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10 Reasons You Should Travel To Slovenia




10 Reasons You Should Travel To Slovenia

Visiting Slovenia is an absolute must: serene nature, adventure activities, friendly people and delectable foods. Not to mention, it's extremely conveniently located, so you can add it to almost any dream European itinerary!

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I promise you, by the time you finish this post you will be bumping Slovenia to the top of your bucket-list, or your time back!! 

(I'd give you your money back but you haven't given me any... yet, but don't be surprised if you feel the need to send me millions of pounds for opening your eyes to the wonder that is Slovenia 😉😉 ).

So sit back, relax, and find out the 10 top reasons you should travel to Slovenia!



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Forget black and white, everything in Slovenia is blue and green: blue rivers, green forests, blue skies... Seriously, a typical landscape in Slovenia will look something like this: an aquamarine river, surrounded by electric green ferns, grass, moss and trees. In the foreground there will be cute rolling-emerald-green-hobbit-hills  and in the distance, a formidable mountain covered in trees that are so dense the green actually looks like midnight blue. Top the image with an azure blue sky and we've painted a picture of Slovenia. 

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Here are some facts to back up that painted picture: 60% of Slovenia is forest, making it one of the most forested countries in Europe and indeed in the whole world! Slovenia also has 59 rivers, each clearer and bluer than the last. 


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Slovenia really is filled with lush nature, mountainous beauty and breathtaking lakes. In fact, people have started to nickname Slovenia 'The New Zealand of Europe'. Even New Zealanders themselves, like our friend Shanti from www.awanderphile.com

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With great nature comes great wildlife (which are probably only there trying to get good photos for their Instagram accounts). On our first day at Big Berry we saw a deer skipping through the fields and numerous fish in the clear, clear rivers. They also have the kind of fish that come and eat the dead skin from your feet - like in Thailand. 

We also saw herons, cranes and newts! 

And if wildlife isn't your thing, you'll see plenty of domesticated animals too - beautiful horses and lots of milking cows. 


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Put simply, if you love nature and wildlife you have to come to Slovenia!


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First things first: Pogaca. What is pogaca and why has it come first? Pogaca is a typical Slovenian welcome bread. It's round, light and very salty - aka the best bread ever. Pogaca must never be cut - it's specifically made with grooves so that it must be split by hand between friends. 

slovenian traditional bread pogaca

Slovenian cuisine also involves lots of lavender, ginger and honey. A trip to BIBI Turizem is an absolute must to try out lavender juice, ginger cookies and honey schnapps. 


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And the honey doesn't stop there. Another must for your Slovenian bucket-list is a trip to a traditional beekeeper to learn how bees make honey, how humans harvest it, how to recognise good quality honey and to discover which food keeps for thousands of years (okay, you guessed it, it's honey). 

We also recommend a trip to Pecaric to learn all about oils and what they can be used for (acne, digestion, stress relief etc). Sure, you may leave thinking that you need a big tub filled with every single oil, but you will also leave, hopefully, with some delicious oils - we recommend the pumpkin and the apricot. 


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Another absolute must is a stop at Berryshka - the chocolatier and distillery which makes divine fruit liqueurs, juniper brandies and delicate chocolates. We loved the blueberry liqueur the best. 



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Speaking of alcohol, the fun doesn't stop at fruit liqueurs. No, Slovenia is actually a big wine country, making around 90 million litres per year (and consuming most of it domestically). Slovenians are very proud of their wines, and rightly so: not only are they divine, but they have been making wine since the time of the Celts, i.e. way before the Romans introduced winemaking to Germany, Spain and France!


You cannot visit Slovenia without visiting one of their wineries like Suklje or Pecaric, okay maybe if you don't drink wine you shouldn't go.. because there will be a lot of wine drinking - and of course a Pogaca welcome bread or two!






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Slovenian beer is also, you guessed it, divine - and this is coming from a Brit and a German (which in our eyes makes us beer experts for some reason). Our favourite Slovenian beer was by the craft beer makers Vizir. One afternoon we also had a tour of their factory, followed by a beer tasting. They were all delicious and our favourite was Imperial IPA.  



