Monday, 21 June 2021

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. This is a female person who does not reside in the county.

On a positive note five people made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, one from Trpanj and one person who does not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 381 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 76,661 samples have been analysed.

Five people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

142 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, eight cases of violation of the self-isolation measure (all at the border) have been recorded.

Adriatic SeaChange is pleased (and a little proud) to announce their schedule of events for Digital Nomads in Dubrovnik for June 2021. They are opening the summer with a varied range of events for digital nomads, and indeed guests to the region.

Their ambitious five-month long program of events this year aims to highlight the very best that the Dubrovnik region has to offer, allowing their digital nomads to dive deep into the traditions and cultures, as well as making memories that will last for a life time. They’ll take all guests on a journey of discovery through the hidden gems and open their eyes to a new side of the region. “From small acorns oak trees can grow. This whole idea started with a relatively small event we held in Dubrovnik. They wanted to channel the massive promotion for the city from these digital nomads into a long-term sustainable project. And private businesses have been quick to recognise the added value and join in,” said co-founder of the Dubrovnik based agency, Barbara Loncaric Lucic.

Adriatic SeaChange specialises in a different kind of tourism, offering relocation, accommodation and lifestyle services for remote workers and digital nomads worldwide, combining the founders’ experience in tourism with knowledge of the legal systems and processes in Croatia to make living and working remotely in Croatia possible for pretty much anyone. And now they've opened up a whole new range of activities for the nomads in the region, they're spreading the love across the county.

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“In spite of the challenging times in which we find ourselves we’ve succeeded in putting together a comprehensive event package this summer. We are combining the very best of local knowledge with international flavour,” said Barbara Loncaric Lucic.

All of the events that they've organised throughout the year concentrate on the core values as an agency – these core values are based around offering nomads a truly local experience, allowing them, with correct guidance, to dive into Croatia. This core value is enhanced by making sure that all events are sustainable, environmentally friendly and responsible.

And for the inaugural month they've included a special package of events to cover World Wellbeing Week with their digital nomads, Gillie Sutherland from the UK. “When positive minds and creative people come together you can move mountains. It’s amazing what we’ve achieved and the feedback from my international clientele has been overwhelming, this is such a great advert for the city and everyone involved should feel so proud,” stated Sutherland.

A special week-long set of happenings based around a journey through the elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space! World Wellbeing Week will be marked in Dubrovnik with a bang! “This will be the first time ever in Dubrovnik that World Wellbeing Week has been celebrated and we’re excited to team up with so many businesses and hotels in the city, this really shows the advantages of local co-operation into an international project,” added Barbara Loncaric Lucic.

They also have a rather interesting day out on the island of Lokrum (with a twist) and a unique insight into the production of olives (yes, oil will be available).

And to bring the whole summer long program to a larger audience Adriatic SeaChange have joined forces with the leading website T-Portal and regular updates and articles from Dubrovnik will be published. All events, news and photos will be published on the website digitalnomads.hr which covers themes exclusively for digital nomads, as well as the T-Portal platform, There is no Plan(et) B which covers ecological, wellbeing and sustainable living themes.

Some highlights of this year’s event calendar include – Adriatic Island-Hopping in which nomads would not only be able to visit the Elpahite Islands but also to help clean beaches. Nomad Table – participants would first visit the fields where the fruit and vegetables are grown, pick them and then be served a traditional meal. Show Cooking Dubrovnik Style – a leading chef would show our nomads how to prepare a traditional Dubrovnik dish. And then the participants would try the same dish as part of a meal. Gems of Vardia – the production of olives where nomads could actually pick the olives and see the production of oil. Safari Neretva Style – getting a different perspective of the nature of the Neretva delta. In Vino Veritas – the wines of Peljesac. From harvesting the grapes to the actual production.

And much, much more. Every month they’ll release a new program so that participants can prepare their diary. It’s going to be a busy summer in the Dubrovnik region, so join them on a journey.

