As part of the latest instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to book and travel blogger, Nika Grizila.
Nika Grizila is a passionate book and travel blogger over at Nika Grizila. Her lovely, self-titled blog mainly focuses on books and travel. But occasionally, Nika also touches on veganism, concerts or other interesting topics.
Hailing from beautiful Slovenia, Nika is a blogger, translator, traveller and lover of vegan food. She is also a keen linguist and holds a Master’s Degree in Russian and English (she specialised in translation). She is also fluent in Italian and is busy learning Spanish.
When she is not exploring, reading or blogging, Nika is currently busy writing her first novel (entitled ‘Snap Out of It’) and writing articles for different magazines.
Some of you may recognise Nika’s name from some of the lovely guest snippets she has contributed on my blog. As a friend to me and one of my trusted guest posters, I am honoured to finally feature her in this guest interview.
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
What inspired me was my love for travel and writing.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I’m definitely something of everything: I love big cities, interesting buildings, big parks and beautiful
beaches (rivers and lakes will do too).
While I’m not a museum or a mountain person, I can appreciate these too, if I don’t visit them too often.
I’m also always up to spending time in an amusement- or water-park.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1) Egypt: What you see in Egypt is unique.
The temples, the Nile, the desert, the pyramids, Cairo, the sand
and the heat.
2) Greece and its islands:
I’ve visited many and they were all incredible, as was mainland Greece.
There’s something about the culture, the beaches and the old towns and villages that makes it my favourite summer holiday destination.
3) The Caribbean:
This was my first travel to another continent – and also my first ‘exotic’ travel experience. We did a cruise and then stayed in the Dominican Republic for a week… It was a dream!
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
I’m from Slovenia, which is a very small country and I saw most of it by my teenage years. That’s also when I became more into travelling abroad than inside the country.
However, a couple of years ago, I visited the river Soča. I had forgotten how beautiful it was – and the number of foreign visitors made me realise how popular Slovenia’s nature actually is among tourists from other countries and how little I appreciate it.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
I don’t have any bad local travel experiences, except perhaps a building with tourist apartments on Pokljuka that didn’t have WiFi (and you could barely use data because the signal was so bad).
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
I’d recommend three of my favourite cities in the world: London, Valencia and Moscow.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I think I’d do a trip around the US. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve only seen New York City so far (loved it).
LA looks like a city I’d enjoy because it’s a big one by the sea – and I think I’d love it.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
I live in Koper, a small town on the Adriatic Coast. It’s small enough to walk around it on foot and too small for a day trip.
Which is why I’d advise any visitor to also include Piran, an iconic town 20 minutes away by
car; the beaches Bele skale and Mesečev zaliv; and the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Even the most detailed travel plans usually change in some way. The reason might be bad weather,
tiredness, a closed museum/church etc.
Embrace changes, don’t worry about them too much and adapt your plans.
To read about and see all of Nika’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog or follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Thank you very much, Nika, for appearing in this guest travel interview.
Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.