Bosa, Sardegna

Bosa, Sardegna

I recently realized how much I love to hear about where people have traveled - why they fell in love with a place and what they learned along the way. I have found that there is so much to learn from other people's adventures that can bring inspiration to our own. Therefore,  I wanted to create a place where people can share their experiences and give tips to others who want to follow in their footsteps.

I have pooled a few lovely people's stories (including my own) for this first blog post in a series. I hope that their tips and personal details bring you both enjoyment, encouragement, and inspiration to travel and experience the world more deeply and appreciatively. And maybe one day you will travel to one or some or all of these same places shared and experience the beauty for yourself.  Enjoy!

(If you have a favorite place you have been and want to share it, email me at evergreenerafilms@gmail.com and I would love to list it in the next blog!)


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Sardegna

After college I went on a Europe trip with a good friend, needing a change of pace and a new adventure. Through a website called Helpx we found host families who housed us and fed us in return for odd jobs that they needed done. Our first location was the Island of Sardinia off the coast of Italy. We stayed with an incredible local couple for 2 weeks and helped them with the olive harvest. We stayed in a home nestled up in the mountains right in the middle of the olive fields with a view of the ocean down below. We spent the mornings laying nets and running our hands down the branches as the olives popped off onto the ground, pouring the masses into crates to eventually be made into olive oil. We spent the afternoons exploring the island mostly by foot, journaling in the sun, and enjoying one another’s company.

Tip: Traveling with the use of websites like helpx and work away are a great way to save money or if you want to travel and don’t have enough money upfront. Your lodging and food is covered and all you really have to pay for is travel expenses and anything extra you want. I suggest looking for host families who need jobs done that are culturally specific, allowing you to have a valuable experience and be enriched in the locations culture instead of doing something all day that you could be doing at home. You spend a good amount of your time doing those jobs so you want it to feel purposeful. Take advantage of being immersed in the culture with a purpose instead of being a tourist just wandering around. You will see things, learn new knowledge, and meet people you probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
— Kathryn (me), owner of Evergreen Era Films

Hawai'i

I used to live in Honolulu, Hawai’i and it is still my favorite place to visit. The weather is perfect all year round, they have amazing happy hours (we’re talking half off food & drinks), and there is so much to do for free -hiking, snorkeling, camping on the beach, pretending to be a surfer.


Tips: The only bad things about Hawaii is the flight there! Flying from the east coast is the absolute worst. Sometimes 12 hours, longer depending on your layovers. Download hours of podcasts and bring snacks.

Go to the North Shore. Waikiki is crowded shops, tourists and traffic. It’s amazing to me that people can go to Hawai’i and only see that small part. Rent a car and drive to the other side of the island (it’s only 1 hour). The drive alone to the North Shore is stunning. Once you’re there, you’ll find shrimp trucks, fruit stands, and the kind of place you’ve only seen on postcards.

Make sure you know what island you are going. This sounds funny but if you’ve never been to Hawai’i, it’s easy to get confused since Hawai’i is actually a chain of 8 different islands. When you plan your trip, make sure the hikes and waterfalls you want to see are on the same island you are visiting.
— Christina, Founder of Asheville Folk

instagram: christinaforet


New Zealand

I spent a week in Auckland and went to Waiheke Island by ferry for a day trip. I went to New Zealand once I completed my thesis. The island seemed like a cool spot to explore a secluded area of NZ and drink lots of good wine. My favorite part of the trip were the views of the other islands and the city skyline. The landscape is lush and there are tons of wineries and local stores that make it so charming.

Tip: To make the trip easier, I’d totally recommend renting a scooter to explore. But, if you plan on drinking, the island is totally walkable and I’m so glad we did it that way. There are tons of natural and historic features to admire on foot.
— Farrah

instagram: farrah.bui


Capri

I spent only one day on Capri, but it was magical - the island is two conjoined mounds rising out of the clear blue sea. It was late February, and rocky lanes were studded with the gold of flowering roses and broom. The best bit was staggering up a rocky set of stairs to reach the Villa San Michele, where you can sit beneath a pergola laden down with lemons and stare out across the sea.