 

Digital Discovery of Dubrovnik 2021 – Events in June

Saturday 12th June

Gems of Vardia

Production of olive oil and cultivating olives in Župa – presentation from the host and chance to learn olive oil process. Prepare to learn how to cultivate olive and vineyard (with olive oil and wine tasting) in the biggest classroom on the world – open air nature surroundings of Dubrovnik. You will touch and feel olive and vine leaves and branches while you enjoying fresh air and calm surroundings.

Price 200 Kuna per person

Saturday 19th June

Lokrum – an island of mystery

Guided tour to the island of Lokrum with adventure game and light lunch – entrance to the island and ferry included. (limited to 12 people – on a first come first served basis)

Price 300 Kuna per person

For more information of the events and to make your reservations please contact

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WORLD WELLBEING WEEK DUBROVNIK

A Journey Through the Elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space!

Monday 21st June SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION 7:00pm-9:00pm

Yoga, Music, Meditation at Sunset to celebrate the longest day and the start of summer

With Gillie Sutherland at Park Orsula

Price 110 Kuna per person

Tuesday 22nd June FIND YOUR ZEN THROUGH EARTHING 8:30 – 10:30am

Mindful walking with Qi Gong and Grounding techniques

Find your feet whilst exploring the natural surroundings of Lapad

Starting from Rixos Hotel with Gillie Sutherland and Domagoj Hum

Price 75 Kuna per person

Wednesday 23rd June GO WITH THE FLOW SUP SAFARI IN CAVTAT 2:00pm-5:00pm

A paddle boarding adventure on the Adriatic, exploring the bays around Cavtat.

With full instruction, warm up and cool down and even some yoga on the boards.

With Watersports Centre Cavtat and Gillie Sutherland

Price 250 Kuna per person

Thursday 24th June 7:00-8:30am

Salute The Sun Yoga and Meditation at Valamar Argosy Hotel in Dubrovnik

An energising and uplifting flow yoga session to bring in the sunrise overlooking the Adriatic Sea on the Lapad peninsula.

Followed by juices, smoothies and optional breakfast (additional charge).

Price 60 Kuna per person

Thursday 24th June FIRE IN YOUR BELLY PLAY DAY All day

A day of sports and games at Rixos Hotel

Cardio Tennis, Kids Multi-sports, Table Tennis, Billiards and the Croatian beach game Picigin

15.30 - 17h Kids tennis, introduction to tennis, fun multi-sport games, polygons (4 - 18 years)

17 - 18.30h Cardio tennis, adults, recreational tennis, fun singles and doubles games, basics, intermedium, advanced levels, everyone is welcome

19h - old fashion Croatian beach game Picigin + evening swim (Bellevue beach)

20h - ping pong, air hockey

21h - billiards (carom, pool, mini snooker, Tesla's and Einstein's billiards stories), big table football

With Domagoj Hum

110 Kuna per person

Friday 25th June A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN ZUPA 7:30am – 1:00pm

Strong, Healthy and Happy - Movement, Meditation, Breathwork and Mindset for a healthy immune system based on the Wim Hof Method at Elixir Vitae Studio with Gillie and Marija

Price 100 Kuna per person

The Medicine Garden – Healing Herbs and Dalmatian Cookery Workshop with Mikkis Croatian Kitchen (includes lunch)

Price 330 Kuna per person

Saturday 26th BREATHE, HIKE, BE 7:30 – 11:30am

Guided hike to the top of Mount Srd with Qi Gong and Yoga at the top

Meeting Point at the bottom of the trail off the D8 (or transfers on request at an additional charge)

With Domagoj Hum and Gillie Sutherland

Price 110 Kuna per person

Followed by optional group lunch at additional charge

For more info and reservations for all events in the World Wellbeing Week

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Aah, Mljet.

I can barely bring myself to leave.

If the legend is true, then I can fully understand why Odysseus ended up spending 7 years here, for the stunning Emerald Isle has kept me captive for way longer than I had intended. I was due to leave yesterday, then I re-scheduled to this morning, and as things stand, I have missed 4 ferries today.

I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something.

