If you happen to be visiting the heart of Europe, be sure to check out scintillating Slovenia. With its attractive coasts, booming economy, friendly people, and mountainous resorts, it has put itself on the world map of international tourists. With a total population of just over 2 million and stretching upon an area of 20,273 square kilometres, it is helmed by the vibrant capital city of Ljubljana. So, without further ado, let us explore the top six things to know before visiting the country of the proud Slovenes.
Not exactly the best of news to start off with, but Slovenia is quite an expensive country when compared to its neighbours. Having adopted the Euro, it has managed to outrun other contestants in prices sooner than expected. If you are visiting the coastal region, you will find that things are even nastier in terms of affordability. Consequently, the “coast-price ratio” applies here as well: the closer you are to the sea, the heftier the burden for your wallet. Mind your budget and fret not, for it is not as demanding as Australia (wink).
2. Language barriers:
Ok, so before we talk about the basics, know that English is the language that European people use when their languages do not match characteristics. If you are an outsider and you have no clue how to approach a local, you are probably going to use English as well. This, fortunately, would become a successful endeavour since most Slovenians speak it quite well. The younger generation is more versed, as always, but even the more elderly people who speak only Slovenian will understand you. This is quite interesting as few countries can boast with such cognitive compatibility as Slovenia – the people there read you as though you were an open book (wink). Another tip: if you happen to speak Italian or Hungarian, you can try your luck with those as they are accepted as co-official languages spoken by significant minority groups.
Slovenia is a pretty easy country to learn if you are considering your tipping manners. Tips are not included in bills and thus, waiters and other servicemen complete their salaries with the extras that people leave them. For this particular reason, leaving a 10% extra is more than customary: it has become a must. If the service was outstanding, you should go as far as parting with a 15% extra (though larger sums will not be rejected, that is the highest that most people go). Hotel staff should also be tipped if the service was good and taxi fares should be rounded up. Asking for change in a cab in Slovenia is considered extremely rude, so pay attention!
4. Green haven:
If you are visiting Slovenia for its natural grandeur, then we completely understand you for it is one of the top destinations that include mountainous regions, coasts and deep forests all in one. If you are looking for a typical Alpine experience, however, Slovenia can prove itself at least as fun as Italy or Switzerland, so brave the north! Oh, and while you’re exploring the Slovenian wonders of Mother Earth, make sure you visit Lake Bled as well – you are not going to regret it (wink)!
Slovenia is so intricately positioned that it has multiple climate zones within its bounds. For example, the north (as mentioned above) is a more mountainous region where a colder weather shall make itself felt right away. The coastal region basks in a smooth Mediterranean climate whilst the central areas are all bound to a continental feel. Summers are usually milder, though, then in other Mediterranean regions and the Alpine winters are cold. Always keep an eye on the seasons of the Northern Hemisphere and pack what you need (depending on what parts of the country you are visiting).
6. Distances and transportation:
Slovenia, no doubt, will feel like a small and cosy community to most travellers as the people are warm and distances are objectively not that great. In spite of that, locals tend to believe that they are. For this particular reason, if a Slovenian tells you that you have to go far to get something, it will likely be at a walking distance. If it is truly not that close, then make sure that you buy a public transportation card from those green machines as they are not purchasable from bus drivers (and nor are tickets).
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