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As the sun set on the 19th of May 2017, I embarked on a journey that would defy expectations and redefine my understanding of the enchanting land of Slovenia. With a 12-day road trip planned, skeptics questioned the duration, wondering aloud what could possibly occupy my time for nearly two weeks in this picturesque country.

Undeterred by the naysayers, armed with determination and a meticulously researched itinerary, I landed at Ljubljana airport, ready to unravel the mysteries of Slovenia. The first order of business – securing wheels for the adventure ahead. Having skipped the pre-booking hassle, I approached the Budget car hire counter and struck a deal for a sleek Volkswagen Polo, setting the wheels of my expedition into motion.

Preparation is Key: Documents, Deposits, and Data

Before hitting the road, a traveler must be armed with essentials. A smooth car rental experience required the right documents and a credit card limit for the deposit. Equally crucial was obtaining a local SIM card, ensuring seamless connectivity throughout the journey. With these prerequisites in place, I was poised to explore Slovenia’s hidden gems.

Unexpected Companions and a Shared Road Trip

Fate had an intriguing surprise in store. An invitation from a fellow Indian traveler in Delhi to share accommodations and the adventure unfolded. His offer to split the costs for the rental car and accommodations added a delightful twist to my solo road trip.

Navigating the city center of Ljubljana proved to be a challenge, especially finding parking near the hostel. The bustling streets offered limited options, but persistence paid off as I secured a spot near the Ljubljana bus station. Car parked, luggage in tow, I walked towards Hostel Tresor, ready for the next chapter of my Slovenian escapade.

Hostel Tresor: A Budget Oasis in the Heart of Ljubljana

Located in the car-free heart of the city, Hostel Tresor promised a budget-friendly haven. Its compact rooms with shared bathrooms didn’t offer the epitome of luxury, but the convenience of being steps away from Prešeren Square and the iconic Three Bridges made up for it. The former vaults turned dormitories added a touch of intimacy.

The shared facilities weren’t without their challenges, but the proximity to local attractions and the vibrant atmosphere compensated for any inconveniences. A local bus stop a stone’s throw away, Hostel Tresor was a strategic base for exploring Ljubljana’s treasures.

Instagram : Hosteltresor

Exploration, Indian Cuisine, and an Evening Unveiled

Refreshed and ready for exploration, my newfound travel companion and I strolled through Ljubljana, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the city. An Indian restaurant along the river boulevard became our dinner haven, adding a taste of familiarity to the Slovenian adventure.

As nightfall painted the sky, the adventure continued at Gig Bar Mala Ulica 5 for a pub crawl, promising to unravel the city’s nightlife. It was a perfect crescendo to the first day, setting the tone for the days of discovery that lay ahead.

Stay tuned for the continuation of this Slovenian odyssey, where every day unfolds like a page from a traveler’s dream journal.

``Butcher’s bridge``


``Old Town``

Solo Symphony: Navigating the Slovenian Tapestry – A Twist in the Tale (May 20, 2017)

As the sun painted the Slovenian sky on the 20th of May 2017, a new chapter in my solo adventure unfolded. A twist in the tale awaited me at the hostel as my roommate, with newfound plans to journey to Vienna with a companion he had met the night before, expressed his departure. A solo road trip lay ahead, and although momentarily disheartened by the prospect of bearing the costs alone, I embraced the challenge with an unwavering spirit.

A Solo Affair: The Morning After

The morning sunlight cast a golden glow on the city as I bid farewell to my erstwhile companion. Despite the sudden shift in plans, I steeled myself with positivity, recognizing the opportunity for self-discovery that solo travel brings. After all, every twist in the journey adds a unique note to the symphony of adventure.

Breakfast Bliss: A Solo Feast for the Soul

In the heart of Ljubljana, I found solace in one of the nearby cafes, treating myself to a breakfast feast. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the indulgence in local delicacies became a ritual of self-care, a moment to savor the essence of solo exploration.

Embracing Predjama Castle: A Date with History

With a fueled spirit and a satiated appetite, I checked out of the hostel, setting my compass towards Predjama Castle. The road beckoned, promising tales of history and architectural marvels. Along the way, I reached out to Gigi, a fellow traveler, to synchronize our plans. Serendipitously, she too was on a private tour, and the castle would be our rendezvous point.

Read All About It: Predjama Castle and Postojna Caves Adventure

The anticipation built as I headed towards Predjama Castle, a fortress clinging to the side of a cliff. Read about this captivating chapter of my solo journey in the blog dedicated to the Predjama Castle and Postojna Caves. Click [here](insert link) to immerse yourself in the wonder of this Slovenian escapade.

As the day unfolded, so did the layers of my solo adventure. Each step resonated with the rhythm of self-discovery and the boundless potential that solo travel holds. Stay tuned for more tales from the road, where every twist is a brushstroke on the canvas of my Slovenian odyssey.


``Cobblers Bridge``

``Dragon bridge``

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