Featured Traveler: Veronika Hradilikova of Travelgeekery.com
Veronika Hradilikova of Travelgeekery.com
Veronika is a Czech girl happily living in Prague and exploring the world from there.
Learn more about Veronika Hradilikova by reading her answers to few of our travel related questions:
When did you start blogging, Why do you blog?
I started my blog more than 3 years ago. I wanted to share my travel experiences and do ‘something more’ related to travel, than just travel. If that makes sense:)
Tell us more about your hometown.
My hometown is Prerov, a small city in Moravia in the Czech Republic. It’s a region known for wine and rolling hills, however in my hometown we brew beer! I love the city and visit my family there frequently, but prefer to live in Prague. There’s more going on and there’s an airport 🙂
When did you start traveling, inspirations?
I come from a family who didn’t travel. It was nearly impossible in the communist Czechoslovakia. So after a few trips to the sea (all Czechs drive to Croatia) during my childhood and teenage years, I knew I had to explore more. I loved learning foreign languages so my motivation was to go to places where the languages I learned were spoken. I went to study abroad to Finland, then to Germany and China, and haven’t stopped travelling since then.
Lessons you learned on the road?
Everything works out in the end. It doesn’t matter if your flight is delayed, if you miss a train, if there’s a grumpy employee you can’t get information from.. Don’t let it frustrate you and just roll with the punches. Seemingly hopeless situations often open other windows of opportunity. Serendipity does its magic, you experience hospitality of locals… You just have to trust everything’s going to be fine.
Destinations on your Bucket List?
I don’t keep a bucket list, it’s so hard to do! The famous attractions get crowds of tourists and even though it’s amazing to see them, one can often hardly enjoy the atmosphere. I have countries that I want to see sooner than others, but other than that, I’m just jumping at every opportunity whether there’s a flight sale, a foreign friend’s wedding or just any occasion to explore a place.
Beach or Mountain?
Can I do both? Coming from a landlocked country, the sea never stops amazing me. However, after a few days spent on the beach, with the sun burning my fair skin, I long for mountains. Lush mountains with incredible views give you another level of sense of wonder. I love that.
How often do you travel by air/land?
I travel each month and it’s usually a combination of different modes of transport. I often explore Europe, as it’s easy to fly or travel by train elsewhere out of Prague. For bigger trips outside Europe, I tend to go about 3x per year.
What’s your favorite airport?
Airports are cool everywhere unless you’re flying low-cost and get a terminal strapped of all fun. Recently I liked the newish terminal buildings in Madrid, Spain and Zagreb, Croatia.
What is your favorite Hotel?
I stay at Airbnbs about 70% of my time. I feel like a local when staying at someone’s apartment. From recent hotel stays, I won’t forget Dan Hotels – be it in Eilat or Haifa, both in Israel. Very beautiful and the breakfast was to kill for.
What is your preferred Airline?
Honestly, I don’t know. It used to be Emirates, but recently I’ve had a few not-so-pleasant experiences. But the truth is that I usually let the price of a flight decide, so it’s no wonder I end up with low quality.
How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness?
I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t suffer from jet lag. Really. If I fly westwards, I tend to use it to my advantage and wake up early to see the sunrise!
What are your favorite travel gadgets?
I have a great travel pillow that I like for napping – it’s called BCozzy and nicely wraps around the neck to support the head. I’ve used it even when camping.
Apart from that, I never leave home without my travel wallet, which looks like a folded sheet of paper. It’s called paperwallet and it’s very durable.
Any Tips on how to travel light?
Oh yes, in fact, I’ve written a whole blog post on the topic recently! I’ve always had packing issues. Over time, I’ve managed to pack lightly at least for my European trips. CabinZero is the bag that made it happen for me.
Best Backpack Brand?
Top 3 Philippine Destinations?
To be honest, I haven’t seen enough of the Philippines. I loved the Kalanggaman Island, that little piece of paradise. I enjoyed Cebu, mainly its food market. Tacloban and the province of Leyte hold a special place in my heart as well. The spirit of the people there is unbreakable and I admire them for that.
Things you love about the Philippines?
The people! There are not many places in the world where the locals would be as lovely as in the Philippines.
Things you hate about the Philippines?
This is a hard one.. I don’t know, perhaps the congested traffic in Manila.
What made you decide to visit the Philippines?
I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Philippines for quite a while, especially for the beaches. I also met a few friendly Filipinos at a TBEX in Stockholm and especially one lady kept convincing me to come. So I jumped on the opportunity once a TBEX was held there.
Top 3 International Destinations?
You know the feeling when you really get to know a place once you’ve lived there for an extended period of time? That’s why I left my heart in Finland, China, and Berlin.
Favorite Travel Quote?
To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen