On the Adriatic Sea
Croatia will be 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. Now, the plan is 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 twon 35 miles south of Zadar. Vodice has plenty of relatively cheap apartments now because the tourist season is concluded for the year. I hope to venture 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.