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What really makes Slovenian food, alcohol and indeed Slovenia special is the Slovenians themselves. They are SO lovely: Bernarda from BIBI's - absolutely loved Tanbay and would try to speak German for him; the Golden Ghee guys - put on a ghee tasting for us all, followed by a healing gong session;


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the policeman who we bumped into at Ana's church - invited us round to see his winery, meet his family and try his wine; 


Andreja, the owner of Gostišče Vešelič - would sweetly tease us about being vegetarian, then bring us the most delicious vegan spaghetti, followed by little bottles of on-the-house vodka;

and the lovely couple, who invited us to their home and taught us all about pogaca - when we left I embarrassed myself and brought shame to England by going to shake both their hands at once and ended up using both of my hands. They laughed and hugged me and said I was always welcome to come back :) 

One of our absolute favourite stories was hearing about 'stealing Croatia'. Slovenia borders Croatia and so they have a healthy, friendly rivalry. In fact most of the border is a 40m narrow river, so children will often swim to Croatia, take something like a rock or a twig, and swim back - aka stealing Croatia! How cute is that??

Every Slovenian we met was warm, friendly and extremely hospitable. 






Surprisingly, for a country so peaceful, there is a lot to do in Slovenia, especially if you love nature and super-especially if you're a water baby: swimming is a must, as is canoeing, kayaking and our favourite - rafting. 

There are also thousands of beautiful hikes that can (and should) be done in Slovenia. 




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Slovenia has a lot of breathtaking lakes, most well known of course is Lake Bled. Lake Bled is of glacial and tectonic origins, and is the most gorgeous turquoise colour. 


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Find out more about Lake Bled with our guide: A Guide to Visiting Lake Bled



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Ljubljana quickly became one of our favourite European cities: it's cool, it's quirky, it's small enough to not feel swamped, but big enough not to bore you and the food is delicious - of course. 




Ljubljana is the greenest capital in Europe and also probably the hardest to spell!

Check out our full guide to Ljubljana here: A Guide to Visiting Ljubljana

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Slovenia is located in central Europe, and is easy to visit from most places. Thishttp://www.travellingweasels.com/p/czech-republic.html makes it ideal to add to almost any dream European itinerary. 

Slovenia works well with a trip to Italy and/or Croatia, because Slovenian food is the perfect mixture of Italian and Croatian food. 

Ljubljana to Zagreb only takes about 2 hours by bus, train or car,  and from Zagreb it's just a hop, skip and a jump to Budapest and then on to Vienna, Bratislava and Prague. (We took buses between all of these locations and it was a lot of fun). 

Going the other way, Ljubljana to Venice is about 4 hours and from here you can reach all corners of Italy, or head up to Switzerland and Germany!

In terms of flying, super-duper cheap flights can be found from Ljubljana to London (only about £18 if you book early enough and pack lightly). To Paris is also extremely reasonable (about £59). Flights to Germany, Turkey, UAE and Spain can all be found for between £100 and £200. 




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A trip to Slovenia wouldn't be complete without a stay at the luxury glamping camp: Big Berry. We stayed here for 12 days and it was relaxing, rejuvenating and packed with fun! It's a unique and luxury place that simply has to be seen to be believed.


Find out more by reading our full review of Big Berry and/or visit them on their website bigberry.eu and/ or on FacebookInstagram and Twitter




Further Information
We're not just travel bloggers, we're travel vloggers too! Check out our playlist of our time in Slovenia for more Slovenian inspo! 


Conclusion
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Hopefully it's clear by now that we absolutely loved Slovenia. It completely surprised us with its beauty, delicious food and wonderful people. 

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Over to you: have you been to Slovenia? Did we miss any reasons you should travel to Slovenia off this list?

Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were invited as guests of Big Berry, but as always all opinions are our own. We are super confident you will love Slovenia - I mean love is in its name, how could you not?!