Oh yes, that’s it…. “I don’t want to leave!”.

Every time I get closer to the ferry port, I see a new turn in the road, and even if it’s marked as a dead end, I know it won’t be. It’ll just be another slice of Mljet magic for me to enjoy, and further delay going home.

There’s been magic at every turn, and that’s because on day 1, I decided to ditch all my plans and just go with the flow. I just love that space in time of “nothingness”, just a blank sheet to fill up with who-knows-what, and Mljet is the perfect place for this.

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As the charming man at the Tourist Information Centre in Polace tells me - 

“There’s a space for everyone by the lake”.

Of course it’s not just the lakes, which form part of the National Park, the whole island is an abundance of space, and untouched natural beauty. No need to get down early to reserve your sunbed, no need to worry about imposing on anyone else’s territory. You just find your own spot, just for you.

It turns out my space is on the small lake, in a one-person kayak, reclining against my rucksack with a travel pillow supporting my head. There’s no wind, no tide, not even another soul on the water, just me, floating on a sea of bliss. There’s not a cloud in the sky, and not a cloud in my mind, and it was from that moment of bliss, emptying out the mind and body of all stress that the magic started to happen.

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I find a simple pension, Matana Pomena, as close as I can to my spot on the lake, which has all I need and great value for money. It’s run by a woman called Inka, who is the embodiment of health and wellbeing. Not surprising as the garden is full of leafy greens, even the goats seem happy.

I discover the best spot to enjoy the sunset, Konoba Adio Mare, literally a couple of meters from the water, with a glass of wine and some fish soup. The owners proudly tell me they have been together for 35 years, and when they look gratefully to the view they enjoy every day from their restaurant, I think it’s as close to marital bliss as I have seen.

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There’s no need for fancy, or expensive luxury touches, there’s a beauty in the simplicity of it all, but I must admit that my eyes are drawn towards a speedboat, which reminds me of how I loved my rib rides with my friend back home. I take a photo and send it to my friend, joking that I’m going to find out who it belongs to, and catch a ride.

The next day, I had made zero plans, but as I wake up, I am suddenly inspired to go and find Odysseus’ cave – the place he apparently spent 7 years recuperating from his epic voyage while being captivated by Calypso.

It’s a car journey down to Babino Polje, and there’s a walking trail to take you down to the cave, where you can jump in and swim into the cave itself. Easy-peasy, I think.

A gentle saunter, it isn’t. More of a scramble in places, down a rugged path, and I have “snake anxiety” the whole way. I’d been told there are only a few snakes left on Mljet, as they’ve mostly been eaten by the mongoose/mongooses/mongeese (I still don’t know which it is!). Still, a “few” is still a “few” too many for my liking, and being the only soul on the path, I am convinced they are going to find me, so it’s not the relaxing of walks.

When I arrive, I’m one of the first people there, and although I get straight into the water with my snorkel and mask to swim into the cave, for the second time, I feel slightly vulnerable on my own. I’m halfway into the cave, in the darkness, and I’m convinced that something just bit me, and I’m regretting being so much of a lone wolf.

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Then I realise I’m not alone. There’s a group coming up behind me, 2 on a paddleboard, and 2 in the water. I swim in alongside them, and I feel much better. The light coming through the cave hits me, and I feel so alive, and I think of Odysseus and how he must have felt arriving after was a much tougher journey than mine!

It was the light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m braver now and I happily swim out of the cave on my own. Then I see the boat. It’s the one I took a photo of the day before, so I know it’s come from Pomena.

As tempting as it was to take the “snake path” back, the offer of an exhilarating ride home with Mljet Explorer was just too good to turn down, especially as the kind people on the boat offered me a lift to my car the next day. Thank you Kristoff and Zuzana – until the next adventure!

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Again, I know how Odysseus must have felt – leaving the cave in a much better state than when he arrived, taking time and space to recover, accepting the help of others even though he’s a lone wolf, and only leaving when he’s good and ready!

Aah Mljet…. Still here.

Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Konavle. A professional Wellness Consultant she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.

