Just as I was this time last year, I am currently emerging from a six-month spell of heavy-duty travel research and writing – and damn it feels good to have the monster deadlines behind me.
Despite the stresses and long days of writing, it’s been another fabulous period for enriched travel and supercharged sightseeing. It began just after Easter, when I took off for nine weeks of island-hopping through the Cyclades group of Greek islands (including the megastar islands of Mykonos and Santorini). That was two months of Greek cliche overload: whitewashed villages, crystal-clear seas, beachside tavernas, etc etc. It was also a slog at times, on and off ferries to reach 24 islands.
I was home in June for just under four weeks, before packing my bags again and heading back to Europe. This time: Slovenia, an incredible surprise package, and a six-week trip of wonder (how does a country half the size of Tasmania pack in so much treasure?).
My favourite element of travel in Slovenia is the diversity found there, from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, enormous underground caves to fairy-tale-worthy lakes. It’s a remarkable places that swings from snowcapped mountain peaks, to Tuscan-style rolling hills covered with vineyards, to coastal towns rich in Venetian heritage. I adored it, even if the Euro-summer heatwave took its toll on my energy levels at times. It was more than worth it for these lovely panoramas…