Travel Director: Sasha Rojnik
Regions: Italy, Croatia, Eastern Europe, The Baltic States and Russia
Trafalgar’s Travel Directors play a key role in providing each of our guests with a truly memorable experience. From the moment your Trafalgar journey begins, our Travel Directors share their local knowledge and provide a personalised, one-of-a-kind insider’s view of each destination. They are experienced travellers, learned historians and culture buffs whose job is to help you become immersed in the places you visit.
Travel Director Sasha Rojnik took a few minutes to talk to the Trafalgar Blog to share some of his experiences and give some insight to why he loves what he does.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I was born and live on the Slovenian Mediterranean coast, right on the border with Italy. It is a bilingual area, a great mixture of Italian and Slavic cultures. I have studied business. Before starting my career as a Travel Director, I worked for my parents’ business in marketing and IT. I have many different passions, the biggest one is photography. I love languages (speak five of them fluently), reading books, healthy lifestyle, learning, discovering new things and places, meeting new people, going on adventures with my motorcycle. I’m married to a Travel Director, which makes life easier.
What is the best part of your job?
Meeting new people is just as exciting as discovering new places. I try to treat people as if they are my family, who have come to visit me from overseas. I get to know so many different places in depth and from “behind the curtain”, then share my knowledge with my guests.
What’s your best Hidden Treasure?
‘Buza’, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Buza in a dialect means ‘a hole’ and indeed, there is a hole in the majestic Dubrovnik city walls. Once you walk through, you’ll see big rocks, the wall of the town from the outside, and a bar. The best place to take your partner for a glass of wine in the evening or go for a swim.
What is your favourite place to take guests?
San Gimignano, Tuscany: Although it is a popular and well-known destination, it is a city that amazes me each time I go there. The medieval streets, the towers, the surroundings, the atmosphere, my favourite gelato on Piazza Cisterna…simply magical!
What is your most memorable on the road moment?
I was with the group in Riga, Latvia, during the Hockey World Championship. We had to go out for dinner and as we left, the game just finished. Latvians won and there was a huge crowd so our coach was blocked. Our restaurant was located a few hundred metres through the park, so I decided to get off the coach with the group and simply walk there. Since I didn’t want to walk with my clip board high in the air (so my guests could easily spot me), I decided to put one of the guests on my shoulders. She was wearing a Latvian hockey shirt that she had bought that day and we marched through the crowds as everyone cheered!
What vacation photo would you recommend our guests have to take?
Ravello, Italy: The iconic picture high above the Amalfi coast. In the foreground the cypress trees, double church dome and in the background the stunning Amalfi coast.
What is your tip for feeling like a local when traveling?
Try new things, listen to the advice your Travel Director gives you about how the locals do things. For example, when in Italy, forget about take-away coffee, sit down at a nice little square, have a cappuccino and watch the world go by. Don’t be afraid to try new food. No problem, if you don’t speak the local language, a smile will get you a long way. Explore the back streets, they are sometimes more interesting than the main sights.
A favourite local saying you need to know is:
Greece: “Siga. Siga.” (Slowly. Slowly.) Meaning “Don’t stress, enjoy life!”
What is your favourite food within your region
Pasta in every way!
Must Buy Souvenir
The Matrioshkas in Russia. Your children or grand-children will love you for that.
What or who is your biggest inspiration
What is your best Travel tip?
Keep an open mind.