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Spela Zupanc

I like to think myself as an outdoorsie and I believe in active travel style. I plan and guide a kitesurfing and paddle-boarding holidays at the best locations around the world and while traveling the world for the past 10 years I found out that Slovenia is really amazing country to live in. And travel it too, especially if you are an active and green person.

I'm guided by philosophy "to experience" rather than just "to see" and I believe in combining the popular spots with less touristy and more local spots. When I do travel for my self, I like to go "off the beaten path" and that I wish for you too.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Slovenia, active travel, paddle-boarding trips, hiking trips, special experiences and workshops known for Slovenia. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Travel is in my DNK, I've been always a little restless, trying to meet different ways of live, different cultures, different mindsts. At the same time being active while traveling is very important to me, as I like to do something all the time.

When I met a guy who shared the same passion, we created a Bananaway, which represents an active and zippy way of life. For the past 6 years we have been designing a kitesurfing trips to countries like Brazil, Kenya, Phillippinnes, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, ... which incorporate cultural and culinary experiences as well.

On the other side, summer in Slovenia is amazing, Slovenia trully is a little green paradise and as a local we can show you the best of it! And so we love to think we're traveling with you!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of the most memorable experience was definately 4x4 kite adventure in Brasil, when we were trying to find a way through the dunes and reach the Atins and Lencois Maranhense on our own for the first time. As we never been there befor, as there is no official road and as the trip was depending on the tide and constantly moving sand dunes, our heart pumped faster and I will never forget, how we managed to navigate us there.

I really like the african safari experience, when out team was having a lunch in a campsite and a wild elephant visited us, so we could walk with him and observe him from up close. It looked like campsite has a local pet, we loved it. "

Spela is part of the following groups: Slovenia Travel Agents
Active Slovenia
Slovenia Wilderness: SUP, Hike & Bears - 4 Days

Featuring highlights of southern Slovenia's pristine wild beauty, you'll start in the eco-progressive capital and SUP beneath centuries-old bridges along the Ljubljanica River. Paddle and hike through the forested Kolpa Canyon, hunt wild mushrooms and track brown bears outside of Kočevje, and cruise emerald-green lakes in the underground Križna Cave network.

Stand up paddle board along a section of the breathtaking Soča River
Active Slovenia: Bike, Hike & SUP - 4 Days

This quick active adventure showcases some of Slovenia's top highlights in four days. You'll tour vineyards in wine country and pedal through rural landscapes, explore a labyrinthian underground cave network, hike to stunning waterfalls, and paddleboard emerald-green rivers in nature and the capital, Ljubljana. Hike, bike, and paddle your way across the country and fall in love with Slovenia.

The idyllic town of Piran on Slovenia's Adriatic coast
Slovenian Alps to the Adriatic: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Bovec, & Piran - 5 Days

With just five days, this scenic road-trip itinerary allows just enough time to explore Slovenia's countryside while not feeling too rushed. Starting from the laid-back riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll drive to the scenic shores of Lake Bled, the rocky passes of the Julian Alps, and the rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region before finishing along the Adriatic coast. Sample the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, not to mention castles, caves, and history dating back to the Middle Ages.

Best Summer Hikes in the Slovenian Alps
Best Summer Hikes in the Slovenian Alps

The Slovenian Alps has a great selection of beautiful short hikes that can be extended into full-day adventures. Here's a list of our favorite routes to do during the summer when the trails are at their best.

Recent trip reviews for Spela

Best Summer Hikes in the Slovenian Alps · Slovenia - Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2019

Traveler: Kelly W. - Local specialist: Spela Zupanc

This trip was the highlight of my time in Europe! I told them I wanted to hike and they planned a trip that was challenging in exactly the way I wanted it to be. They partnered with an excellent tour group located in Lake Bled who were extremely helpful upon my arrival.

Hiking to the top of Mt Triglav and staying in huts along the way was a beautiful way to experience Slovenia. I highly recommend it!

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Spela Zupanc, local specialist, responded to this review:

Kelly hi! Thanks for writing such a nice review! We're glad your holidays exceed your expectations! If your ever come back to Slovenia, we will love to help you plan your holidays again! ;) Best, Spela