Monday, 16 January 2017

A bus adventure to Slovenia for only 19 EUR

Winter wonderlands are expected to look the same, no matter where in the world they are located. Upon visiting them you probably always imagine lots of snow, some castles and of course magical creatures. All this may sound more like a description of some northern country's features, but it may come as a surprise, that there is also one quite smaller, but incredibly charming country possessing the winter wonderland attributes.

@Author -  Franci Ferjan;
Slovenia. The only country with love in its name is destined to charm each and every visitor into simply falling in love with her. And this little snow princess is in winter time inviting you to all kinds of snow involving sports and activities, and also ordinary travel adventures. There are a lot of options how to get to this little Alpe Adria royalty, and one of them may be just what you  are looking for. 

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
The Hellö bus will take you from Vienna to Maribor for only 19 Euros. Simply magical! Maribor is a perfect starting point for every winter sports enthusiast who visits Slovenia. With Pohorje, a low mountain range in Slovenia, Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort is just a place to be in winter time. 

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
Even better news is that Slovenia offers many more ski resorts, all over the country. You can combine your travel discoveries with your passion for sport and visit Slovenian ski slopes or just travel around this beautiful country, following your new year's resolution to visit Slovenia in 2017. You will be surprised just how beautiful of a winter wonderland this country is and how many castles and magical creatures you can encounter while discovering it. 

Welcome to the winter wonderland of love!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Visit Slovenia in 2017

Did you already make a bucket list for 2017? Which places you want to visit, which cultures you want to meet… We’re here to make some suggestions for you. Slovenia is an amazing country and it would be a pity if you wouldn’t take the time to explore it.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
A road trip around Slovenia is always a good idea. You get to feel the culture, the nature, the culinary treats and so much more. Let’s start with Ajdovščina, which lies in Vipava valley. Maybe now it’s not the time for cycling, but hiking is “in” every time of the year. Do you know what’s also popular every time of the year? Wine. And Vipava hills have a lot of sunny days, which grow fantastic wine. Maybe you should try it in one of the wine cellars. And after you tire from hiking and drinking delicious wine, stay in The Youth Centre and Hostel Ajdovščina, which is located just a short walk outside the city centre. Hostel Ajdovščina is also environmentally friendly and has fifty beds, so if you want to come in a group, don’t be shy!

Next on the list to visit is our beautiful capital city, Ljubljana. Our volunteer Nastja wandered around Ljubljana recently and wrote an amazing article about our beautiful city, so check it out. And if you want to hear it from a foreigner that you should visit it, we also have a proof. After so much reading, I’m sure our travelogue writers convinced you to visit it. A great place for an accommodation is Hostel Tresor, which is really something special. It was once a bank vault and it was turned into a hostel, but kept some history. Definitely interesting. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Bohinj is a perfect place to visit in the winter time. If you like to ski, there are many ski slopes to choose from and soon, you’ll be swooshing down the hill. Near hostel Koča Suha is the ski resort Vogel. What is more, the hostel even offers free ski shuttle to the ski centre. Great choice for those who want to spend less and do more. If you’re not convinced yet, read this article and welcome to Bohinj.

One of the charming towns in Slovenia is Idrija, the oldest Slovenian mining town, which is also on Unesco’s world heritage list. Here you also need to try local specialty idrijski žlikrofi, which is a dish from heaven. For a budget stay, choose hostel Idrija, 5 minutes from the city centre, which is a really cheap accommodation, you can get a room from 11 euros per person. Staff is super helpful and will happily suggest some activities for you. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Kamnik is another charming city in the middle of mountains and hills. It is located by rivers Kamniška Bistrica and Nevljica and Kamnik-Savinja Alps, which offer great views every time you visit Kamnik. I’d strongly suggest you take a visit to Velika planina, which is just magical and will nourish your soul. Read more about adventures in Kamnik here. Don’t know where to stay? Hostel Pod skalo is a great choice. It is small and charming and in the building next to it, there’s a bar, which is never a bad thing. The hostel offers free wi-fi, a lounge and even transfers to the airport and other tourist destinations in Kamnik. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Last but not least suggestion is Velenje. Velenje has grown on coal mining. Here you have an opportunity to check out Slovenian mining museum or the three city lakes. In the winter, you can even go ice skating in the park. Nearby, there’s also a ski resort for skiing enthusiasts or Topolšica spa for those, who like to be warm and relaxed. The choice is yours. If you’d like to stay in Velenje for a couple of days, there’s a new hostel in Velenje, which will warmly welcome you and offer you a lot for your money. Hostel Velenje provides seminar rooms for up to 100 people, new technical equipment, a common kitchen and many daily activities

Visit our beautiful Slovenia!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Visit Slovenian ski slopes!

It is getting cold in Slovenia and the ski slopes are full of keen skiers and boarders. Are you tempted? I’m sure you are. Slovenia is a beautiful country and if you’re coming from a warmer country, you’ll be impressed by Slovenian winter wonderland. If you keep reading, you’ll even find out how you can get here from Malta for around 50 Euros.

