Interview with Nancy Hromin: “My parents are from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and my first visit at the age of seven captivated me. Every subsequent visit cemented in my heart how much I love this proud little nation. This tiny country has so much resilience, pride and positivity.
We sailed the Croatian coast last year with five other families which also coincided with the World Cup Football. The pride and joy with which the Croatians celebrated every win (and that one loss), with such upbeat energy, really affected my view of the world and the impact positive emotions have on our well being. Croatia’s President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, is a shining light of how politicians should aspire to be.
Nancy’s top tip for holidaying in Croatia
Sailing down the Dalmatian coast is a must. It is truly spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful. The number-one tip is to sail from Zadar to Sibenik down to Split, rather than from Split to Dubrovnik which is a well-worn path and much more crowded. It is also significantly cheaper to hire boats and Captains (if you don’t sail yourself).
Something she always packs when she travels
I never leave home without a couple of novels – not on a kindle but proper paperbacks. I love the kinaesthetic nature of books and, when travelling alone, they are a great companion while eating lunch or dinner.
A destination on her bucket list, for future travels
I would love to do a Scandinavian trip and go to Denmark, Sweden and Finland -a design tour. What’s not to love about Scandi design and to be immersed in a trip focusing on architecture and design is my idea of bliss. Of course, the progressive views on education and their philosophies are very appealing and for me, travel is all about broadening our world views.
A travel disaster – or near-miss – which stays in her mind
A few years ago, we went on a family holiday to Europe. On what I thought was our second last day in Paris, my son Julian, who was 12 at the time, started to question when we were leaving and saying the dates don’t align for him to get back to school on time. We dismissed his concerns with commentary like, “Stay present, here we are in Paris”, and “Don’t worry, we will check our tickets when we get back from dinner”. Of course, he was right and his mathematical mind had calculated the time differences and zones accurately. We missed the flights and because the Olympics were on in London, the Tour de France had commenced, and it was end of school holidays, there were no flights for 10 days, other than some extremely expensive front-of-plane tickets for all of us. Needless to say, Jules is now in charge of getting us to the airport on time.
About Nancy Hromin
Nancy Hromin is Editor at large for the travel industry bible, Travel Weekly Au.
An organisational consultant by background, Nancy also oversees the strategy for the travel group of the Misfits Media Company, as well as running her own consulting practice. This includes coaching CEOs and executives on building their company’s purpose, vision and values and helping companies create great places to work.