Yes, you heard right! After spending months browsing for cheap tickets online, I finally bit the bullet and decided to make this trip official. There’s no turning back now! I bought my plane ticket!

On the 17th July I will be landing in Dubrovnik, in Croatia.

Dubrovnik harbour

Why Croatia?

I knew I wanted to start my trip in Eastern Europe, and I’ve agonised for months over the starting city to choose. Croatia is somewhere that has appealed to me for a long time. It has beautiful Mediterranean beaches, historical Roman architecture, and 1185 islands! I knew I wanted to take a route through Europe that would lead me to Moscow so I could have a Trans-Siberian adventure, and after deciding the countries I would like to visit are Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Ukraine, it made perfect sense to have Croatia first on the list.

What do I Plan on Doing in Croatia?

I plan on spending around two to three weeks, but nothing will be finalised so I’ll be free to stay for much longer if I wish. I plan on getting around the country by bus, and occasionally train. By starting in the coastal city of Dubrovnik, I can slowly make my way up the coastline towards Split, where I will stay and relax for a few days.

Happy Black Friday!

These are some of my favorite travel deals that are running over the weekend:

*Intrepid Travel are offering 20% off of all of their tours! I booked a day tour around Delhi through them this morning.

*My friend Kristin of Be My Travel Muse is offering a 20% discount on her Photo Muse Masterclass for the Black Friday weekend. Kristin is one of my favourite travel photographers, so if you've always dreamed of stepping up your photography game, this is the course for you!

* are reducing hotel prices by as much as 40% over the weekend. Definitely worth taking a look if you've got a trip coming up!

*Lonely Planet are doing a buy one get one free deal on their guidebooks this weekend, so I'd recommend stocking up if you have any adventures booked!

*I'm offering a whopping 75% discount on my Overcome Travel Anxiety course for the entire month of November. $10 is an unbelievable price for the amount you get by signing up. If you want to travel but suffer from fear and anxiety, I'll help calm your nerves and ensure you get out there and see the world!

*G Adventures are running a 35% discount on more than 500 tours between now and Monday! G receive fantastic reviews for their tours, and offer a great way to make friends if you're travelling solo.

*If you're a relatively new travel blogger, Nomadic Matt is offering an incredible 66% discount on all of his blogging-focused courses. I've taken his Business of Blogging course and learned a fair bit, even though I'd already been blogging for five years by that point! His tips also helped noticeably increase my income.

*On the topic of travel blogging, take a look at my guide to starting a travel blog. Many of the companies mentioned in the post (Bluehost, Elegant Themes) are offering some serious discounts for Black Friday!

*Viator are offering up to 15% off their tours with the code VIA18. I use Viator to book 90% of the day trips I take, so I highly recommend seeing if there's anything that appeals. I've already booked three day tours this weekend with this code!

One of the must-see destinations on my itinerary is the Plitvice Lakes — probably the place I am most looking forward to visiting in Croatia.

No visit to Croatia would be complete without a stop in the town of Pula, famed for having the sixth largest surviving Roman amphitheatre, and I’ve discovered that the annual Pula Film Festival will be held when I plan on visiting!

In Pula, there is Brijuni National Park, a group of fourteen islands, where I plan on spending some time. On the islands, you can visit a safari park and over 200 dinosaur footprints have been spotted too!

The final stop on my Croatian adventure will be the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. From Croatia I will be moving onto Slovenia, and having even more adventures!

I can’t wait!

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