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Octavia’s Advice on Climbing the Carpathians in Romania…

They’re massive…

The Carpathians are a chain of mountains that curve roughly 932 miles (1,500 km) through Central and Eastern Europe forming one massive arc.  They’re so big they cover eight countries including Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia and, most importantly, Romania.

Why Romania?

Romania contains:

  • 53% of the Carpathians,
  • the Carpathians second-highest mountain range, where the highest peaks exceed 8,202 feet (2,500 m),
  • the highest concentration of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes,
  • the largest surface area of virgin forests in Europe (excluding Russia), and
  • over one-third of Europe’s thermal and mineral waters.

Romania is a mountain lover’s paradise.

The best part…

Local expert, Octavia Drughi, has climbed and hiked hundreds of miles of the Carpathians and shares her insider secrets and advice for fellow women adventurers…


Crina Coco Popescu Reveals How She Climbs the World’s Largest Volcanoes…

Crina Coco Popescu

She’s one of the world’s youngest climbers.

At the age of six, Romanian climber Crina “Coco” Popescu started her career climbing the world’s largest mountains with her father.

But what’s even more impressive…

At age 16, Coco became the first female to climb Mount Sidley – the highest volcano in Antarctica – and the first climber in the world to climb the Volcanic Seven Summits – the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents:

  • South America: Ojos del Salado at 22,615 feet (6,893 m)
  • Africa: Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet (5,895 m)
  • Europe: Elbrus at 18,510 feet (5,642 m)
  • North America: Pico de Orizaba at 18,491 feet (5,636 m)
  • Asia: Damavand at 18,406 feet (5,610 m)
  • Australia: Mount Giluwe at 14,331 feet (4,368 m)
  • Antarctica: Mount Sidley at 14,058 feet (4,285 m)

Today, Coco continues to climb and guide people on the 7 Mountains Carpathians Garden Circuit that includes Bucegi, Fagaras, Retezat, Ore, Rodna, Ceahlău, and Piatra Craiului in Romania.

But don’t take my word for it…

Read more about Crina Coco Popescu and her accomplishments in this exclusive interview…


Hungary’s Best Kept Secret…

Love getting pampered?

Want a movie star life, but cringe at the cost?

Thankfully Hungary, a thermal rich country, has Budapest spas where you can enjoy days of luxury, for pennies on the dollar.

Budapest spa tickets start from $7 and massages start from $15…


City by the Black Sea; Odessa, Ukraine

It’s Ukraine’s San Diego. A big city with a small town feel sitting on beautiful beaches and featuring all the cosmopolitan delights. Great weather means days spent soaking up the sun, while nights involve drinking and dancing with attractive locals in the moonlight.

Odessa is not just a holiday destination, it’s a place to have the time of your life.

The Pearl of the Black Sea

Odessa is the Black Sea’s biggest city and the fourth biggest in Ukraine’s with a population of over a million. As the country’s biggest port, it is also a center of trade and commerce, while exuding an international feel.

Because of its abundance of sunny days, mild climate and warm waters, it is a popular holiday destination luring hundreds of thousands of visitors.


Seaside Rendezvous; Crimea, Ukraine

Have you ever wanted to know where Russian Billionaire’s spend their holidays?

The answer is Crimea Ukraine’s diamond shaped peninsula with an island like feel in the Black Sea.

There is no wonder why they come here to relax.

Stunning mountains, warm waters and long summers make it heaven on earth. Continue