After celebrating 25 years of independence and joining the European Union, coupled with its world-class beaches, highways that rival those in most western Europe, and food so good that can only be outdone by its wine. It is no wonder why tourism is booming and why Croatia is the new Digital Nomad hangout of 2017.
If you haven’t been day dreaming about this idyllic country located in southeast Europe with its stunning beaches and the Adriatic Sea, now is the time to start!
This is a country of paradise, and it is certainly a competitor with the likes of Chiang Mai, Bali, Peru and Portugal for all you Digital Nomads out there; especially in terms of low-cost living. If it isn’t on your 2017 bucket list, it should be.
While you are there you can enjoy the Mediterranean climate, scenic cities packed with culture and history, densely-forested mountains, a low-cost way of living and a great atmosphere full of beautiful locals! Surrounded by countries like Hungary, Slovenia, and Montenegro, and within an hour flight to places like Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and Venice, it only adds an extra bonus.
Cost Of Living Is Low
It is easy to say the cost of living in Croatia is “middle of the road” compared to cities like London, Paris, and Barcelona; but, it is very much like most places, you can make it as expensive or as cheap as you like.
The currency in Croatia is Kuna (KN) and for every 100KN will convert into €13.50 making it more than affordable for Digital Nomads to visit, work and travel around this beautiful country. Here is a small breakdown of what you can expect to pay in Croatia:
A domestic beer = 14KN (€1.85)
Coffee = 9.50KN (€1.25)
An inexpensive meal = 45KN (€6.00)
Bus, tram or train ticket: starting at 10KN (€1.30)
For more information about the cost of living in Croatia, visit this page
With Croatia’s tourism booming there is now a growing demand for accommodation, and in the summer-season prices can soar through the roof. Croatia is now oversupplied with boutique villas and B&Bs; however, there is also a clear shortage of the larger resort-style hotels.
GoGo Places was created to fill the gap during the off-peak season, when most of the places shut down and there is an opportunity to rent a place for a reasonable price. We offer places to stay for a fraction of the price, opening the market to those properties that would otherwise stay “undiscovered” during the off-peak months.
Our aim is to not only provide cheaper, more affordable accommodation for the Digital Nomad community, but to also enable homeowners to earn additional income with their homes that often sit idle for months on end. Making it a win — win situation.
The accommodation we offer starts from as little as €350 for a total of six guests, making accommodation even more affordable and allows travellers to split the cost. Currently, we have 15 homes on our website in Croatia, but this number is increasing by the day.
To check out the stunning, affordable accommodation we currently have listed, visit our website.
Internet Connection is Decent
The Internet in Croatia is on par with other Eastern European countries, making this stunning country a “must visit” for Digital Nomads. Broadband is largely available in Croatian cities and there are tons of cafes and restaurants offering free Wi-Fi spots, allowing you to get your work done without any complications.
If you stay in accommodation not offering free Wi-Fi you can easily grab yourself an internet package for around 100KN per month, which is a lot cheaper than your home country.
Visa Requirements Are Straightforward
One of the biggest things the Digital Nomad community considers when visiting a new country is the visa requirements, but similar to countries like Malaysia and Taiwan, most citizens do not require a visa to enter Croatia. In fact, one of the most attractive appeals to this country is you can enter for 90 days within a 180-day period, without a visa or paying a fee. However, nationals from countries such as China, India, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine would need to seek advice beforehand.
Read more here about visa and entry requirements.
Moving Around is As Easy As Counting 1, 2, 3
Transportation readily available allows you to tick another box when considering Croatia as your next destination in 2017.
Getting around Croatia is made easy for tourists and Digital Nomads alike, especially with services like Uber and Bla Bla Car easily accessible by the press of a button on an app. The quality of transport is generally quite good, making it easier to get around and explore. Ferries are reliable for island hopping; buses are comfortable and efficient, flights are very cheap, and driving is made easier by the modern and well-maintained road network.
All internal flights are operated by Croatia Airlines, and a surprising fact for you is the price of internal flights can be cheaper than taking a train or bus. Flying from another European country will not break the bank either as getting to Croatia is easy and cheap too, and with low budget airlines like Eurowings, you can bag yourself a return ticket for as little as €85.
Things To Do in Your Spare Time
Croatia is jam-packed with history, culture, monuments and architecture; beautiful coast lines, roaring mountains and waterfalls, music festivals and much, much more.
The region you choose to visit will all depend on what it is you are looking for: a chilled-out holiday on the beach with water sports is an option; a sailing holiday exploring some of the 1,000 islands it has to offer; an adventure-sports break with hiking, mountain-biking and rafting; a foodie vacation with vineyard visits, or a cultural city break. Croatia has it all and will allow you to immerse yourself into a new way of living.
As Croatia is a relatively small country you can travel around and explore; in a one hour drive you can either witness the frozen mountain lakes or the sunny, sparkling coastline. It is a country of diversity, and you will fall in love the moment you arrive.
For more information check out this blog: A Comprehensive Guide to Being a Digital Nomad in Croatia.
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