“Visitors tell me all the time I’m so lucky to be living in Slovenia!”
Marijana Podhraški, Founder of Let’s go Slovenia travel blog
Travelling has always been my number one obsession. I couldn’t wait to turn 18, to finish high school and get on a train across Europe. While studying journalism in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, I used every opportunity for a trip abroad, to see for myself what’s going on in places I was reading and hearing about. Later on I lived in New York, London, Prague, Athens …
Saying that you are from Slovenia can create some confusion for people you meet along the way. Their responses can be from ‘oh it sounds lovely’ to ‘where is it exactly?’ Some would google it later and then get back to me admitting how they have never expected to see such stunning photos when key searching for my country on the internet.
I would say that this curious group of people are mainly ‘responsible’ for my decision to embark on a Slovenia travel blog journey. Together with photographer Samo Šmarčan and guest writer Sonja Bezjak we started to create a travel blog called Let’s go Slovenia, which promotes Slovenia through first-hand experience and eyes of the locals.
In the last couple of years Slovenia became one of Europe’s BEST NEW travel destinations. Which is good for our blog, too. We started to gain more and more readers and we are getting daily e-mails with requests for our local travel tips and recommendations. There fore, I also created a Facebook group called Slovenia Travel Forum, which immediately went from 50 to 500 members, now already going towards 6000.
When planning a visit to a foreign country, people are nowadays more and more relaying on local blogger’s opinions. Just recently we got a message from a producer of a very popular travel-based Netflix series, saying that he got interested in one particular destination in Slovenia – where they eventually ended up filming – after reading about it on our blog page.
Our readers and followers are telling me all the time how lucky I am to be living in such a beautiful and unspoilt country, something people from Slovenia – including myself often take for granted. But we learn to value and appreciate it if we move abroad.
Slovenia’s diverse nature and culture can leave you amazed with its beauty – the mighty Julian Alps, the dreamy blue Adriatic Sea, the magnetic Pannonian plains, the dramatic subterranean Karst landscapes with its vast underground world … Nowhere else was the nature so generous to one single country.
The locals and the future visitors we all have to strive to keep it this way.