Why All Travellers Should Carry A Solid Shampoo Bar

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Why All Travellers Should Carry a Solid Shampoo Bar 


Ostensibly, Solid Shampoo Bars sound like a dream come true, and not just for travellers.

Advantages of a Solid Shampoo Bar
  • No more spills
  • No more liquid restrictions
  • Longer lasting than the average liquid bottle (approx. 80-100 washes)!
  • Less plastic 


We tried a Tropical Coconut Solid Shampoo Bar from Holi-Bobs.com and this is what we thought:


Initial Impression
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The Tropical Coconut Solid Shampoo Bar came in the post within two days. In the package, was a cute little business card and of course the shampoo bar: 95g of coconut smelling goodness. And it really did smell so good! I could even smell it through the packaging. My initial thought was: 'I can't wait for my hair to smell like this!'

My second thought though was: 'oh it's such a shame it's packaged in plastic'. I really don't like plastic, it's bad for the environment and one of the main reasons I wanted to start using solid shampoo was to use less plastic (i.e. the bottle the shampoo comes in). 

However, a) the plastic on the holi-bob's shampoo bar was so much less than the plastic that comes with a shampoo bottle and don't forget shampoo bars give you a lot more washes than bottled shampoo. 

And b) I read that you should take the plastic off  the holi-bob solid shampoo bar to wash your hair, and then put it back on afterwards so you don't get shampoo bar on your clothes - this makes so much sense!!! 

Ingredients
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Next up I had a look at the ingredients. I was so pleased to read that it's SLS free. SLS = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which, according to Lush, is possibly carcinogenic*, has a potentially toxic effect on aquatic organisms and there's a minimal risk of skin irritation. 

*Nitrosamines are an occasional byproduct of the sulphation process, approximately 90% of which are carcinogenic. 

So you can see why we were glad that Holi-bob's Coconut Solid Shampoo Bars are SLS free! 

Holi-Bobs
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As for Holi-bobs themselves, they are an online shop who specialise in supplying all your travel products from one place. For those who don't like hassle and/or like to leave things to the last minute we think this is an excellent idea! 


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You can find everything you need for your trip on their site - no matter if it's just for the weekend or for a round-the-world trip, they have everything from sun protection to eye masks, from skin care to hair care. 




Using the Solid Shampoo Bar
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After admiring the smell, reading the ingredients and taking a billion photos for you guys (aka getting the perfect one for our Instagram)... I finally (the next day) got round to using the shampoo!

I was extremely excited to start smelling like a tropical-coconut-mermaid-princess, and curious to see how it would work:

How to use a Solid Shampoo Bar
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I carefully opened up the bar, making sure I didn't tear the plastic wrapping so I could reuse it later.

Then I jumped in the shower and wet my hair as per usual. I then tried two different techniques with the solid shampoo bar - lathering it up in my hands to spread on my head, and simply trying to lather it up straight on my head. 

I found that the former option worked much better - which is the way I would usually use liquid shampoo. 

I also found that although the shampoo bar took a little longer to lather up than liquid shampoo, once it got going, it produced lots and lots of bubbles. 

 It cleaned out really easily.


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I didn't use conditioner because I wanted to see how the solid shampoo bar held up by itself. Honestly I didn't have very high expectations, as whenever I use just liquid shampoo and no conditioner, my hair is really dry and brittle. 

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So I was super impressed when I found that my hair felt soft and smooth when it dried, as if I'd used conditioner!! And of course, my hair smelt coconut-y too.

Further Information
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Conclusion
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All in all, I love my Tropical Coconut Solid Shampoo Bar I love the smell, and I can't wait to see how many washes I'll get out of it! 

I fell in love with the bar before I'd even used it because of how convenient it is for travellers (no more liquids, lasts a lot longer, less plastic etc). So the fact that it left my hair smooth, soft and smelling great were excellent bonuses!

To get your own bar, head on over to www.holi-bobs.com or find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.



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Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were offered a complimentary bar in return for an honest review. As always all opinions are our own and we'd never recommend anything we haven't personally tried and loved! 

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