Exploring Split Croatia
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Exploring Split Croatia

Top: H&M; Shorts: Banana Republic (similar here); Scarf: Bought in Cambodian night market; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses: Prada; Earrings: Banana Republic

It feels like a lifetime ago that this – all this business of a five month vacation – was a reality. A measly month ago, I was sitting on a beach in Croatia, reading Outlander for twelve hours a day, sipping sparkling water and listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below. Was I living in an alternate reality, devoid of responsibility, family obligations and grown up bills? Absolutely. Would I do it again? In a heart beat.

Exploring Split Croatia

Exploring Split Croatia

Exploring Split Croatia

Did you ever think laundry could look so glamorous?

Exploring Split Croatia

Exploring Split Croatia

Exploring Split Croatia

Taking a five month sabbatical was the best decision of my life. I am happy to be home, because the reality of traveling is that it is exhausting and not nearly as glamorous as many bloggers make it seem, but I did learn how to enjoy the slow moments in life.

I learned to find pleasure in the simple moments of sitting in outdoor cafes without wifi (I know gasp!), walking places with no intention and listening to several NPR podcasts while driving. However, through those podcasts, I learned about boxing, Ecuadorian cacao production, wine making in Slovenia and I cannot tell you how many times I heard, “Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get It On” on the radio! It’s funny how different senses trigger different memories, but the minute I hear that song on the radio since I have been home, I am transported to the empty roads of New Zealand on an Autumn day in May and once again, my day dreaming begins.

-Chelsea

LocationLOCATION: Split


  1. Beautiful laundry, indeed.
    I want a life devoid of responsibility, family obligations and grown up bills and I firmly believe that if you have the chance for it, you take it. Or you make the chance.
    Marvin Gaye made me laugh.
    And Autumn in May sounds like a wonderful alternate reality. I want in.

  2. Traveling especially all over the world I bet can take its toll, but look at all the awesome places you get to see. Croatia reminds me a little bit of Albania where in certain areas clothes are left to be air-dried. Love your relaxed outfit. It looks so warm there. =)

  3. I can’t believe your trip has come to an end! It must have been just spectacular. I also find that travelling isn’t nearly as glamorous as some people seem to make it haha. I spend most of my time un-showered, hungry, lost, and looking vaguely like a vagabond. But, it’s also the most INCREDIBLE time ever at the same time (somehow!)!

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  4. What an experience! I can’t believe you’ve been away that long. Then to come back and have to move. I gotta say I thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog while you traveled and can’t wait to see what’s in store for you!

    How’s the new job going?

    • Hi Meghan!

      Thank you. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed reading it while we were traveling. Anyways, work is going well. I live in Palo Alto, and work in SF and I really did not understand that distance when I signed up for this job, so the commute has been tough, but have to say, after our trip, I got really good at keeping myself occupied while waiting. So it is not that bad and I got into the habit of readying a lot on the trip, so it is nice to have carved out time on the train to read. So long story short, it is going well!

      I have also enjoyed staying up to date with you blog. I just love the blogging community because it allows us to make friends all over the world!

  5. Have yet to visit Split but I too love Croatia (and its beaches :) and it looks like you had a great sabbatical. Good for you! Also, love the scarf!!

  6. Such a beautiful recap. Welcome back to the states! Though, I can imagine, that must be an incredibly rough return. A 5-month vacation of living the dream – You are inspiring! I hope you are beginning to get settled back in.. I am STILL trying to adjust to life in NY so my posts are lagging as well. Cheers to us both finding our ways back 😉 Happy #wcw to you!

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  7. Wow Croatia looks beautiful! What kind of podcasts did you listen to? I like book podcasts especially Fight Club ^__^

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  8. The laundry is so colourful. I really love the images, especially the one of you on the stairs, it has such a very editorial aesthetic. I think a great five month holiday seems to have been well worth the wait. I can use one of those right about now. Looking forward to my winter holiday. <3 /Madison
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  9. A life without bills and responsibilities sounds about awesome right now, so glad you could get the time away and enjoy it. Love your LV handbag here.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up
    Rachel xo
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