To find out more about Gillie go to www.behappyfit.co.uk

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Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary expects to establish unrestricted travel between Europe and the UK from July onwards, taking an optimistic stance despite a move by the UK that further restricted travel on Thursday.

"People will travel in July and August, then there will be no travel restrictions between the UK and Europe due to vaccination success and the fact that vaccines are effective," O'Leary was quoted as saying by Hina.

The UK on Thursday removed Portugal from its list of countries to which it is possible to travel without mandatory self-isolation, partially closing the UK international holiday market just weeks after it opened it.

 

The Guild of Caterers and Tourist Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) sent a request to the competent institutions to extend the working hours of catering facilities during the upcoming European Football Championship.

As the European Football Championship starts on June 11 and lasts until July 11, the Guild of Caterers has requested an amendment to the decision on necessary epidemiological measures restricting gatherings, in such a way as to allow catering facilities to work after 11 pm, they reported on Saturday. HOK.

They also stated that important sports competitions have always meant an opportunity for better business for the catering sector, and this year the caterers are ready for the upcoming European Football Championship, which will be monitored in most catering facilities, in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures.

According to the daily schedule of the European Championship, the last matches are scheduled for 9 pm, and the proposed extension of working hours would allow guests to follow the match until the end, thus avoiding the potential inconvenience that caterers have to close facilities and require guests to leave premises, reads the HOK statement.

"Encouraged by the relaxation of measures, the announcement of a successful tourist season, the evident decline in the number of infected and the growing number of vaccinated people, we consider it justified to extend working hours in restaurants to at least midnight," said Joso Smolić.

According to the Caterers' Guild, this would send a positive message to foreign guests, who will stay in Croatia during the championship and follow their national team.

 

Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, posted on Twitter that 40 percent of the adult population in Croatia has been vaccinated.

"We have made a new step forward – 40 percent of the adult population has been vaccinated. Thank you to the vaccinators for each dose administered and to the vaccinated citizens for their trust in science and the profession. We are on the right track to vaccinating more than half of the adult population," wrote Beroš on Twitter.

 

Dubrovnik is a photographer’s dream, let’s face it you can throw a camera in the air and capture a stunning photo. And every day Instagram is filled to overflowing point with some absolutely blasting images of the pearl of the Adriatic.

We have selected this week our top five “Rocking the Weekend” photos from Instagram. Check out our top five inspiring Dubrovnik Instagram photos from last week and keep sending us your own photos and videos of the region. We just love your feedback!

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Germany has removed large parts of Croatia from the list of risk areas, the state epidemiological institute Robert Koch announced on Friday. "As of midnight on June 6, the Dubrovnik-Neretva, Istria, Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje, Požega-Slavonia and Split-Dalmatia regions are no longer considered epidemiologically risky areas," the Robert Koch Institute said.

This means that for those who travel to Germany from these parts of Croatia, the obligations of prior digital registration, presentation of a negative test or quarantine are no longer valid. A negative corona is still mandatory for entry into Germany by air.

For those coming from the rest of Croatia, the obligation according to the rules on passengers from high-risk areas still applies, which means prior digital registration, negative test upon entering the country or quarantine obligation until the presentation of a negative test upon arrival in Germany.

At the same time, the Robert Koch Institute removed the whole of Italy, the Czech Republic and the largest parts of Austria from the list of risk areas.

The cosmetics industry has been substantially growing globally in recent years. Many countries in the EU have come to appreciate the benefits of cosmetic surgeries such as simple rhinoplasty operations like botox. In Croatia, the cosmetics industry is booming, with both local and global brands offering a wide range of cosmetic products, and cosmetic procedures becoming more widespread.

The Cosmetics Industry In Croatia

In 2021 alone, the cosmetics industry in Croatia is worth $52.2 million. Although the numbers are already impressive, experts are expecting it to grow even further towards 2025 with a compound annual growth rate of 5.09%. The steady increase in revenue can be attributed to the number of amazing cosmetic products accessible by consumers.

