In simple terms:
1. I wanted a beach.
2. It’s relatively cheap.
3. I’ve never been before!
Of course, my decision was based on countless hours of extensive research as well…and NOT because someone told me you could buy a litre of beer for 2 quid.
But really what appealed to me was that it there’s such as variety of things to see and do. Obviously it depends on where you go but if you enjoy nights out then there’s plenty of party hotspots. One of my hobbies is photography so the landscape and costal locations should make for some great snaps. You always need to take in a little culture as well so locations such as the old town in Split and the new contemporary art gallery in Zagreb are definitely on my list. I’m hoping that my travels will take me to several cities within Croatia, including Split, Zadar, Rijeka, Pula and the capital, Zagreb.
I have to admit I am a little nervous. Although I’ll be starting the trip with a friend, the majority will be spent solo travelling. No matter how prepared you are, there’s always the potential that something will go wrong. Nevertheless, I think that travelling solo is a worthwhile experience – however I might not be saying that when I’m stranded in the middle of Croatia because I’ve lost all my money, or some similar disaster!
Something I have learnt is that nothing is ever as bad as it seems. Last year I had my purse stolen in Barcelona train station. In my eyes it was a disaster and caused a lengthy breakdown as I failed to communicate what had happened to the station staff. Really all I’d lost was a bit of money and my debit card. All my important things like my passport and the rest of my money were in my trusty money pouch.
These things happen. Anyway, now that the destination is finalised, the fun planning can begin. There are hostels to book and itineraries to be compiled. There’s no shame in being organised.
If you’re considering Croatia as a potential for your next travel destination then keep an eye out on my site for planning tips and travel guides.