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A World of Wanderlusting: Croatia


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After a quick flight over from France we arrived in stunning Dubrovnik. Over the next five days, we traveled around from Dubrovnik, to Split, and then finished up our tour of this beautiful country by visiting the island of Hvar.

My time in Croatia seemed entirely too short, but it’s one of those places that you aren’t entirely sure about until you get there. Croatia is becoming more and more popular and some areas are starting to become overcrowded with tourists, so I’d definitely advise going before it becomes even more touristy!

Our Croatia recommendations: 

1. Walk the wall in Old Town. This had to be one of my favourite things I did during my time in Croatia. Make sure you start this early in the day as there are a lot of cruise ships docking for the day that will be headed into the Old Town. It’s relatively cost effective to walk the wall and depending on how many photos you take it will probably take you about an hour or so to do. Afterwards, you can walk through the Old Town and enjoy some of the Dubrovnik culture. There are tons of amazing little shops and restaurants, my favourite was the coral shop that sold some of the Adriatic Sea red coral.

Croatia 2

Travel tip: There is a a secret door that takes you to the outside of the wall. It was difficult to find, but the view was well worth it. A friend recommended it to me and I’m glad that I was able to find it, so make sure you spend some time looking for it. 

2. Drive the coastline. The drive from Dubrovnik to Split is extremely slow but breathtakingly beautiful. It took us close to 4 hours to go 300km (186 miles) but you’re on the coast the entire drive. Definitely worth the time in my opinion and nearly free.

Croatia 1

3. Take a day trip to Hvar. I absolutely loved Hvar, we took an hour ferry out to this island and spent the day exploring! we checked out many of the little vendors on the island and climbed up to the top of the fortress that over looks the entire island. We had a whole day here, so eventually we wandered over to find a beach and enjoyed soaking up some of the sunshine!

Croatia 3

4. Eat a lot of seafood! The seafood in Croatia is unbelievable, some of the best I’ve had in the world. All of the fish at the restaurants we went to was caught earlier in the day and the entire raw platter of fish was brought to our table so that we could carefully select which fish we wanted it eat. So yummy!

My time in Croatia was entirely too short, I wish I could have gone up to Zagreb and spent more time enjoying the beautiful country. I guess I’ll just have to head back here soon!

Photos courtesy Janine Eccleston. Photos cannot be used or reproduced without express permission from the owner.

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About the Author

Janine Eccleston

Janine is a tax specialist and personal finance blogger for Calgary, AB. She is actively pursuing her CPA designation while fighting her way to financial freedom. She is the Vice-President External for the not-for-profit Her Success and enjoys sharing her financial knowledge with her peers. When she is not at work or studying Janine enjoys traveling, baking, yoga and ending off the day with a glass of wine.


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