One of the most popular cosmetics brands in Croatia currently is NiKEL. It’s a home-grown brand that has received numerous awards globally. Aside from its global acclaim, however, NiKEL finds very strong support from the local Croatian community it’s surrounded by.

Croatians are also in love with newcomers such as Silvan. What makes Silvan a clear standout is that it’s a cosmetic brand that values nature. As such, it has eco-friendly packaging, which in itself is a budding trend in various cosmetics industries worldwide.

Other than that, globally acclaimed cosmetic brands are popular in Croatia too. These include Chanel, Estee Lauder, Dior, LOreal, and many others. Croatians have no particular choice when it comes to cosmetic brands, but they do support those that are known to have quality products.

Botox And Other Aesthetic Surgeries

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According to recent numbers, people from Croatia have become avid supporters of botox. If you take a look at this chart above from comparethemarket.com.au, we can see that it’s not just Croatia that prefers botox. Countries like France, Spain, Belarus, and many others engage in botox surgeries as well.

This explosion of botox operations in the EU most likely has to do with the fact that botox practices are a lot safer and more sustainable than they were years ago. Because of this, people prefer botox to give themselves a new youthful glow. More accessibility to cosmetic procedures creates options for those that struggle with body image issues. This creates self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle.

Other nations in the EU choose other rhinoplasty surgeries such as facelifts, liposuction, and even permanent makeup. For the majority, however, it seems like botox is the way to go. As more people become fans of botox, we can expect better prices and practices as well. Botox is already one of the cheapest surgeries out there, so it’s no surprise that this is gaining in popularity as people have better access to it.

Croatians are not known to lag when it comes to making themselves look and feel more beautiful. As the trends suggest, it seems like simple and quick solutions are the preferred methods of staying young. It will be exciting to see how well the industry grows in the future as more technology develops, life expectancy increases and a higher value is placed on youth.

 

When you build your strategy for growth on YouTube, it is important to check out the competition that awaits for your content in the chosen niche. If you are going to embrace something highly developed, like travels, watching through the most popular channels to gain inspiration for your content. To attract the attention of the wide audience, as VideosGrow.com site assures, you can buy subscribers, implying them into the canvas of your tactic. However, this practice still requires serious thought for your further actions that will retain the viewers on your profile. In this article are collected top ten travel channels you can get inspired from.

The Vagabrothers

 

Two siblings, Marko and Alex Ayling, are exploring the world together. Their channel has more than 900 000 subscribers, who crave seeing new destinations that brothers reveal to their audience.

Their content is well-known on YouTube due to the top quality and impeccable shooting taste and manner. The Vagabrothers are a good example for their personalized attitude and exposed charisma of this dynamic duo.

Sailing La Vagabonde

 

Do you like sea trips? Are you going to shoot one? Then check out the channel of this couple from Australia with almost 1.6 millions subs. The history of their channel begins more than 5 years ago, when Elayna and Riley have decided to push their limits and test how they would feel sailing a boat without any specific knowledge about it. Nowadays they continue to film their travels on their floating home La Vagabonde, also raising their son.

Watch how travel content intertwines with lifestyle vlogs about a nice family, attracting many people.

Migrationology

 

Unlike Vagabrothers and Australian sailors, this blogger with 7.6 millions YouTube subscribers is focused on another aspect about travels that everybody loves. Migrationology is taking the focus away from stunning views to the local plates filled with unusual, tasty, original, sometimes controversial food. The channel creator Mark Viens is traveling through the world to discover new tastes and meet the culture of different nations. He also tries to find the most unusual places and dishes to eat, reviewing them through the prism of ethnography and cultural heritage.

Hopscotch The Globe

 

This American couple is blazing their trail through the world too. They shoot original and educational videos where they give their viewers the insights on proper organization of the trip, health maintenance and other important things that would make your travels comfy and safe. When Kristen and Siya aren’t abroad, they continue shooting new content for their channel, as they rediscover their home - North America.

