Hi, my name is Ana Bakran.
I’m Croatian by passport and woman of the world by heart who lives on Nuku Hiva Island in French Polynesia. Thank you for visiting my online home. I’m very much into writing, crafting, gardening, photography, traveling, and simple living. Since I've moved to Nuku Hiva, this page has taken a different turn and mostly documenting the island life in the South Pacific. Blogs in English on this topic are rare to find so I hope to provide valuable information to anyone who is traveling to this part of the world - or simply anyone curious about what is like to live on the Marquesas Islands.
Quick background check.
▸Graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin on a full athletic scholarship. Degree in Business Administration with a focus in International Business. Played competitive tennis for 12 years.
▸ I’ve spent most of my working career in marketing. In 2007. I opened a company with an Austrian business partner and ran it until 2013. After my business journey, I decided to make my childhood dream come true and hitchhiked from Croatia to Bora Bora Island in French Polynesia.
▸ In 2014. won Dijana Klaric Award in the category “Traveler of the Year”. In 2015. got nominated "The Adventurer of the Year" by Cosmopolitan. In 2016. I successfully finished my 4-year hitchhiking mission from Croatia to Bora Bora.
▸ In 2017. I hitchhiked back to French Polynesia across the Pacific to write my 1st book. I spent 14 months around the Marquesas Islands where I finished my book and got engaged to a wonderful Marquesan man, Tangy.
▸ In 2019, after 5 years of hitchhiking, I published my 1st book "What's Wrong With You?" and permanently moved to Nuku Hiva Island where I live with Tangy and run our businesses "Cannibal Art" and "Hakaui Adventure".