@Author - Aleš Fevžer;
Yes, you read correctly, you can fly from Malta to Venice and back for around 50 Euros in February and visit the ski slopes, go hiking in snow or just enjoy the winter weather. You can get this amazing offer at Ryanair, fly to Venice Treviso and then, maybe hire a GoOpti or rent a car and see how it’s like driving on the other side of the road (carefully, of course).

Since I was talking so much about skiing, let me introduce you the ski slopes and of course, the amazing hostels where you can stay. First is Hostel Bovec with Kanin Ski Resort. Here you can ski 2000 metres above the sea level, which makes it the highest Slovenian ski resort. If you want to read more about winter time in Bovec, read this article and find out more about attractions in Bovec.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
Skiing in Kranjska Gora is a must in Slovenia. You can choose among 18 ski slopes of different technical difficulty. Ski lifts and ski runs are stretching all the way from Kranjska Gora to Planica (where the famous ski jumping tournament takes place). If you’re not a great skier yet, you can even go to a ski schools or hire a ski instructor. Amazing, isn’t it? And if you want to afford a little more with less money, stay at Youth Hostel Barovc, which will entertain you on a bad weather day or when you just want to rest and relax.

@Author - Matej Vranič;
If you’re not really up for big ski resorts, try ski resort Golte and stay in Ljubno ob Savinji. The ski resort has 12 kilometres of ski slopes with a unique terrain and even a private bunny slope for children. Visitors can even try cross-country and backcountry skiing. Hostel Ljubno ob Savinji is perfect for your accommodation, as it has rooms with private bathroom, dormitory rooms and there’s an inn nearby with local Slovenian cuisine. For some other activities, read an article about Ljubno ob Savinji and find out more about it.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
Now that you know all about skiing opportunities in Slovenia, make sure to book a ticket, book a hostel and you’re all set for a great winter holiday. Slovenians are waiting and will make sure you’ll have time of your life


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Festive Ljubljana

Oh December, the time of the year when even the cold has a special meaning! When the extra lights brighten the secret pass ways, when carols warm every corner of the street and your heart and when it is perfectly acceptable to drink wine from a cup in the middle of a street, as long as it is mulled. Just the perfect month!

@Author - B. Bajzelj;
It is also a month that a lot of people use to visit especially European capitals. So why not start your own, a bit mainstream tradition of Christmas capital pilgrimage and maybe, just maybe begin by visiting Ljubljana, a charming little capital of Slovenia, that was most probably the reason for the creation of the word cute. In that case your little helper can be Wizzair, that on the last day of 2016 offers a flight from London Luton to Ljubljana for just 22,76 Euros. What a perfect Christmas gift! 

@Author - D.Wedam;
That way you can treat yourself by adding a new world capital on your travelling bucket list and even celebrate the beginning of a new year in a somehow exotic country such as Slovenia. There are plenty of things to see and to do in Ljubljana in that festive time of the year. The old town welcomes you with a Christmas market, full of unique mementos from your soon-to-be Slovenian adventure, you can take a perfect Christmas selfie in front of a thatched, life-sized nativity scene, dance your heart out at some live concert in the middle of the city and celebrate new beginnings by saying goodbye to 2016 with fireworks and traditional Slovenian New Year's Eve party

@Author - D. Wedam;
Cosy, warm beds await in five different HI youth hostels, such as hostel DIC, hostel Tresor, hostel Ljubljana, hostel Tabor or hostel Vila Veselova. Take your pick and be prepared for some new friends, crazy adventures and life-long memories

Cheers to the new beginnings and discovering the magic of capitals in December!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Beauty called Slovenia

What one finds beautiful is a complete and unexplainable secret of his heart, mind and soul. But there are things in this world of ours that just take you breath away even if your definition of beautiful conflicts with others. Not convinced? Give it a try and you'll be surprised. The mystic mind changer in this case is a unique country – Slovenia.  Her beauties speak for themselves, but every now and then it is good to receive a first-hand advice of what to see. After that the sky is the limit and the imagination is your guide.

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Usually when it comes to visiting new countries one automatically thinks of capitals and bigger cities. But in Slovenia, where even the capital city is not that big of a city, the smaller ones are those that really revile what Slovenia is about. For example Krško. Thriving town in the south-eastern part of Slovenia and a central town of Posavje region is known for its authentic wine type Cviček, its picturesque land that offers a lot of sporting activities such as cycling, skiing and fishing. The rich cultural background of Krško will also satisfy all of the cultural appetites a traveller might have. 

Another Slovenian jewel certainly worth visiting is the Triglav national park where the nature really has done a magnificent job. In Bohinj, a fairy-tale like town in the heart of Triglav national park, you can rest in the Youth Hostel Pod Voglom, which as a member of Hostelling International offers you a 10 % discount, and where you can try out all sorts of sporting activities from rafting, canoeing, hydro speeding and many more. 