GRRRL TRAVELER

 

Not all people need company in their travels. Christine Kaaloa, the creator of the channel, prefers hitting the road solo, collecting her experience and seeing new horizons. She is known for her courage and intense wish to show what problems a woman can meet on her way traveling alone.

Christine's content is focused on trip organization, sightseeing and food. Her adventurous spirit and authentic production drives the interest of lots of subscribers to her channel.

The Food Ranger

 

Another good example for foodies. Trevor James explores street food and examines how it is connected to the local culture. His enthusiastic manner of presenting his content is what makes a great inspiration for all YouTube creators in this niche. Of course, Trevor is mixing in some sightseeing and interviews with local people, to uncover the topic completely and engage his audience to organize their own trip.

Somewhere Devine

 

Many people think that traveling with children is an exhausting experience and it is not worth it. Brad and Hailey are parents who will break any stereotypes you had about going on a trip with children. The Devine family will show you how easy and interesting journeys with children can be. In their videos the authors mix in breathtaking beauty of nature, authenticity of foreign places, and organization tips on traveling with your child. See yourself how wonderful it can be - the video about Faroe Islands will make you want to take your vacation immediately.

Kara And Nate

 

These guys from Nashville have visited over 100 countries by now and have 2.3 million subs on their channel. The couple is filling their channel with different kinds of content, that is focused on travels - 

• Comparing luxurious and low-budget places to stay

• Checking out famous and original hotels

• Exploring local culture and trip infrastructure

• Visiting the most exciting places

Kara and Nate also like taking courageous adventures. For example, they have taken the risks and visited Chernobyl while in Ukraine, because as they say, this is the chance of the lifetime.

Allison Anderson

 

This girl is living her life and she documents it on YouTube. Her content is a combination of solo travels and lifestyle videos. Allison shoots helpful videos that would make the organization of a solo trip easy and comfortable for anyone, so if you want to have the same experience as her, watch the channel to see how it’s done.

Allison has a pleasant and interesting personality that allowed her to gain a huge audience that watches her every step.

Anton Ptushkin

 

Although this blogger from Ukraine is making his content primarily for Slavic audiences, he knows English very well and adds custom subtitles to his video, so foreign viewers can enjoy his work too.Prominent works he places on the second channel for English-speaking users. Anton started his career as a host of a travel TV show, but after he finished this work he realized that he cannot abandon the magic of journeys. So he started his personal travel channel and he has almost 5 million subscribers by now.

First batch of videos were short, and covered Anton’s trip through Eastern Europe in his car. Later, as his talent began attracting more and more audience, Ptushkin changed his strategy and now makes long films dedicated to his explorations of a single country.

Anton is also a very talented operator, so his content is more than pleasant to look at. He also loves putting in funny jokes and meeting original people who help him discover the charm of the country. Recently, his videos were even put on TV.

A Few Tips On Travel Blog Creation to Get Many Subscribers

1. Don’t try to invent the bicycle

The Travel niche on YouTube is quite big and hard to embrace, because there are many influencers here, who take the focus of the audience. So newcomers desperately try to think of something unique. But there are no blank spots on the map, and coming up with a truly interesting idea can be hard. Before you launch a video channel that is dedicated to trips, you must think through if you really have something interesting to offer to the attention of the viewers.

2. Go for personality charm

As it is obvious from the previous point, you won’t surprise people with foreign locations - they all saw that already, in other bloggers' videos. But what they definitely didn’t see is you. To impress the viewership on YouTube, you must create very personalized videos. The goal of your video is to show how you react and behave on the trip. Your experience is what educates and inspires users. Look through all the example channels above - all these people are creating the content intact with their character, making their target audience resonate with what they do and how they do it.

3. Be yourself

All people are different. And as in the previous paragraph the main advice was to add personality to the content, it cannot be stressed enough that there’s no need to change who you are. If you don’t like extreme leisure - don’t do it. Thinking that users generally love that is wrong. There are lots of people who would be happy to see the content that is not filled with dangerous rope roads on the top of the mountain or extreme aqua parks with horrible heights. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to show it.

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