Travel Notes

The beauty of Dubrovnik - a photo essay

Dubrovnik hidden gems - Project We Travel
Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it
— George Bernard Shaw
The sea view - Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
The sea view - Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
Streets of Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
Medieval and Baroque splendour on the Adriatic...
— The Telegraph
Dubrovnik city walls - Project We Travel
People in Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
Remarkably unchanged over the centuries, you’ll see touches strictly controlled to maintain the town’s historic authenticity.
— Laurel Munshower, Condé Nast Traveller
Tourists in Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
Little streets of Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
This gorgeous, historic city on the Dalmatian Coast has recently become a feast for more than just the eyes
— DAVID FARLEY, The New York Times
Terrace in Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
Lost cat in Dubrovnik - Project We Travel
Love in Dubrovnik - Project: We Travel

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Something special for people who travel

Dajana does wonderful work, she writes, takes photos and finds ways how to keep all memories in one place and make them even more beautiful. Dajana's lovely products manage to entertain not only children but us adults as well. When I saw the Traveler's Journal, I just thought: How did she know that I needed something just like this?

Golden hour with Traveler's Journal/ Waved - Project We Travel

The journal format, its design and most importantly the intent blew me away immediately. Not only do I look forward to every journey, I can see myself writing down my thoughts at some great coffee place, scrapbooking my memories and returning to them over and over again without a smile ever leaving my face - all thanks to Dajana's Waved.

Traveler's Journal by Waved
Summer essentials - Traveler's Journal by Waved

 Why was it important for you to create the Traveler's Journal? What inspired you?

The inspiration for making the Traveler's Journal came from my trips. I like travelling and learning about new places, but I also love collecting knick-knacks such as tickets, shells, postcards, city maps and anything you can fit in your pocket. On top of this, I often experience feelings and thoughts associated with the city or country I'm visiting at the time; ideas or entire sentences occur to me and I spend days rearranging them in my head, which frequently results in stories for my blog. So it was a challenge for me to file all of them away in one place that would be nice, contemporary and original at the same time. Since I like working with my hands and avoid buying what I can make myself, I decided to make a journal with pages that would be empty, but with filled pockets on its covers. In that way I created space that does not hold imagination back; on the contrary, it caters to a traveler who likes putting down their thoughts that will one day mature into memories.

A traveler can avail themselves of unlimited space for creative expression.
— Dajana Grgantov / Waved Studio
I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list

What kind of person should in your opinion own this journal? What would they like, what type would they be, what would they enjoy?

A person who loves life, yearns to discover new things, who is somewhat of an artistic soul, emotional and positive. A person who likes to express themselves in words, drawings or photography.  A person who looks forward to every opportunity to go on a trip and never misses one. A person who sees travelling as an investment into themselves and not as spending. A person who is able to perceive that different cities inspire different emotions in us. A person who wishes to get to know themselves and not just scroll away on their gadget.

Summer essentials by Project We Travel and Waved

A person who can mix and match the joys of digital world with the smell of paper and ink. A person who is able to slow down the hectic humdrum of everyday life to smell and taste coffee and not just gulp it down and rush off. A person who finds happiness in little things and is grateful for what they have. I think I have just described myself, but such a person would definitely enjoy keeping this journal. It is targeted at people who truly enjoy travelling, those who set their thoughts down on paper, travel bloggers and lovers of what is handmade and unique.

Traveler's Journal - Waved

What do we need to keep in every Journal?

The Journal gives absolute freedom to a traveler; it is entirely up to them what they will decide to keep, write down or draw. Although journals seem to be identical, each one stands out precisely because it tells its own story.  A traveler can avail themselves of unlimited space for creative expression.

Pretty Little things by Waved & Project We Travel

Do you have your own journal? What mementos from your travels do you keep?

I have recently made a journal for myself that I started filling in during my latest trip to Portugal. We visited several places that had a huge emotional impact on me, especially those on the Atlantic Ocean. Those who follow what I do, know that I have a great love for the sea that always inspires me and informs my work. The pages from that journey contain more drawings, thoughts and scents than material trinkets. I capture what touches me in a certain moment: clouds, waves, a sense of freedom and abandon, a sense of belonging although I am not home...

These days, when we spend more time typing than writing, the Traveler’s Journey provides a link between past and present.
— Dajana Grgantov / Waved Studio
Traveler's Journal on sailing - Waved & Project: We Travel

What makes you smile every time you see it in your journal?

Anecdotes can always make me smile and there are plenty of those when you are travelling as a family with children. I also enjoy perusing sentences that have welled up while I was sitting in a car, on a plane, smack in the middle of some city or on a beach. For me those thoughts are special because they have been born out of unlettered moments and living in the present.

How did the Journal come about?

