Hello! My name is Kamila Napora but everyone calls me Kami. I’m more than happy to see you visiting my blog and I hope you will enjoy your stay here. If you have any questions about places I’ve visited, especially travelling to Central Europe or former USSR, or just want to say “hi!” you’re more than welcome to contact me!
Ever since I was a small girl and since I remember I was travelling. My parents used to drag me first around Poland and then, around Europe. Each summer was spent visiting mountains, seaside, lakes, cities and so many other beautiful places. That gave me a serious travel bug that is getting worse and worse with time…
My first solo trip took place before my 18th birthday when I went to visit a friend in Austria and came back home via Slovakia (with some minor adventures on the way). It gave me the courage and confidence for solo traveling and pushed me to travel to more faraway places. Almost 20 years and over 70 countries later I find myself travelling more than ever!
After seeing every country in Europe I started travelling further away. My first exotic country was China in 2012. Since then I’ve been to 5 continents and visited places I hadn’t even dared to dream of seeing. The majority of my trips are solo – not because I’m antisocial (quite contrary, actually…) but because I value my independence on the road way too much. Still, the journey I remember the most are those when I met amazing people who often are still part of my life (like the one to Israel or Georgia).
Over the years my interests have changed a lot. At first I was all about Western Europe, now I find it kind of boring and my travel choices focus on Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, former USSR and Middle East. That’s also where you will most likely see me travelling. I remember my first visit in Romania in 2010 when I was almost shaking with fear, now all those unknown and off the path countries feel completely normal to me. I even went solo to Iran and found it one of the safest countries ever! At some point I got really into street art and alternative culture and I always try to find those kind of places during my travel. And even if I don’t try, I keep bumping into them anyway. I’m also very much interested in architecture, especially from the 20th-century. In each place I visit I need to find a cosy cafe that I can later on recommend here.
Despite what people think I do work, full time, and travel only in my free time. It takes a lot of determination and organization skills to balance both worlds but at the end it’s totally worth the effort! Here you can read more on how to have a full time job and travel the world.
When not travelling you will find me in Warsaw, Poland – a city I used to have a difficult relation with but now adore with passion. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to live in, it has everything I need: great cafes and pubs, decent alternative culture, lots of street art and green spaces and the best friends I could imagine! With so many connections and really good offers every other day I can’t think of a better base for traveler interested in destinations I like.
About the blog
This blog was founded in July 2012. At first I started writing for my friends abroad who wanted to know more about my travels (hence the blog is in English). Very quickly I got more readers, interested in unusual destinations I tend to visit, alternative culture and solo female travels. And that’s what I enjoy to write about the most, encouraging fellow travelers to go off the path and showing women that traveling solo isn’t as scary as it seems! I want to introduce you to places you most likely never considered worth visiting, break stereotypes about misunderstood destinations and talk about difficult histories and issues around the world. This is not another travel blog with unicorns and rainbows, it’s much more than that! But I do enjoy sharing with you all the travel tips and beautiful pictures too!
To see the list of places I’ve been to please visit “Destinations” page. In the lower menu you have links to all the countries I’ve written about on the blog, divided into continents or parts of Europe; there’s also map with all the posts. You’re welcome to message me with your questions/comments or just to say hi, you can find my contact information here. If you’re interested in partnership please visit “Work with me” page.
Thank you for being here with me! Happy travelling!