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Croatian Coast: My Next Summer’s Trip

Boats at Dubrovnik old town port If you’ve ever seen the show Game of Thrones, then you might already recognize the picture to the left as a familiar place: King’s Landing. I was recently surprised to learn that this was a real place and not just computer-generated in the show. I was even more surprised (and delighted) to learn that this beautiful city along the coast was Dubrovnik in Croatia, a country that I’ve always wanted to visit and where my ancestors are from.

Doing a 1-2 week summer trip along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia would be an absolute dream, but I plan on doing it next summer. The trip would start at the southern tip of the country in Dubrovnik, where I would enjoy the giant walled city and all of its history through walking tours, museums, beaches, and stunning mountaintop views.

From there, I might travel up the coast via cruise line or ferry up to Hvar, which is a renowned island just off the coast. It is an island known for its lush plant life, picturesque beaches, secluded coves, vineyards, and forests. What a relaxing time that would be.

Next, and perhaps finally, might be a boat ride back to the mainland and Split, Croatia. Split, with its beautiful seaside promenades and bustling urban vibe, is the unofficial capital of Croatia.

I’m excited to plan this trip out more and think of an itinerary – it will be great to get out of the US soon!

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Southeast Asia – A Dream Vacation

Rai-Leh-Thailand Since I have committed a few years ago to take an annual destination vacation, Southeast Asia has been at the very top of the list. I plan on taking a trip to this part of the world in the next 2 years, and hopefully will find some willing travel companions to join me. From the beaches to the different islands, unique cultures, and tasty street food, there’s a lot to be excited about. Here are the places and things I am excited to do most:

In terms of places, Thailand is where I want to visist the most. I have alwats thought experiencing Bangkok’s stifling heat and amazing street food would be interesting. Additionally, the islands and beaches of Thailand look like the most incredible places on earth. My sister recently went to the region and spent some time in Phuket – her pictures from the beach there were pretty awe-inspiring.

Other things that I want to spend time doing on such a vacation are: riding a tuk tuk (why ever Uber when this option is aviable?), renting a scooter to get around, visiting an elephant sanctuary, going to an underground street fighting match, and going to a night party on the beach.

Hopefully I will get to do this trip in the winter one of the next few years when it’s cold and snowy here in Chicago (and the pandemic is over).