The Nostalgic Vagabond

Join me, Allan Hill (the Nostalgic Vagabond) for weekly one-hour~ish travel talks with unique and interesting travellers / adventurers who Zoom-in from all around the world. In conversation, we share compelling personal stories of trial, triumph and sometimes tribulation from journeys, exploring this world and its cultures, languages and landscapes. None of us claim to be experts, we aren't necessarily pros, we are regular people like you. But we decided to say, “YES!” Decided to step outside our comfort zone and have a go at creating our own journey, going our own way. You also don't have to be an expert or professional, all you need is to say, “Yes!” Commit. And go on your own journey – your own way. You can be a traveller too! Hey - Maybe travel could help you discover, your best you. And you can also follow me, @thenostalgicv


episode 22: Remaining Travel-Positive in Pandemic Times

On this episode of 'the Nostalgic Vagabond' podcast, I talk with Valentina, aka "Kooky" from 

She is a digital nomad, writer, and content creator with a big passion for photography and an even bigger passion for life. 

Valentina left her home in Croatia years ago and has since lived in three European countries and travelled through 13 or more. In this way, we are from a similar experience. But how does someone who loves to travel and explore like this respond to a global crisis where we are forced to lockdown and not really go far? 

In conversation, Valentina tells the reasons why she loves to travel nad (6:20) where it all began and what her specific motivations were to leave home and move to Amsterdam (11:10) and then onto Spain where she found herself at the start of the pandemic when the whole world began to shut down. I was curious to find out details on how Valentina managed to explore some of the Mediterranean islands during these Covid times with such a quiet atmosphere, being able to meet locals and not have to wait in line with tourists (17:45). 

Valentina explains (26:40) how she has been able to keep positive, stay happen and remain travel optimistic over the last year and a bit. She offers great advice on how to stay humble and maximise the opportunities that have been presented to us recently, the opportunity to travel more domestically and reacquaint oneself with one's home let's say. She has some tips for places even more interesting and less touristy to visit in Croatia now too (31:35). 

We talk about how we can create a travel philosophy for ourselves (40:05) or at least try to be the best traveller we can be in these modern 21st century times (41:30)... 



You can follow Valentina on Instagram @kookylovestotravel





A big thanks to Tom Forfar for creating the title tracks for the podcast series.

And, any comments or feedback feel free to email


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