Croatia

new coverExperience Croatia @ Amazon/Kindle

On the Adriatic Sea

Croatia was the first leg of my southern Europe tour of 2011-2012. The reason I chose to start here is simply because I was planning on living in Croatia for a full year due to the low cost of living. When I realized there were too many hoops to jump through to stay longer than 90 days, as there are in most of Europe, I changed my plans. The plan changed to stay in four different countries for 90 days each.

Croatia’s coastline is absolutely beautiful. There are picturesque towns all along the coast. Dubrovnik lies at the southern tip of the country. Apartment prices are cheaper than in Costa Rica, supposedly, but all I’ve found on the Internet are the high-priced vacation rentals. Boy, they sure jerk you around if you are only visiting!

Based on the cost-of-living index I use, consumer prices, restaurant prices and market prices also are all lower than in Costa Rica. And keep in mind that Costa Rica is supposed to be a cheap place to live (it’s not, really).

The Croatian currency is called kuna, with five kunas equal to one U.S. dollar. The country also accepts euros.

My first destination was Zadar, about halfway down the coast. However, due to apartment-finding problems, I took a bus to Vodice, a small tourist town 35 miles south of Zadar. Vodice had plenty of relatively cheap apartments at the time because the tourist season was concluded for the year. I entually ventured out to other towns nearby, such as Sibenik, over the next two months, before busing back to Zagreb, the capital, and taking a flight to Greece.

3 Responses to Croatia

  1. 2bagsandapack says:

    Wouldn’t be interested in going back to Kindle and writing a review of my book would you? It’s at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006L6WO7O.

  2. 2bagsandapack says:

    Thank you for the kind words. The Croatia book, and the prior one about Costa Rica, originally were just supposed to be blog entries. But they made a good narrative, especially with the photos. The Croatian coast is absolutely stunning and I’m sure you will like it. The people can be a little distant at first but eventually warm up to you. My time there might have been more exciting if I had been able to find an apartment in Zadar, as Vodice was just too quiet for my tastes. Happy traveling!

  3. Hi Ken:
    Just finished reading the kindle edition of your Experience Croatia book. Well done! I’m planning a trip and possible move there myself. I haven’t been there yet, but I have read so much about it lately that I feel a part of my “spirit” is already there. I’m American, but of Croatian descent. Thanks for the excellent account of your experiences there. I definitely resonate with your synchronistic encounters. Happens to me all the time too. ~ Lynne

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