Welcome to The Mindful Mermaid travel & lifestyle blog!

My name is Alex, and I’m an American blogger and content creator who picked up and moved to Croatia after college. With both a passion for sustainability and travel, I believe that travel can be used as a force for good. 

My growing corner of the internet is where I share my FREE resources and experiences practicing responsible travel, conscious living, and global citizenship. 

It’s my mission to set an example that sustainable travel and living can be hip, instead of hippie. 

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A Local’s Guide to Camping in Dubrovnik

You don’t need to stay in luxury accommodation to experience the best of Dubrovnik, Croatia. In fact, camping in Dubrovnik may be the best ways to immerse in the region’s lush, seaside landscape for a fraction of the cost of any hotel or apartment. Pitching tent in...

The 15 Best Beaches in Dubrovnik, Croatia

For a fairly small town, Dubrovnik sure does have an abundance of beaches. Even though the Old Town gets packed with tourists in the summer months, there are surely enough seaside escapes to go around for everyone. And as an American expat in Dubrovnik, I can tell you...

The 4 in 1 Bag Perfect for Travel

After two years of living out of two suitcases in Europe, minimalism is both a value and a necessity for me. I’ve replaced impulse shopping with buying smart for my nomadic lifestyle. As a result, my mind and space feels a lot less cluttered. But while packing a...

Why You Should Opt for Secondhand Engagement Rings

Two years ago my Facebook newsfeed was filled with blurry Thirsty-Thursday snapshots. It has now transformed into a flurry of engagement announcements, barn-chic wedding albums, and #weddinghashtagsfordays. While we may be the generation to be a bit flashy on social...

7-Day Northern Italy Travel Itinerary

If you ask any Italian, they will tell you that there is a significant difference between Northern and Southern Italy. Southern Italy is best for seaside escapes and exploring the capital city of Rome. But Northern Italy is best for biking around the lake, indulging...

House of Nature Dubrovnik: Organic and Locally Sourced Skincare Products

In college, I became THAT girl with the collection of Paraben free lotions, organic body scrubs, and aluminum-free deodorants. But sadly, moving abroad to Europe took my skincare routine to the wayside. I must have spent hours in at Mueller, DM, and local pharmacies...

5 Ways to Minimize Your Carbon Footprint from Flying

(this article is a guest post by Emily Folk of Conservation Folks).  Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of even one person taking a flight? If you think about the fuel needed to get a plane in the air and the number of planes flying around the world...

Things to Do in Zermatt, Switzerland: a Winter and Summer Travel Guide

Guarded by the legendary Matterhorn, we stepped off the train into what appeared to be a snow-capped paradise. The Swiss town was filled with wooden houses, tiny cars and buses made exclusively for the narrow streets, and the sound of stomping ski boots from all...

Travel to Croatia With Me! (Croatia Group Trip October 2018)

While many consider Croatia a dream destination, I’m one of the lucky few foreigners that actually get to call this nature-haven home. Since I came here to study abroad in and later returned to live, I’ve gained insider knowledge of the entire Croatia region that you...

12 Offbeat Destinations in Europe

The truth is the offbeat destinations in Europe have culture, character, and charm that you simply just can’t find in tourism meccas like Paris or London.

responsible travel resources…

How Travel Bloggers Can Make a Positive Impact

How Travel Bloggers Can Make a Positive Impact

There has to be more to travel blogging than competing for the most drool-worthy Instragram shots in exotic destinations, am I right? I’d like to think so. But as the industry becomes more saturated (and competitive), it’s easy to loose sight of how our work ties into...

12 Offbeat Destinations in Europe

12 Offbeat Destinations in Europe

The truth is the offbeat destinations in Europe have culture, character, and charm that you simply just can’t find in tourism meccas like Paris or London.

Mindful + Conscious resources…

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Why You Should Opt for Secondhand Engagement Rings

Why You Should Opt for Secondhand Engagement Rings

Two years ago my Facebook newsfeed was filled with blurry Thirsty-Thursday snapshots. It has now transformed into a flurry of engagement announcements, barn-chic wedding albums, and #weddinghashtagsfordays. While we may be the generation to be a bit flashy on social...

LIVING ABROAD…

5 Things I Learned From Living in Ireland

5 Things I Learned From Living in Ireland

When I first arrived in Cork with my Croatian boyfriend, we hadn’t a clue how we were going to make it. We were staying in a run-down bed and breakfast outside of the city. We didn’t have jobs or an apartment. I began to question why I fought so hard to get a...

Cork City Chronicles: Becoming Resilient

Cork City Chronicles: Becoming Resilient

Worn out soles from adventure around Ireland. An international job at a national university. A new apartment with all my belongings—except my boyfriend. That’s what the past 3 months in Cork, Ireland has given me. It’s taken me longer than it should have to write...

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