This week’s post comes from CzechPragueOut. They explain ‘You know the feeling when you are traveling somewhere and you know someone who lives there; it makes all the difference doesn’t it? You get straight to the best hotspots because your friend knows you and can make great recommendations based on what you like. That is exactly what you will find here: solid advice from two friends living in Prague who know and love this city. We will help you to find those restaurants, bars and activities that match your wishes.’ They offer travel consulting and trip planning – “It’s like having a guidebook written just for you”. Find out more about the ladies behind the site here.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
We are two friends, Bety and Tereza, founders of a travel consultancy called CzechPragueOut. We are both from the Czech Republic, living in Prague.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We both lived, studied and worked abroad for several years. Bety has lived in Australia and travelled through Asia extensively. Tereza lived in the US and Belgium and travelled mostly through North America and Europe. We have tried all kind of travels from backpacking/couch-surfing, home-exchange to corporate business travel. Right now we are settled in Prague, and the pace of our traveling slowed down a little as we are getting used to traveling with little babies. As we focus our business on Prague and the Czech Republic, we are trying to explore our home country as much as possible.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As we do not travel for living, we fund our trips from our day jobs salaries.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Tereza – Luxor and Karnak in Egypt. I am amazed by the ancient sights and in love with ancient Greece, but non of the ancient Greek sights I have seen compare to the ancient Egyptian palaces in Luxor and Karnak. I remember just standing there with my mouth open, staring at the enormous columns. Just be careful not get heat stroke like I did!
Bety – The best place for me was a trip to Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I have snorkelled many times and in many places, but there it was really THE BEST.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Tereza – I was thinking hard and I could not come up with anything. Everywhere I went I found something interesting and worth exploring. In general, I just hate dirty beaches. So a dirty beach is a big thumb down for me.
Bety – I did not have a good time in China. I was shocked about the way they treat animals. It was messy everywhere, and it was very hard to get by with English.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Tereza – My husband and I have a bucket of list of honeymoons. The top 3 places are Alaska, Peru and New Zealand.
Bety – The top three places on my bucket list are Hawaii, Alaska and Aspen.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Tereza – 1 – Print-outs of places not to be missed, or a guidebook, 2 – large scarf which can be also used as light blanket, 3 – hand sanitizer and hand lotion
Bety – 1- camera, 2 – comfortable shoes, 3 – Lonely Planet
8. What makes you happy and why?
Tereza – Seeing a smile on my three-month-old daughter’s face. It just fills me with joy and excitement for the fun things we will do as a family. Also getting my butt to the matt and doing some yoga. It feels so liberating to close my eyes, ignore what is going on around me and what has to be done, and transport myself to the beach, or to the top of the mountains.
Bety – I am happy when I am surrounded by nice and happy people, it does not matter where around the world.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
We have been blogging for one year and we started when we decided to found CzechPragueOut. We wanted to share fun and important facts about Prague with travellers as well as map our progress in Prague exploration.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Our blog is about Prague and Czechs. Our readers can read about Czech history, traditions, sights, cool activities, and interesting restaurants and coffee places. It is a source of information for a person who is planning a trip to Prague as well as someone who lives in Prague and wants to discover new things and places.
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Tereza and Bety. First of all I would like to say how much I love Prague although I have only visited once. I certainly know who to ask next time I visit to ensure that I visit the best places in the city recommended by locals. I loved Luxor and Karnak too Tereza, it surprised me how much. It was great to find out about the history and see the temples. It’s great that Bety as included comfortable shoes on your essentials list, the amount of times I forgotten to pack a pair and struggled on for the rest of my trip with blistered feet (ouch!). Your blog is one of the most unique I have seen – most travel blogs, ours included, are written from an outsiders view about the places that we visit. However, you are from the place you are writing about therefore you have great in-depth knowledge and can offer advice and information about things that people might not find in a guidebook.