There are thousands of activities to do in Croatia. If you love sunshine, coastal cities, parties on the islands, bays, coves, turquoise seashores and viewing ancient ruins, you will be spoilt for choice in this country in Eastern of Europe. Even if you are on a budget, you still can have more fulfillment than you deserve so long you plan your trip well. You really don’t have to be rich to visit Croatia. The following tips will guide you to make most out of your budget trip:
Visit in the Offseason
Knowing when to visit Croatia is in itself a saving mode. If you travel when tourism is on the season, your wallet will feel the pinch. This is mainly from the second week of July to the last week of August. The prices are hitting the roof around this period. But if you are flexible enough to plan your visit before or after the high season, you can save money. For instance, a 4-star hotel in Rovinj will charge 115€ in the offseason, down from 200€ that it charges in the high season. Renting an economy car will cost you 90€ per day in the high season. The same will cost 30€ in the offseason.
Another reason to visit during the off seasons is that they fall in Spring and Autumn which are relatively warm. September is also a swimming season so you can still head to the beach and sunbathe.
Limit Your Movements
Do not squeeze in too many sites to tour if you are on a slim budget. You will not enjoy your tour. Money worries will occupy much of your thoughts. Choose a particular region, book one hotel for an extended stay and plan how to tour the area. Fortunately, several hotel and apartments offer an extended stay discount, that is, a stay longer than three nights in the low seasons or 5 nights in the high season. This can save you 30% on your accommodation plan.
Whichever place you choose for accommodation, make sure it is centrally located. This way, every site you plan to visit in the area is a short distance away. That will, in turn, cut your transport costs. For instance, if you choose your accommodation in the backgrounds of Split, you can conveniently tour Trogir, Omis and the beautiful islands like Hvar and Brac.
If you’d like to visit lots of sites during your travel to Croatia, consider choosing a centrally located place, and then do the daily excursions.
If you do them on your own, and using public transport, you’ll be able to save a considerable amount of money. For example, if you stay at the outskirt of Split, you can visit Split, Omis, Trogir, islands Brac and Hvar, and Zadar on a day using public transport.
On a budget or not, you will have to eat. Unless you plan to risk fasting while on this energy-guzzling tour, you cannot run away from food. Indeed, eating is part of the enjoyment of this travel. You want to try several local dishes. Many high-end restaurants will serve you these local dishes (it is known as gablec or marenda) but at high prices because tourists flock these restaurants. The trick is to enjoy the same meals at the traditional eateries where the locals eat at a low price. That is, if you are on a budget. There, you will drink the affordable Croatian beers like Pan or Ozujsko.
One other way of saving on food is to rent a private apartment with a well-equipped kitchen. You can then cook and enjoy your meals. You can go shopping in the local markets for fresh vegetables. This will be cheaper than always dining in the restaurants, especially if you are traveling as a family. The restaurants have fixed prices, whether you eat less or not. And there is no guarantee you will enjoy all the meals you are served.
Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation in Croatia. The buses are modern, comfortable, air-conditioned, reliable and plying all the tourist destinations in Croatia. They have toilets, free Wi-Fi and power plug-ins so you can recharge your electric gadgets along the journey. The seats have headrests, plenty of space between the seats and for your bags. The crews can also speak English. Perhaps most importantly is the fact that with the bus, you can soak in much of the beauty of Croatia.
Croatia neighbors Bosnia, Hungary, and Slovenia. The language spoken is Croatian while the currency is Croatian Kuna. You need a visa to travel to Croatia, unless you are a citizen of UK, the US, EU, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.