Jure Snoj is the creator and editor at Call of Travel, a blog aimed at introducing readers to spectacular landscapes, cuisines from around the world and socioeconomic concern and aspects of places around the globe.
If not traveling, what is your 9-5 life like?
I’m currently enjoying an indefinite break from a 9-5 life :). My wife and I have just recently relocated to India, having worked and lived in Qatar for the past four and a half years. In Qatar, we worked for a business magazine, she as the editor in chief and me as the online editor & digital lead. We are currently figuring out what our next stage in life will be, so given the free time I (and I’m trying to drag my wife into this blogging thing as well) am focusing on my travel blog – Call of Travel. Our next travels will definitely be around India, as although I’ve been here eight times before, there are just so much places still to be discovered. The blog will therefore see quite a lot more material about the country popping up.
Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?
Honestly I can’t remember any particular enlightening moment that made me travel for the first time. What keeps inspiring me is the need to break away from the routine and go into the unknown. Also for me it’s the unexpected that makes travel special.
How have you changed your life to travel more?
Travel is always a priority for me, I’m addicted to it and just like any self-respecting junkie, I will do anything to make sure I get my fix :). I’ve gone through different stages in my life when it comes to finances. I’ve done extreme budget travel as a student – think 10 days of Costa Rica for 250 Euros, 14 days of Corse, France for 200 Euros, 7 days of Croatia for 70 Euros. Those are some of the best travel memories I have! Then I became a bit better off and my style of travel changed somewhat. Here I need to highlight that I come from Slovenia, so while it’s not a poor country, we don’t exactly enjoy Western standards of income. I could afford to travel somewhere far away once a year. I suck at saving money, so I usually took a loan and then gradually paid it back. It was still budget, just not to the extreme that I described above. Later on I moved to Qatar and salaries are quite high there, which afforded me with more flexibility and I started taking my sister and mother along. Currently I’m living off my savings, so naturally I’m again more careful with regards to how I travel.
How has travel changed your life?
It’s been an evolving thing, not a crazy revelation or radical change from one particular trip I’ve been on. Every time I go travel somewhere new, I understand more about various societies and places around the world and that changes me, to an extent, every single time. If I were to pinpoint a big change in my life connected to travel, it was moving from Slovenia to Qatar to live and work there. A higher income afforded me with pretty much unrestricted travel (apart from time constraints) and most importantly of it all, I met my wife Priya there. I wouldn’t be here typing these words if it wasn’t for me accepting a job offer, moving to Qatar and then eventually to Mangalore, India.
What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog?
I’m still kind of finding my way with the blog, so you’ll find the articles can be categorized into inspirational, practical and informative categories. I’m mostly interested in spectacular landscapes, cuisines and socioeconomic aspects and issues of the places I visit. So sometimes you’ll find me straying into topics that might not be seen on your typical travel blog. One of those will definitely be the upcoming series about Qatar. Now that we have moved out of the country, a lot of things can be told without being worried about getting into the clutches of the authorities there.
This or That:
Backpack or rolling suitcase? Backpack
Cities or Open Spaces? Open spaces
Salty or sweet? Salty
Sandals or Snow Boots? Sandals
Comedy or Drama? Drama
You can contact Jure via social media or his blog.