The Traveler`s Journal is made exclusively of natural and eco-friendly materials. The Journal is bound in washable paper. This type of paper is water- and tearproof; it is completely natural and safe, and when it dries, it looks like wrinkled leather. The inside consists of two separate parts (notebooks) and the covers contain pockets with accessories for the Journal's decoration: mini envelopes and stickers, a bookmarker, a luggage tag as well as maps of Europe and world to mark the places visited. An eco-leather ribbon is used to bind the Journal and close it, which infuses the overall esthetics with a touch of luxury. Since the Journal is made by hand, it takes many hours of love, patience and precision for the volume to go through all the phases of preparation and composition and become a product that someone will hold in their hands.

Even when it is finished, it is not really complete. Its journey continues in some new place, in some new home. My vision was to offer a traveler a treasure chest of memories and a visually attractive opportunity to actively collect their memories that they can revisit at some later date. By writing down the thoughts, sounds and scents, we discover the beauty around us and become aware of the present moment. And once we are conscious of that, we can rejoice in small things that lift our spirits. That is something that we keep forgetting today. These days, when we spend more time typing than writing, the Traveler's Journey provides a link between past and present. Although in spirit it belongs to times gone by, the Journal's appearance and the way it is meant to be filled in corresponds with contemporary life.


 GIVEAWAY

Dajana/Waved and I will reward one of you with the Traveler's Journal. All you need to do is start following Waved on Instagram and Project: We Travel and in your comment tag the person you think would enjoy this award. You can tag several people or share it in the story if you want to.

The contest ends on 9th July when I will announce the lucky winner on my birthday :) The competition is international.

Best of luck <3

A pretty Croatian village - photo essay

Slow travel is not about checking off a bucket list destination, but rather discovering the heart and soul of the culture. Allow time in your schedule to get lost and meander the side streets. The authentic experience will always be discovered off the beaten path.
— Brianne Dela Cruz | illumecoblog.com
Pretty Croatian village | Project We Travel
Pretty Croatian village | Project We Travel
Everywhere, people are discovering that doing things more slowly often means doing them better and enjoying them more. It means living life instead of rushing through it.
— Carl Honore
Pretty Croatian village | Project We Travel
Pretty Croatian village | Project We Travel
Enjoy every sunset, take a walk, inhale, exhale and wait for magic. It will happen!
— Sandra Roce, @salty_air
Pretty Croatian village | Project We Travel
For some people, slow travel can mean a slower pace and a looser itinerary. For others, it’s more about sustainability or about immersing yourself into local life and taking part in everyday activities.
— Dee / Vanilla Papers blog
Pretty Croatian village | Project We Travel

PHOTO ESSAY - Vienna

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I really like the city of Vienna. I like its art, its music and its architecture. In short, I like the culture that Vienna represents. What really captures me is the period around 1900 - the time of Freud, Schnitzler and Klimt. This is the period in which the modern view of mind was born.
— Eric Kandel, neurobiologist, Nobel Prize-winner
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“Vienna wasn’t just a city, it was a tone that either one carries forever in one’s soul or one does not. It was the most beautiful thing in my life... Vienna in winter and spring. The allés in Schönbrunn... Morning ridings in the Prater. I remember all of it exactly, and I wanted to see it again...
— Sándor Márai, writer and journalist
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The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.
— Karl Kraus, writer and journalist
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Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly.
— Frederic Chopin, composer and virtuoso pianist
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Stockholm Beats

Some of the things that I use change the pace of life so much that I sometimes wonder how I ever could have done without them. The things that enhance your every day, every moment, add bounce to the day, some kind of special energy, infuse it with spirit or comfort if necessary.

Beats earphones
Beats earphones

My trip to Stockholm last fall is etched in my memory by virtue of the songs I was listening to as I was walking around Södermalm and Norrmalm. It is hard for me to stop myself from singing in the street, so instead of hitting the high notes, I just replace them with a wide grin.

I also remember it for the podcasts I was listening to in the subway. Inspiring stories about slow life movement as I was hurrying off to get new stories and memories and meet the city.

Beats earphones
Beats earphones
Beats earphones

And when they ask me what I will take away from some trip, apart from colors, fragrances and flavors, I always say, the Beats of the city.

Podcasts:

Ducks – a coffee place in Graz

Only steps away from the town's center you will find a true hipster heaven, a place for e-mailing, editing photos in Lightroom and writing a book. You will enjoy it equally with your friends or with your partner. Talking loudly about work, some college reference book or a great night out is also a part of the Ducks experience. It is certainly a place where you will want to SoundHound a song that is just playing so you can carry it with you wherever life takes you next.

Ducks coffee Graz
Ducks coffee Graz

You will like the space of this bright cafe with these fantastic details that you can't resist capturing with your camera. You can even buy some of them because they are really great and later on you will be glad to have done so.

Ducks coffee Graz
Ducks coffee Graz

Besides coffee, you can treat your palate with something sweet or make that milestone decision and order a healthy green smoothie. Tea is another great choice you can make there.

Ducks coffee Graz

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