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Off the Radar Travel Interview – Slovakia!

Meet the sixth traveller in our series Interviews on Off the Radar Travel Destinations! Last we spoke to Inshra and Omar on their travels to Colombia, South America

This week, we have with us – Lucia and Lukas – teacher and lawyer, passionate about travelling and baking. Originally from Slovakia, Lucia has lived in Germany, Ireland and Czech republic and is currently living with her boyfriend Lukas in Sheffield, England since July 2014. They will be talking to us about highlights of travelling in their own country Slovakia!


Tell us a bit about yourselves and your travels

Hi, we are Lucia and Lukas and we have been together for over 5 years. We met when Lucia started her university studies in teaching English as a foreign language. When we met , Lukas was already studying law. In summer 2014, we decided to move to another country to earn some language skills, experiences and if possible money so we can have better life in Slovakia if we go back. We absolutely love travelling and have been to Italy, Norway and Slovenia together.

Tell us about life and people in Slovakia

Slovakia will always be our home. We often think of moving back to Slovakia, however life there is not easy. Ever since I (Lucia) started working in a primary school with Slovakian Roma community, British children keep asking me where I am from and they can´t believe when I tell them I am from Slovakia. They tell me I look different from other Slovakian kids. Many people think Slovakians are dark, loud and cause problems. The truth is that 90% of Slovakians look just like me. Another fact is that there is a really huge percentage of people with a university degree in Slovakia, and this causes many problems as there is a large percentage of unemployment as people are often overqualified and not many people are interested in doing vocational jobs. It is sad that qualified, young people can´t get a job and they have to move to another country to earn money to live there better.


Kopce, Slovakia

Tell out travels in Slovakia

Slovakia is absolutely stunning! I really don´t understand why tourists don´t come to Slovakia more. I hope this article will influence you 🙂 The natural scenery in Slovakia is absolutely phenomenal. We have High Tatras with the highest peak of 2,655 metres (8,711 ft). We have amazing castles, natural spas and karsts.



Lucia is from Banska Bystrica, located in the middle of Slovakia which has an amazing leaning tower and beautiful mountains and ski resorts around it. Lukáš comes from the very south of Slovakia ,not far from Hungarian borders so it is pretty easy to get to Budapest in less than 2 hours by train. To be honest we haven´t seen much of eastern Slovakia but we are planning to.


Bratislava Castle


Bratislava Theatre

Is it easy to get around the whole country travelling via public transport? Easy to find accommodation?
Travelling by public transport is very cheap, mainly for tourists. There are buses, trains which can take you wherever you need. It is pretty easy to travel around Slovakia, however I think the drivers and staff around buses and trains can´t speak much English and directions in English are very hard to find.

I think it is quite easy to find accommodation, there are hotels like Hilton or Holiday Inn or in some villages and smaller towns you can find family businesses which offer accommodation. I think the prices are quite low for foreigners.




Banska _ Bystrica

What are your personal favourite activities to do in Slovakia?

Slovakia is a country of four seasons. In spring you can see flowers and grass growing, in summer it is often 30+ degrees Celsius, in autumn the trees and mountains turn red and yellow and in winter you can do skiing or ice-skating and often the temperature can be up to -10 or less. During summer we love swimming in local lakes or swimming pools. In winter I (Lucia) go skiing as there are many ski resorts around my home town or we just love falling into the meadow full of snow and throwing snowballs on each other 🙂 We love walking a lot. There are not many parks in Slovakia like here in England however the nature around the cities and villages is really impressive so we don´t need any artificial parks in the cities.




Bankska Bystrica View


What were some of your favourite dishes/food there?
Oh we definitely miss Slovakian bread and Slovakian beer and kofola! Kofola is something like Coke but mixed with coffee flavour. We miss our mums´ cuisines of course and we love halušky, our national dish made of potatoes and sheep cheese sprinkled with bacon.



What’s next on the horizon for your travels?
When we were in Slovakia in November we managed to get our passports. Therefore we would like to see more places in Europe, maybe in the summer. In 2015 the plan is to go to Portugal, Ireland and hopefully Norway again as we are big fans of Norway!
To learn more about Lucia and Lukas’s travels on other countries and life in England visit their website:




The Selim Family Raasta

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  • Corinne says: June 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Samiya, I loved this interview! We’re heading to Slovakia in just a few weeks. I’m so excited!

    • says: June 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      That’s wonderful! Look forward to reading your travel stories there 🙂

  • Vlad says: June 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Slovakia is so beautiful, I can’t believe I haven’t been yet. Need to change this asap!

    • says: June 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Same here 🙂 We need to get there as well! Looks beautiful!

  • Lyn - A Hole in my Shoe says: June 28, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Great read, I agree with Lucia and Lukas Slovakia is absolutely stunning. We saw the red and yellow of Autumn.

    • says: June 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Nice! Autumn colours sound lovely! Would love to see it for ourselves too 🙂

  • Jolanta | Casual Traveler says: June 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

    What a great post! Good luck to Lucia and Lukas in their travels, and with possible move back to Slovakia, if they choose to do so. Slovakian Tatras are absolutely gorgeous! I hiked there long time ago, but still remember the beauty. Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie Baird says: June 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Great post. It’s nice to hear about great travel options in a country we hear less about. I would love to visit Slovakia!

  • Linda @ As We Saw It says: June 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    We just returned from a 2-week river cruise and had the opportunity to visit Slovakia for the first time. We visited a winery in Godolo at the foot of the Little Carpathian Mountains … enjoyed one of the best wines we’ve ever had. Eastern Europe has fabulous wines and Slovakia is definitely no exception.

    Bratislava surprised us too. We had a great time wandering its streets and photographing the quirky bronze statues that we found here and there. Can’t wait to go back and see more of the country.

  • Katja - globetotting says: June 29, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Slovakia really does look beautiful! I have previously never even considered it in a travel itinerary but I think this might have changed my mind!

  • Kath says: June 29, 2015 at 2:05 am

    What a cool place to visit. Hope to get to Europe again in the next few years.

  • Tamara says: June 29, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Halusky looks yummy!! My father’s family was from Czechloslovakia so I’d love to visit this region at some point and discover some of my roots.

  • Victoria@celebratetheweekend says: June 30, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Very interesting interview, lots of information but also personal emotions. After reading some of these posts, I have a new interest in former Yugoslavian republics, including Slovakia.

  • Lindsay Nieminen says: July 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    What a beautiful looking country. it has not been on my radar but it is now! Great Interview!

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