If you haven’t heard of Carolin Pilligrath otherwise known by her instagram handle as @breathingtravel she’s a travel influencer you should be adding to your ‘follow’ list. Not only does Carolin take a beautiful pic but there’s a real authentic vibe to her blog and her captions. She’s not adding a thousand filters to her photos, she’s impartial to a rosé and we’re pretty sure that she knows the hidden gems that you’d want to go to.
In 2014, she quit her job, left her flat, sold her belongings and became a full-time traveller #goals. When she’s not going a thousand miles an hour, you can find her relaxing in Fiji! Well not really, but she’s been there and we were dying to pick her brain on what to do and where to go.
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What made you want to travel to Fiji
Who doesn’t dream of tropical beaches, swaying palm trees, crystal-clear water and snorkelling with colourful fish? Before I went, everyone told me Fiji would present me with a mix of culture, great food, natural beauty and luxury, and it was exactly that and more. Plus, it’s not far from Australia.
Favourite places to stay in Fiji... Which Island and why?
There are so many amazing spots in Fiji but surely I loved Treasure Island with its beautiful bungalows and you can walk around the island in like 20 minutes. Then, sit by the beach or pool and sip a cocktail and watch the stunning sunset. Life can be so simple. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! And of course, Castaway Island, because who didn’t watch the movie with Tom Hanks?
What are your Fiji top picks?
Going on a day cruise around the islands and jumping off the boat to the snorkel with the many fish schools, you won’t want to know where to look first! The visit to Robinson Crusoe Island brought me Fijian culture a little closer. I also went diving through caves and along stunning wall drops, I reckon those are some of the best and most colourful diving spots in the world.
Favourite Fiji travel moment?
It’s so easy to feel completely relaxed when travelling to Fiji. It’s a combination of nature, atmosphere, friendly locals and beautiful places to stay. I think Fiji makes it really easy to balance both activities with relaxation.
What were you most surprised about when you went to Fiji?
The people! They make you feel so incredibly welcome and always sing and dance and are just happy. It’s contagious!
5 days, 7 days or 10 days? What would you recommend to other travellers?
Definitely 7 days or more if possible, as you will want to explore some of the islands – and there are truly so many choices! Plus, it takes a while to get out there by boat, so don’t underestimate travel times even though everything looks so close on the map.
Advice/tips for people heading to Fiji for the first time?
Don’t over plan but take it easy and go with the Fiji flow. At night, I would always take a taxi rather than walk. Also, the culture in Fiji is rather conservative, so make sure you bring clothes that cover shoulders and knees when you’re outside the resorts. This will also protect you from mossies and sunburn.
Any things that you didn’t get to do while you were there but would have loved to?
There are still plenty of islands I would love to visit. I also only spent one night on the main island in Nadi and heard there is a lot more to see as you drive around it.
What’s next on your travel bucket list?
I am longing to explore more Pacific Islands such as New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Samoa, as well as another trip back to Southeast Asia and Europe next year.