Start Here

Welcome to my Croatian life!

Who’s this blog for?

  1. This blog is for every 20-something-year-old who’s always had that burning fire to see the world.
  2. This blog is for every 20-something-year-old (and others also) who enjoy their life now, but are looking for something a change of pace.
  3. This blog is for people who have a lust for travel, cultures, food and drink, and enjoy sharing that with others.
  4. This blog is for people who’ve taken the GIANT leap of faith and moved abroad.
  5. This blog is for people who haven’t taken the leap of faith (YET) but are looking for the inspiration to grab life by the horns and go for it.

I know how scary it all is. I want to tell you that you CAN do it.

Have you ever been to a place you loved so much you wanted to pick-up and move there? Yep. I know. That’s exactly what happened to me and now I live in the most wonderful country: Croatia.

A little about me

Santorini, Greece.

I’m a 25-year-old American girl living in the capital city, Zagreb, Croatia. I came to Croatia a little less than 2 years ago, backpacking by myself (yes, it was totally safe) and on a quest to return back to Santorini, Greece where I’d been the year before and loved it.

Well, needless to say, I wound up stuck on the island of Korcula (check it out here), with a Croatian-girl-turned-best-friend/soul-sister, who, within 24 hours of knowing each other, invited me to meet her family and ultimately to live in Croatia if I ever wanted.

She was in luck! I went back to the states for 4 months, got rid of just about darn near everything, packed my whole life into 3 suitcases, and off I went!

The story of how I stayed longer than my tourist visa is, of course, another long story, so stay subscribed for more.

The point is, when I came to Croatia, I felt like I’d been here my whole life. So I took it and ran with it (momentum people! If ya got it, use it!)

My main squeezzeee

Meeting my friend Tina in the airport after my long flight back to Croatia.

This blog is focused on the list above, but more than that it’s focused on the single thing I’m forever enchanted by: the country of Croatia. I dedicate this blog to anyone in Croatia looking to leave (I understand why, trust me, but we’ll talk about it), anyone who’s visited before (and freaking loved it), and anyone with a strong urge to visit one day (best decision of your life). And of course, the most important group of all, all the Croatians who have a fierce love and pride for their homeland. This American girl is right there with you! 🙂

So, what’s in it for you, you might ask?

Well, a couple things!

  • Knowledge of Croatian culture and lifestyle (hopefully with some stories that can make you laugh too)
  • Travel ideas- both in Croatia and surrounding countries
  • Suggestions of food and drink- need I say more?
  • Suggestions for shopping- we all love a little help with this don’t we girls?!
  • The chance to share your dreams- bring on the comments! I love to hear from people and where their at with living and/or moving abroad
  • The opportunity to connect with others about moving abroad and/or visit Croatia

Thank you for taking the time to check out my site and I hope we can embark on a great journey together!

Start here to follow the story from the beginning♥

If you’d like to collaborate me, please email me at hello@thiscroatianlife.com! 

Please feel free to shoot me an email via contact form down below for travel tips/questions- I love helping others, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Croatia!

 

4 thoughts on “Start Here

  1. Hey Kaleigh,

    I absolutely love watching your videos and seeing your journey in Croatia. Its amazing for me to see. I am a guy who was born in Sydney Australia with a Croatian heritage. My parents came from Croatia to Australia in 1968 and the love for Croatia never leaves. My mum and her side of the family actually live quite close to Sesvete. They live in a small village called Brckovljani (Dugo Selo). How unfortunate for me that I have never been to Croatia but you never know. I haven’t never given up hope and hopefully when my personal circumstances improve I can get myself over there (It’s a long story).

    I wish you nothing but the best for you and Dominik. I hope you make the best of your life in Croatia and of course to hear more of your stories, because your vlog on youtube is pretty entertaining and quite awesome for me. I can relate to a lot of it.

    Regards

    Joe

    1. Hi Joe! First, I just have to say how cool is it that your mom and family live in Dugo Selo!! That is so close and we have been to Dugo Selo quite a few times! Second, I really am gonna have to be pushy here and say that you absolutely NEED to come to Croatia ASAP! It’s your homeland or at least definitely the homeland of your parents! But I also understand personal circumstances and I have good faith that everything will work out in divine appropriate timing. I hope you stay tuned and thank you for all the good vibes to Dominik and I!

  2. Hi! Thanks for all the information that you post. I absolutely love love love you you tube videos. Such a great mix of good information and humor…love it! I live in New Jersey with my husband and children. My husband and I are both croatian but I was born and raised in the USA. We are strongly considering moving but I am petrified! I’ve spent summers there and know how beautiful it is but I am also familiar with some of the drawbacks. Since my kids are little (my oldest is in first grade) I’m afraid to make that leap. I guess I wanted to reach out and ask what the hardest thing was that you had to adjust too and do you see any issues with raising a family there. Thanks! Keep up all the awesome work! Xoxox

    1. Hi Jenni!!
      Thank you so much for your comment and I’m so sorry for taking so long to get back to you!
      I love that you and your husband are Croatian and that you have been born and raised in the States! Raising a family would be great here in the aspect of it’s a lot safer and that there is less opportunity for things to go wrong (e.i. hanging with a bad crowd, drug addiction, etc). On the flip side, I think we are both well aware of the good opportunities that America offers that this region simply can’t offer yet (e.i., different type of education, extracurricular activities within schools, jobs, etc). It’s a hard decision to make and I completely understand you. The most important thing is that your children can A) speak english AND croatian and 2) can always go to either country should they so choose- and you and your husband also!
      Thank you for your positivity and I’m happy to hear you enjoy the videos! Puno pusa from Zagreb to NJ xoxo

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