Monday, 21 June 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


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.


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


According to recent numbers, people from Croatia have become avid supporters of botox. If you take a look at this chart above from, 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 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.



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.



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.

In the last 24 hours, three new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are three males. Two people are from Opuzen and one from Ploče.

15 people made a full recovery - seven from Dubrovnik, four from Metković, two from Slivno, one from Konavle and one person who does not have residence in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 222 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 75,498 samples have been analysed.

Six people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

There are 145 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.

The solemn Eucharistic celebration on the Feast of Corpus Christi in the Cathedral of Our Lady the Great in Dubrovnik will be celebrated today at 7:00 pm, and will be presided over by the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dubrovnik Mate Uzinić.

The Mass is followed by a Eucharistic procession through the City.

The Holy Mass celebration itself will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and will also be available on Libertas Television and Dubrovnik Television.

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