Croatia is a fun, exciting, and fascinating country and what you need to know before your visit can answer the most pressing questions travelers have before a Workation.
The weather can fluctuate depending on the seasons, culture may not feel the same about tipping as what travelers are accustomed to, and the expected best places to visit may not meet your presumptions. By finding answers to the right questions before you leave on your Workation, you can make sure you have a better experience, one that meets and surpasses your expectations.
What you need to know before your Croatia Workation focuses on easing any possible anxieties travelers have before embarking on an unforgettable chance for self discovery. The best workstations are not just an introduction to a new city and country but also a memorable adventure, and knowing the answers to these questions will help.
Croatia is super safe to visit. The country has relatively low levels of violent crime and many of the petty crimes that take place are avoidable, like pickpocketing. Solo female travelers can also feel comfortable when on a Workation in Croatia.
Dangerous situations in Croatia are generally voidable which allows you to focus on enjoying your experience with the guidelines and boundaries of local laws and customs. In other words, use common sense and you should not have any safety issues when living life by walking, shopping, or swimming.
The tap water is perfectly safe to drink in Croatia. You can easily find bottled water in any shop but in terms of safety precautions, you do not need to drink bottled water and can fill your glasses or travel bottles from the taps.
In case of an emergency when visiting Croatia, call 112.
The single emergency number is available 24/7 and you can dial it regardless of your telecommunications device or network. This is the emergency contact phone number and will direct your call to any of the first responders required, such as ambulance, fire department, or police.
Croatia does have a list of recommended vaccinations travelers should have before visiting the country. However the requirements for vaccines depend fully on the Croatian government and can change depending on the health situation and what the government deems necessary.
Visit Passport Health for more advice on what vaccines you should get before visiting Croatia. You should also speak to your primary care physician or a travel nurse to learn more about the vaccines and your health.
As of January 1, 2023, the official currency of Croatia will be the euro.
ATMs are located all around the country and major credit cards are generally accepted in restaurants, hotels, and shops, especially when located in a popular travel destination. This makes traveling much easier, especially if you don’t have to worry about where or when to take out money. However, when visiting smaller towns or villages, it’s important to carry cash on you in case of an emergency or if a particular shop does not offer credit services.
It’s best to exchange money after arriving in Croatia.
Currency exchange centers are common in ports across Croatia making it easy to exchange money at airports, boat ports, or when crossing borders. Tourist agencies and exchange offices are common around popular tourist places but provide poor exchange rates. One of the best options is to pull out money from an ATM once you arrive in Croatia.
Tipping is common in Croatia but the amount generally differs than the custom in North America.
The different sectors of service have different average amounts you can expect to tip but the general advice is 5-10% in cafes and restaurants, 10-15% for tour guides, and 10-15% for skippers, and 0-10% for taxis if the service is impeccable.
If you hold a passport from the US, you do not need a visa when traveling to Croatia.
Travelers from the US can visit Croatia for 90 days within a 180-day period. This includes visiting during a Workation.
Travelers from the US and North America will need a travel adapter and converter when visiting Croatia.
Croatia operates on a 230v supply voltage with a 50 Hz frequency typical of European countries. This means that when visiting from the US, travelers must bring converters for their major electronics like hair dryers or alarm clocks but can use adaptors for modern technologies like laptops and phones.
Depending on your network provider back home, you can use your phone when in Croatia.
Many networks offer roaming coverage that includes a number of European destinations. Other possibilities beyond roaming exist as well including all-inclusive data plans for a certain price per day while abroad, or purchasing a local SIM card upon your arrival in Croatia to give you data, wifi, and calling while in the country, or across Europe.
Croatia is a great place to visit but the cultural differences make it important to understand what you should participate in and what you should not do so you can protect yourself and enjoy your visit.
Even when in friendly conversation with a local, don’t bring up the war with Serbia. Contemporary history can still be tender and it’s uncouth to bring up the subject especially if you have little to no understanding of the cultural nuances.
Do not call Croatia, Yugoslavia or disparage the country during your time there. It’s uncouth to talk nasty about a place you’re visiting, especially when the country opens its arms to visitors. Calling Croatia by its former name only adds to the insult by not recognizing the decades Croatia has stood as its own entity creating its own history and path forward.
10-14 days would give you plenty of time to enjoy Croatia during your Workation.
You could still do one week or give yourself 21 days and enjoy every bit of excitement, relaxation, and exploration but 10-14 days is the right amount of time for your first experience. You will have enough time to settle into a specific city, explore the highlights, and enjoy the feeling of living in a new space without feeling exhausted from moving to a new space daily. You can travel and tour at a slower pace that will keep you inspired, active, and refreshed.
Rakija is Croatia’s national drink.
Rakija is a type of brandy often distilled in private homes and made to the tastes of the individual. It is often made with dried figs but can be made with honey, or even mistletoe. It’s strong, fruity, and often used to welcome visitors, whether old or new friends to a home. Don’t be surprised if you are offered rakija in restaurants or by strangers who are eager to share their traditions and turn newcomers into friends.
Croatian are usually very punctual and expect the same of others. If meeting a local, be on time or even early to demonstrate your respect for the person and the custom.
You may be greeted by strangers often during your working as a sign of welcome and respect. While this may not occur in popular tourist destinations at busy times, when others notice you more often, they will start to greet you.
Cafe culture is strong in Croatia and locals tend to socialize over a cup of coffee, which could last for minutes or hours. Enjoy the experience and take part in the tradition.
The official language of Croatia is Croatian.
English is commonly spoken across the country, especially in tourist-heavy areas like Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar. Speaking English shouldn’t be a problem when staying in larger cities or when visiting popular areas. If traveling to small towns or villages, you may brush against the language barrier but in these instances locals generally do all they can to communicate warmly.
A Workation is a life-changing experience by allowing you to explore a better work-life balance according to your schedule, where you are interested in visiting, and how you want to travel. Whether visiting a new place on your own or traveling with a family, Workation ensures that you have the tools you need to be successful when traveling and working simultaneously. Croatia is a great place for Workation because of the access you have to cities filled with unique culture. Natural beauty stemming from the land and sea, and great infrastructure that will keep you connected to work during the hours you need it.
Find more information on what you can do and where you can visit before speaking with Workation to plan your time in Croatia. When you are ready, allow us to enhance your productivity and build a greater connection to your time away by using our knowledge of local life and culture. Take one step closer to planning your Workation or find more information with our ideas of The 5 Regions of Croatia and Where to Visit.