We are Tom and Zi, the creatives behind Craving Adventure. We meet in a Thai hostel while solo traveling in 2017 and that encounter completely threw our lives around. Long story short, we fell in love, bought the token one-way ticket, sold some stuff, quit some jobs and chose to wander and to explore.
We have explored a dozen of countries together and a couple of dozens more separately before we met. We converted a campervan and explored New Zealand for almost a year, swam with sea turtles in Samoa, found hidden waterfalls in Sri Lanka and explored caves in Slovenia. And all along we have been working hard on this blog and our photography skills so that we can help you plan your travels and fuel your wanderlust.
Craving Adventure is a travel blog with a strong focus on adventure, offbeat travel and authentic experiences. We provide in depth destination guides and well thought-out itineraries to help you travel more, better and more adventurously. Always encouraging you to take the path less traveled and to opt for authentic and unique adventures. Through our raw and real GBUs (good, bad and ugly) we set clear expectations and give you an insider's feel for the country that is otherwise hard to get on a short vacation. Everything on Craving Adventure is based on our own experiences and we’re not afraid to speak up and tell the truth. We like to give you meaningful advice and set realistic expectations.
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Tom used to have some insanely high ranking in the Starcraft strategy game but has since swapped the joystick for a drone remote. Now he’s a real drone wizz! He’s also the travel writer behind Craving Adventure and most of the blog posts are his creations. He spends days on end writing, researching, and creating helpful and detailed travel guides. He really pours his heart into it and takes great pride in creating resources that are as thorough and comprehensive as possible.
Ever since he was a child he loved exploring, feeding his curiosity by wandering off and seeing what was around the next corner or hiking to the top of the hill to check out the view. He especially loves adventures in the great outdoors and is happiest when he is out exploring a new destination.
Zi is the creative half of Craving Adventure. She holds a master’s degree in Communication & Media and usually walks down the street with a camera in hand, edits photos late in the night, and spends hours on minuscule web design tweaks. She’s also a checklist kind of gal and loves planning and strategy, but crashing drones is her real superpower.
Travel and adventure have always been a big part of Zi’s life. She spent her childhood summers sailing around the Croatian islands and winters skiing and snowboarding in the Alps. Before she even met Tom she already visited 19 countries, lived in three of them and in six different cities. She took her first ‘solo’ trip when she was only 11 years old (summer camp in England) and one way tickets have become her norm. It’s safe to say that Zi has always been a travel enthusiast and a nomad.
For a little while we thought that mission statements and core values were only for big conglomerates and businesses with fancy office spaces but boy were we wrong! When your life and work intertwine as much as they do for us, it is extremely important to have a clear why and even clearer boundaries. These are the core values that keep us and this blog going.
1. Fun first and foremost
Life is supposed to be fun, to be full, to be grand. Craving Adventure is a big part of our lives and as such it’s meant to be fun, enjoyable and inspiring! It’s only in this state of mind that we can truly deliver on our promise and inspire others.
2. Stay true and authentic
Yes, almost everything has been done before, but it hasn’t been done by us. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we infuse it with our personalities and creativity. No faking, no deceiving - we stay true to ourselves and our values no matter what. We will never endorse a business or a product we can’t stand behind, no matter how much money we’d be turning down and we won’t advise you to visit an attraction we didn’t enjoy, no matter how popular.
3. Sustainability matters
We choose to make our travels, and lives, sustainable and ethical. We support local businesses and communities, and companies and brands that care about the environment, animals and people. We aim to increase awareness on how everyone can travel (and live) better and more considerately.
4. Travel slow and travel deep
We don’t believe you can ‘do’ a country, there’s always more left to see and to experience. We choose to travel slow and allow ourselves enough time to truly take in the culture, the smells, the sounds, and the views rather than just catching a glimpse and moving on. We choose to step off the beaten path and to explore the road less traveled for it is where the true magic happens. We do the research for you and tell you about all the best spots and adventures so that you can get an authentic experience even on limited vacation days.
5. Sharing is caring
We hope to inspire you to travel and to live your best life. We share our travels and experiences with you, provide you with tips, guides and honest reviews so that we can kindle your wanderlust and help you have the best adventure ever. Through our blog we aim to create an inspired community of fellow travellers and dream chasers that help, support and empower each other. Are you with us?