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Adejoke Jagunna  🌍World Traveler πŸ‹πŸΎβ€β™€οΈAmateur Yogi/ Health Junkie 🍝🍷Food & wine Lover πŸ“Zagreb Croatia πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»www.bellajoyatravels.com πŸ“₯bellajoyatravels@gmail.com

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One of them is not a father .... yet 😊
Happy Father's Day to my favorite men. 😍😍😍😍😍

I spent my last day in Croatia exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site with 16 interconnected lakes and is only about a 2 hour drive from the capital city of Zagreb. We spent about 4.5 hours in this park and honestly I could have spent another 4. It's beautiful, and exciting, and rugged. The different lakes change colors from blue to green to grey and all shades in between
One second you are passing by a thundering waterfall and a few meters ahead is a calm and peaceful lake, it was truly mesmerizing.
My favorite part was walking over these uneven pathways made of Woden planks nailed together but passing directly over rushing water... so a lot of pathways I felt like I was walking on water πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I mean the rushing sound was a natural high I couldn't get over. In my head I kept plotting my escape route in the event one of the logs fell apart and I found myself deep in ice cold water πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Luckily the logs stayed intact, our guide was amazing and the company was even better.
My night ended off with an amazing evening of really good Croatian wine and traditional food with two ladies from my tour. I learned soo much from listening to them ( even though I talked their ears off πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).They were super sweet, impacted some life long wisdom, shared some of their stories with me and inspired me to continue to see the world and allow myself the time and space to grow into my own woman.
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I visited Krka National Park today and let me tell you.. pictures do it no justice.
Finally getting a little worn out from all the travel and currently fighting a cold 😩😩 I was supposed to be head home in 2 days but somehow I mixed up my flight days and won't be leaving for another 4 days 😩😩😩😩 No point wasting the extra days though It will be a good time to catch up with nature and hopefully I feel a bit better and will attempt to visit the #1 most popular national park in Croatia.
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The last couple of weeks have been amazing and this trip has turned out to be one of the best decisions.
I am grateful to be alive, in good health, and with a great support system of family and friends who continue to love and support me.

I am very excited for 27 and cannot wait for what this new year brings. Praying for even more years of adventure and blessings.
Usually I express myself a little better but words are failing me today and the best I could come up with is that 'My heart is full' 😊😊😊😊😊 Happy Birthday to me πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
My 27th year is going to be one for the books...

I took a day trip to Montenegro and it was absolutely stunning. Shout out to @adventurouskate I read her blog posts of Croatia and Montenegro so many times I had to do it and I must say it did not disappoint.
It's my last night in Dubrovnik and y'all I had such an amazing night. Met an amazing couple from Brazil during the trip to Montenegro. Watched a beautiful sunset,
then ended up at a wine bar called D'vino (another recommendation of @adventurouskate ) which was this mad cool bar with just good vibes.

I spent about 3 hours chatting with an amazing group of complete strangers... and I could not have asked for a better end to my Dubrovnik visit.
Oh and somehow my favorite trusty bikini top back hook broke halfway into the night πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚granted iv had it for a few years and have gotten my money's worth but I didn't even care because the group of strangers I was bonding with had such a great connection a broken bra was not gonna get in the way. !!! Eastern Europe is surprising me in the best way.
I am headed to Split tomorrow while trying to come up with the best way to spend my birthday πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ hopefully it involves something adventurous and fun !! Whoop !!!! #2017adventures #2017travels #travelblogger #bellajoya #bellajoyatravels #bellajoyawashere #bellajoyaineurope #bellajoyaincroatia #montenegro #bellajoyainmontenegro #bellajoyainnyc #blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #blackgirltravel #wegotooworld #shetravels #nigerianstraveltoo #nigeriantraveller