@Author - Nea Culpa;
Moving towards the edge of the national park there is another inviting sleeping option in the form of Youth Hostel Barovc, a paradise like place for all the winter sports enthusiasts. Quick fifteen minutes away lies Planica, home of Slovenian ''eagles'', a world known ski-jumpig site, where you can be a part of history. 

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Speaking of smaller Slovenian towns, another must-see location is also Velenje, where you will be blown away by the breath-taking Šalek walleye with its just the right combination of lake, hills and caves, that offers a lifetime of adventures if you just give it a chance. Moving towards the eastern part of Slovenia, in Maribor, the second biggest but still charmingly small city, your dreams can come true in the Youth Hostel Pekarna. Maribor as a hometown of the oldest vine tree in the world will certainly give you some inside into the history of the Štajerska land that is intertwined with wine, culture and hardworking people. 

@Author - Marko Petrej;
After hiking and biking around Maribor you can certainly refill your batteries in even eastern laying town of Radenci. Most known for its mineral water spring, Radenci offers you a reviving experience of your body and soul, where you can find the true meaning of Slovenia in one of its well-known but charmingly small towns and rediscover yourself in the embrace of healing mineral water.                                         

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Two capitals in one trip

Tale as old as the world itself is the one about people always mistaking Slovenia for Slovakia and vice versa. But what about if there was a way of having a quick inside of both of the countries in just one trip, where you can visit the both capitals and forever establish the difference between those two European gems?

@Author - Arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda;
In January Ryanair offers one way flights from Dublin to Bratislava for just € 19.99. From there to Ljubljana you can shake things up and book a bus ticket with Flixbus which will cost you only € 32.50. Arriving to Bratislava at lunch time gives you just the opportunity to experience the country trough food and a bus ride at night enables you to get some rest and walk the streets of Ljubljana as a new person. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Breakfast in the countries capital can sometimes even be a better idea than any other meal. And if just tasting the country through what the capital has to offer is not enough for you, you can always hop on a new bus and discover Slovenia’s well know sights or even those that are not that well know at all. For example, you can treat yourself with a trip to Slovenian seaside, where you can visit cities such as Koper, Portorož and Piran. Then you can get (metaphorically, of course) lost in one of many Slovenian caves, for example Postojna cave being the most famous of them all, and Škocjan caves

@Author - Iztok Medja;
Your inner peace can be re-established by gazing upon the green hills and valleys at Koroška, Gorenjska, or Savinjska region, or by admiring the never ending flatness of Pomurje region. Specialities such as desserts and local wine can be tasted at almost every corner, so also a visit to Prekmurje or Dolenjska will be worth your while. 

@Author - Jost Gantar - TIC Moravske Toplice;
Getting to know the cultural and natural heritage is simply always a part of every kind of trip in Slovenia. In the bigger cities, such as Ljubljana and Maribor, or in a bit smaller ones, such as Idrija

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Either way there are many beautiful sights and new experiences to choose from in Slovenia, so in the future you will have no problem forever distinguishing between sLOVEnia and Slovakia. 

Let your taste buds be your guide!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

From Zagreb to Ljubljana and back from 18 Euro

Hello, our neighbours and travellers to Zagreb, Croatia. Have you ever been to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city? It's magical, especially in the winter time. Would you like a cheap suggestion for a getaway? If you're on a travelling site, I'm sure you're looking for that. BusBud, bus travel website, offers you a trip to Ljubljana for only 18 Euro. And that is not everything. If you have a Hostelling International member card, you get 15% discount. You can sign up for that right here. Amazing, right?

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Now let me tell you about Ljubljana. I could just paste the link to an amazing article of our new volunteer Anne-Sophie Fanchini Lovely Ljubljana, tell me your secrets. I know that you’ll want to visit our beautiful city, if you read it. She was charmed by the flying shoes and second hand stores at Trubarjeva cesta, she was regenerating herself in the Botanic Garden of the University, and got some fresh air in Tivoli Park. My suggestion would be for you to take a walk to the Ljubljana Castle, see the Triple Bridge and Prešeren Square. If you like to shop, there’s plenty of opportunity in the city centre. Just walk the romantic streets, have some mulled wine if it’s cold and enjoy yourself.

If you want to spend a night or two in Ljubljana, the city has some great hostels. Hostel Tresor is in the city centre and really has something special. It is a former bank vault and even though there are beds in the vaults now, it kept a certain charm that you have to see for yourself.

@Author - M. Tancic;
Or if you want to stay in a typical building of Ljubljana, stay at Vila Veselova, which is also in the city centre, close to park Tivoli and Ljubljana National Museum. Here, you’ll get free tea, breakfast and big rooms. Hostel Vila Veselova also offers you a beautiful garden area.

If you’re flying to Zagreb and have a day or two (or a week) for adventures in another country, Slovenia is definitely a place to be. The bus is cheap, the ride is about two hours long and you will definitely get a sight into Slovenian culture if you visit Ljubljana. 

See for yourself.