Authentic Cuisine and Culture at Dubrovnik’s Good Food Festival (VIDEO)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: October is my favorite time in Dubrovnik. The crowds begin to die down, the weather is sunny with a nice breeze, and I still consider it warm enough for swimming. If that’s not enough to visit during this month, now there’s one more reason: Dubrovnik’s Good Food Festival.

For the last four years, this four-day event has been drawing in a combination of locals and hungry foodies from around the world. I’d say that this year was the best festival yet. Read more

Mljet: The Island with Croatia’s Best Nature [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

Voted the Croatian island with the best nature by Lonely Planet, Mljet is the place to go when you want to leave it all behind and get lost in Dalmatia’s purest nature.

The island’s beauty draws in a mixture of locals and tourists from around the world, and sets an example for excellent conservation efforts. Not to mention, you’ll also find some of Croatia’s best seafood here too.

Here’s an insider’s guide to Mljet, Croatia’s ultimate eco escape.

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5 Tourist Traps to Avoid in Croatia

(This article was originally published in Croatia Week Magazine.)

In a matter of a few years, Croatia has transformed from Europe’s hidden gem to Europe’s hottest holiday destination. With spotless beaches along the Adriatic, national parks full of waterfalls, and charming cobble-stoned cities, it’s unlikely that Croatia will fall off the radar anytime soon.

However, just like in any other popular destination, the rise in visitors is a ripe opportunity for some tourist traps to flourish. As an American who’s lived in Croatia for over a year, I’ve seen this first hand.

Here are 5 of the biggest tourist traps you’ll want to avoid for a more authentic Croatian holiday. Read more

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Dubrovnik

Drum roll please… I’m about the drop the ultimate knowledge bomb full of insider travel tips to one of the world’s trendiest destinations: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Trust me when I say you won’t find these tips in any Lonely Planet Guide or one of the various “36 hour travel guides” on Pinterest.

Why? Because I didn’t just visit Dubrovnik; I lived there. I first came to study abroad, then fell in love, literally, with a local. I then returned to live for another 6 months. I’m one of the lucky few Americans that actually were immersed in the culture and Dubrovnik mentality.

No tourist traps. No sponsorships. Only my genuine tips (and a few of my boyfriend’s recommendations too) about a destination that turned into my second home:

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The Reverse Culture Shock After Leaving Croatia

Here is a piece I wrote for Croatia Week Magazine. Within only a short few days the piece was picked up, translated, and shared across across several major Croatian news sites, gaining both positive and some negative feedback. What do you think?

“I never realized how much living in Croatia changed me until I left. I lived in Croatia for about a year in total, first studying abroad in Dubrovnik, and then coming back to stay with my Croatian boyfriend.

But it seems every time I leave, I take a bigger part of Croatia with me, which has led to a collision between American and Croatian culture. To say that I’ve experienced reverse culture shock would be an understatement. Read more