Tip: Go in the off-season, such as late winter when things will be cheaper and the island is less crowded.
— Caleb

Slovenia

Colin and I added Slovenia to our itinerary on a whim fed by a single Buzzfeed article I read, while I should have been sleeping. We had our flight booked to fly in and out of Zagreb, Croatia and began looking at surrounding cities we could drive to. Driving a rental car between different countries is permitted depending on where you start. We thought we had all of the necessary permits to drive to Hungary, Slovenia, then back into Croatia... But we were wrong. Slovenia requires you to purchase an additional permit that can be obtained at most gas stations. We were pulled over on the highway in Slovenia after a routine toll booth stop. Colin was taken into a police van parked behind our rented Fiat and I sat in the car wishing I had signed up for data service on my phone so I could start looking up international lawyers. Would his jail cell have a view of the Alps? Thankfully, this was not to be our episode of Locked Up Abroad. Colin was released with a 120 euro fine and we stopped at the next gas station to buy the permit.
We drove into the capital city of Ljubljana and stayed in the apartment of a local artist.

Tip: We used Airbnb, which has the best selection of apartments that are much more affordable than hotels and in a better location. Try to stay as close to the city center as possible. Be clear about how you want to get the keys...we thought we might be sleeping in the car at one point.

We took a free walking tour the next morning, definitely worth learning about this city and relatively new country.
The next day we ventured to Lake Bled, toured the castle, which has the best views of the Alps, and then drove up to Lake Bohinj. Buses to both locations are available. But the freedom of the car to drive between these two lakes allowed us to follow signs to a waterfall, Sava Bohinjka. This was truly a fairy forest and I didn’t want to leave.
We had one more day to revisit our favorite spots and left the next morning for Rovinj, Croatia.

In a nutshell: use Airbnb, stay near the city center, and do not miss Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.
— Jeannine

instagram: jeanninemarie1


Nepal

I was in Nepal for a month. I was there on an adventure/vacation and chose Nepal because I’ve always been completely fascinated/obsessed with the mountains and culture. My favorite part was a non-guided hiking trip to Everest Base Camp (like backpacking but you stay in tea houses with bunks, food, and tea). The Himalayas are simply magical.
Tip: To make the trip easier, I suggest talking with the locals as much as possible. Ask for suggestions and help. Nepalese people are so friendly and want to show you their country. Have just enough of a plan to be comfortable, but flexible enough in your itinerary to make changes when a great suggestion comes along.
— Nikki, Flourish Flower Farm Owner

Cinque Terre

Traveling, as an artist, is my main source of inspiration. Being immersed in another culture, language and surroundings is the most pure form of creative awakening. Being contained to a studio and painting day in an day out is the quickest road to exhaustion.

This past May, my fiancé and our planned our annual adventure overseas. We hopped from Prague, Amsterdam and Italy. Having been to Italy before, I purposely placed the Cinque Terre back on our list. Each time I resist this magical place, It is a greater experience than before.

Located on the rugged Italian Coastline, the Cinque Terre consists of five beautiful villages. Each village is built carefully into the steep mountainside, leaving you with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, incredible hiking trails, and car-less, intimate streets. No matter which village you choose to stay, the railroad makes all villages easily accessible. Each village is magical in its own way— and each time you step off of that train— you’re suddenly embracing another world. Colorful, vibrant buildings, narrow alleyways wrapping the coast, incredible food and wine— nothing short of extraordinary.

Tip: When traveling here, it’s important to do your research on the type of stay you are looking to experience. Between the five villages are hiking trails— connecting all cities and granting you with some of the most spectacular views of a lifetime. Because our three week trip was limited to a carry on, we were unable to pack hiking gear to complete all of the trails. However, our hiking experience from the village of Monterosso to Vernazza was one of the most humbling, awe-inspiring tasks I have ever completed. Views through out the journey are enough to move you to tears. Here you proudly stand, breathing in sights from the top of the world..

Our oceanside hotel in the village of Monterosso was quaint and equipped with a seaside view. Each morning, we would order espresso at the oceanfront cafes and walk the shoreline. Sketching and journaling in such an environment has the ability to move you deeply. The emerald Mediterranean waves sparkling in the sun, colorful pebbles under your feet— the distant glow of the next village towards the western horizon. The Cinque Terre continuously impacts my spiritual and artistic journey each time I return..
— Samantha, owner of Srueterart

instagram: sruetercreates


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