I always wanted to see the world.. I just did not know how and if it was even possible in the life that was 'expected' of me. Expected not just by family or society but in many way expectations I had put on myself.
I knew I always wanted to see the world but I did not know how. How do I make the time with my busy work schedule? how does seeing the world affect the relationships I am cultivating? What if I miss out on something great because I am out seeing the world? I also didn't want to see the world all on my own.... I always imagined I would do it with a partner, so I waited.
Even after I started traveling solo I kept it safe.. I didn't go to certain places because I thought .... 'oh this place would be perfect for me and my partner' oh this is a honeymoon location and not somewhere you go solo. Oh perfect location for a family vacation .. Life has a way of kicking you straight in the gut if you ignore all the subtle nudges like I was doing. Losing my cousin earlier this year shook my entire being and changed the definition of what I thought was important.
Don't get me wrong I had my trip already scheduled, and I started 2017 with goals I was actively working towards but all along I kept doubting myself. I kept looking for all the reasons it as a bad idea. I kept waiting for the magic moment that would make it ok. It's like subconsciously I needed permission from something or someone to truly be me and live the life I wanted.
I don't have answers to any of the questions that keep me up at night and I don't expect them to come to me in the next 2 weeks. What I do know is the what ifs were just excuses to stay in my comfort zone. The what ifs were all the reasons I gave myself because I was scared. The what ifs were the stories I told myself because the alternative was not something I wanted to challenge myself with, and that has been my biggest mistake.
I have no idea how long I have left on this earth but I do know tomorrow is not guaranteed. So instead of waiting for everything to fall in place, instead of putting my life on hold, instead of all the what ifs I am finally giving myself permission to live the life I truly want.

Thick thighs, golden skin, and these beautiful handmade leather sandals I got made while in Positano, Italy.

I got to Santorini early this morning but honestly I feel like shit. I think it's a combination of constantly being on the go the last couple of days, lack of sleep thanks to early monthly flights and don't get me started on all the cigarettes smoke. It is killing me !! Anyway today I slept.. Tomorrow the adventure begins.
Ps: totally random but ran into a couple I briefly met in Rome ( aka the couple who took the picture from my last post because strangers with good camera skills are a solo travelers best friend πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) Turns out we are staying in the same hotel here in Santorini πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. They probably think I'm stalking them for more pictures .. #solotravel #solotraveler #solofemaletraveler #travelstruggles #bellajoya #bellajoyatravels #bellajoyawashere #bellajoyainGreece #bellajoyainsantorini #santorini

Yesterday was all about exploring Acropolis Hill. I won't even front like I have the slightest clue about Greek History but exploring the hill and hearing about ancient time is so cool.
The Pantheon is very impressive and you could just imagine what it would have looked like back in the day.
I didn't realize how much I enjoy exploring ruins and museums till this trip. I legit just wander around till my feet give up.
Today I am exploring Acropolis Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, and any other museums I stumble upon.
Last minute I tagged along with some folks from my hostel and we climbed a nearby hill to go watch the sunset yesterday evening . It was just beautiful (check out my IG stories or snaps for a glimpse) 'Ill be spending the night at the airport and then headed to my next destination ... Can you guess where ? It is still in Greece but I'll be laying on a beach and getting just a little more golden.. #shetravels #shetravelsluxe #wegotooworld #femaletravel #solofemaletraveler #bellajoya #bellajoyainGreece #bellajoyawashere #bellajoyatravels #2017travels
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The Amalfi Coast.
I've wanted to visit since I first saw a picture on IG years ago. Today I finally got the chance.
Let me explain.. I've shared pretty much every day of my trip since I left home 12 days ago; Today though ... I wanted to experience this alone. So yes I was selfish and I did not snap or do any IG stories ... I promise you the snaps would have done it no justice and it would have been a disservice to the Amalfi coast and to you.
Today is my last full day in Italy and it was a quiet day for me. I truly immersed myself in the day and left with no regrets. I ate more pasta, indulged in a big scoop of limoncello gelato ( listen ... I was so happy eating this .... I was beaming like a little girl , skipping, hands swinging πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it was hilarious )

Italy is slowing becoming my favorite country ..... 😍😍 #bellajoya #nigeriantraveller #travelblogger #blacktravelfeed #blackgirltravel #bellajoyatravels #bellajoyawashere #bellajoyainitaly #amalficoast #blogger #blackgirltravel #bellajoyaineurope #2017travels #2017adventure #solotravel #solotraveler #solofemaletraveler #femaletravel #travelnoire #shetravelsluxe #shetravels

Glow Baby Glow

I made it in time to catch the sun going down.
Greetings from Sant'Agnello Italy ... 😍😍😍 Now if I can just figure out how to keep these mosquitoes away 😩😩😩. Turns out I am 'allergic' to them but apparently they love me .. Off course I left my bug spray at home because it wasn't carryon size and I mean duhhh .. I'm not going to the tropics πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚... wrong !! Don't be like me.
Now taking any mosquito repellent tips you may have... #bellajoyatravels #bellajoya
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