Tomislav Coric, Tomi, grew up in Croatia and now owns and operates a travel business from Dubrovnik that specializes in Mediterranean travel and tours. Tomi takes an individual approach towards every customer and helps fulfill their unique wishes so they can experience unforgettable holidays.  Helping you with self guided Croatian Biking tours and guiding walking tours called Dubrovnik escapes are Tomi’s specialty.

How and where were you introduced to the outdoors?
It all started when I was in elementary school, as the kids we loved to walk on the hills and in the forests around my home place on Dubrovnik Riviera,.. child games, I was sent every summer to my grandparents to village. I have spent couple weeks there every year, it was fan time of my life, even little dangerous when you look from this perspective
After childehood I continued, especially when I was a student with friends…Later I have decided to turn it to a job which I do even today.

What has been your favourite outdoor recreations area?
Hills around Dubrovnik, Croatian islands (especially protected areas like national parks), Paklenica hills in Velebit, Alps, some hills in Montenegro (Orjen, Durmitor), in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Prenj..)

Please share an outdoor story related to one of the above areas.

One summer day we went to an island near Dubrovnik, the day we walked and explored the island famous for its wild rabbits and the remains of two medieval monastery. In the evening we gathered around the campfire, prepare dinner, drank a few beers, a couple of songs with the guitar, everything was perfect … We spent the night in sleeping bags and all was well until the fire is burned down, then we started to get attacked by mosquitoes. Until then I thought that mosquitoes were small and harmless. After this experience I must tell you, every time you sleep in the open carry with you protection from mosquitoes …. The next morning we packed our things and returned home.

The second story is also related to a summer camping trip. Myself and couple of my friends decided to spend the night in a mountain near Dubrovnik. The evening sky was supposed to be filled with a unique phenomenon called Presidi, when hundreds of stars are falling from the sky. The locals call it Tears of St. Lawrence (night between August 12th-13rd). We went deep into the mountains (very close to the border with Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina), the night was clear, and we want to be away from city lights, cars, any artificial light that could undermine this phenomenon. We made camp, sitting on the rocks of limestone, which were still warm from the summer sun. We simply enjoyed heaven in which every minute on average, one star was falling and disappeared into the atmosphere.
Heaven had never been so beautiful nor so close.

Can you share any unique encounters with wild animals?
No, except I have an encounter with wild pig, snakes and kind of jackals. We actually crossed over their paths.

If not previously mentioned, have you ever completed a thru-hike or multi-day backpacking trip and what nuggets of wisdom did you glean from it?
I think that you always collect some widsom from nature, of course if you respect the environment.

What is your favourite outdoor website?
I don’t have favorite except mine, but I like: Adventure Travel Trade Association

What is your favourite outdoor hiking gear store?

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