Croatia was truly a surprise for me as I never imagined to find a gem just one ferry ride away from Trieste, Italy.
Some Tips on Travelling in Croatia (with a focus on Split):
- While Euro can also be used, you get more value for your money by using their local currency, the Croatian Kuna. It is best to change money outside Split (e.g. Dubrovnik) as the rates here can be quite disappointing. However, your best options in Split would be the small money exchange shops right beside the harbor.
- Food and accommodation can be quite expensive. Split is a party-and-tourist haven much like Boracay in the Philippines. Groceries can also be expensive in the old town so I would recommend that you buy from the bigger shops like Lidl just outside town. By walking, that would be for around 30 minutes one-way.
- Airbnb is very popular in Split. Forget about hotels!
- Why I want to go back: beach + ancient structures + cobblestones + lively and relaxed vibe + great for solo travel + great for family travel (except for Split). I would love to try staying in the city next time.
- As with any country in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂
P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