HAD TO send a postcard to all my classmates to prove I went where I said I was going. And of course, everyone expected a souvenir.
    And while people still expect “a little something”, it does not feel like I HAVE TO. And I rarely choose to. Maybe for a select few, and just small things. Nothing too fancy. Because I am too busy actually breathing in the new world I find myself in. I don’t want to spend my precious time there bumping shoulders with other foreigners, figuring out if someone will be pleased with what I get them.

    • Kristine Balta

      Totally.. I only bring something if people know what they want. About the postcards… I used to get one and send to my parents each time I visited new place. Now I buy some from time to time. But since I became better in photography and started urban sketching, I have material to transform into travel souvenirs on my own and original! See my Instagram @kristine_sketchbook I have there some of them posted already. Also in behance 🙂

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