“Homelike’s home office setup gave me an opportunity to work remotely from my hometown Split, Croatia in September for 3 weeks.”
After a rainy summer here in Düsseldorf, where I live, it was nice to have the opportunity to enjoy some of the late summer vibes on the coast. I must admit, it was more challenging to sit at home and work, while the sun shines outside, but the light hours were still very long in the afternoon so I had the chance to enjoy some of it after work, and of course during the weekends.
From an organizational point of view, not much has changed as the team is well structured for an online environment anyway, but I did have more time to relax after work as I didn’t need to do the usual side activities, such as cooking. Instead, I would use that time to catch up with my friends and relatives.
Croatia has been a very popular destination for many tourists in past decades but just in the last few years, it has become more interesting for younger travelers, and digital nomads. With more than 1700km of coastline and 1200 islands, it offers a wide range of interesting places to visit and exciting activities to do. Croatian cities are well connected to a lot of European airports, especially between April and October, so finding an affordable direct ticket to one of its cities won’t be a problem. Also, as the country is not that large, renting a car is always a good option once in destination. Depending on your interest in Croatia you can find amazing offers for sea activities (diving, fishing, beach parties, isolated accommodation on small islands), hiking, ecotourism, partying in general, sightseeing, and many others.
I plan to use this perk in the future as well, maybe in another destination too. From this experience I know it’s very important not to take your usual home setup for granted because you might not have the same level of comfort in a new apartment. A good Internet connection and comfortable chair are a must for me, so I will have this in mind when picking a new apartment for a short-term rental.
Traveling to Croatia? Here are a few tips from my point of view:
Most popular beers: Ožujsko, Karlovačko, Pan are most popular brands – but craft beers are widely available and popular so make sure to try some local beers in almost any place.
Great selection of wines: Dingač, Pošip, Plavac, Vrbnička Žlahtina, Lasina, Babić, Vugava…
Most popular dishes to try as a foreigner: Paški sir (cheese), Dalmatinski pršut and Kulen (Croatian versions of smoked hams) Grilled meat (cevapcici, pljeskavica, mixed grill meat), lamb, black risotto, grilled fish, “pasticada”, “burek”, even pizza in many places is a great value for money.
Places to visit: Plitvice lakes, National Park Krka, Istria Region (cities like Pula, Rovinj, and Motovun), Zadar, Sibenik, Primosten, Trogir, Split, Omis, Cetina river, Biokovo mountain, Ston (best shell food), Dubrovnik, and islands Brac (Beach Zlatni rat), Hvar (Oldest theatre in Europe), Korcula (Birthplace of Marco Polo), Vis (Blue cave), Pag (Croatian Ibiza), Brijuni (wild nature park).
Best places for hiking: National Park Sjeverni Velebit, Paklenica, Mosor, Biokovo