Last summer your favorite fine art photographers chose a different kind of vacation – a campervan trip along the famous Croatian coast. For the occasion, we teamed up with @lowridersrental, who provided us with their finest stealth mini camper, which became our home during two exciting and at times challenging weeks, primarily due to the size of our two egos.
Now that @aakimun and I finally managed to forgive each other all the things said, we want to share with you three lessons we learnt along the way:
1) Pack light
Think about how much stuff you really need. When you’ve done that, leave half of it at home. Summers in the Mediterranean are consistent weather-wise, and clean underwear highly overrated. Instead, opt for a flashlight and a mosquito spray. They might save your life.
In case you have caring mothers, make sure they don't slip something into your bags when you're not watching.
2) Peace, love and understanding
It is widely known that travelling is, next to winning the lottery, the best friendship test. Sharing a campervan 24/7 two weeks straight requires tolerance and patience so make sure you pack some of those as well.
On the other hand, such endeavor provides a unique environment to get to know your co-travelers profoundly and genuinely, thus creating a unique bond you wouldn’t get elsewhere. After all, if you manage to survive the smell of someone’s socks and live through their nervous outbursts, you’ll be friends for life.
3) Don’t stress about the schedule
Planning to visit 10 places in 10 days? Forget about it. I get it, maybe you’ve been saving money for years or maybe it’s your only chance to visit the country, but the memories you’ll keep by slowing down and truly enjoying your trip are more valuable than rushing and barely scratching the surface of the culture. Talk to the locals, drink rakija together, and go outside the usual routes to experience the true heartbeat of the country.
Photo by the talented, but inconsistent @vchoiii.