Things to see and do while backpacking in Split, Croatia.
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After this belly filling session, we headed for Mumbai. We reached home by 11pm. This was among the most pocket friendly trips of my college days. The split came down to 1300/- including travel, wine, food etc.!Sneha Pujani
The Insider’s Guide
Here is a list of ten noteworthy activities to do when you are in the Andaman Islands, especially for those keen on moving off the beaten path: Take a walk along the Phoenix Bay coastline: Situated next to Phoenix Bay Jetty, the place recognized for being the starting point to Havelock and other islands, the well paved road is bracketed by lush, evergreens on one side and the ocean on the other. Walking along this road, especially in the evening, gives you a splendid view of anchoring ships, tourists embarking from cruises and locals unloading their wares. A must for anyone wanting to experience island life at its grass root level. Travel overnight by ship to Hut-Bay: Ship journeys always make up a part of the top priorities in anyone’s list. Once you are done with travelling in style to Havelock, you should take a couple of days out to check out the inter-island ships, especially the ones to Hut Bay, Little Andaman. If you are lucky, you might even chance upon Dolphins swimming along your ship. Have Panipuri at a road-side shop: While this authentic Indian street food might not be indigenous to the islands, there’s always something special about taking in its spicy, tangy flavor against salty backdrop. One can find these shops at most corners. Learn scuba diving: Topping the list of adventure enthusiasts across the world, there is no better place to learn SCUBA diving, especially in India. With crystal clear ocean, warm tropical weather and clusters of underwater corals, the world below will mesmerize you and leave you breathless. On a lesser extent, one can check out snorkeling and other related activities. Hire and ride a bicycle in Havelock: Being one the few islands with a relatively flat terrain, there is no greater pleasure than spending your stay in Havelock with a bicycle in hand. It gives you greater freedom to move around as well as provide the perfect change from fast cars and faster lifestyles. Go for a mid-night dip and star gazing: Lack of pollution is best noticed by the ways the stars shimmer every night. There is no better way to stargaze than while in the ocean. You might even chance upon more than one shooting stars in the same night. Check out turtle nesting at Diglipur: Observing the nesting of adult turtles can be a life-changing experience. As they are very sensitive to disturbances, the trained guide will take you along pre-planned routes and destinations along the coast during the early months. One can also observe the hatching of young turtles and their subsequent passage to the ocean waters. Have tender coconut water: One of the most nutritious drinks native to the tropics, the tender coconuts offer absolute relief from the sultry heat. They make the perfect substitute for canned drinks and provide ample opportunity to interact with local sellers. Visit Ross and Smith Twin Islands: Located near the North Andaman, these two islands have a sand bar between. During low tide, the water recedes and the sand joining the two islands comes into play, facilitating movement across from one island to the other. During high tides, the water rises up and covers it completely, making it dangerous for everyone but the most experienced of us to swim across. A very unique phenomenon, Ross and Smith are part of the same island half the day, only to split into two for the other half. Drop in on the light and sound show in Cellular jail: The breathtaking narrative of the life of the heroic freedom fighters in India is brought to life every evening in the Cellular jail. An old tree standing amidst the courtyard is given a voice as the narrator and provides a heart-wrenching tale of those whole fought the Colonial rule and in turn sacrificed their lives. A very popular yet must see event, it is usually in English and Hindi (the most widespread language in the Indian subcontinent.)Ashwini Narayanan
Further south traveler encounters cities Trogir, Solin and Split, all located in the Kaštela bay. Trogir has a beautiful center located on a small island just off coast, and is crawling with historic architecture from Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance periods. A large concentration of different styles located on a very small surface is a place that every architecture fan should visit. Solin is best known for the ruins of a great ancient Roman city of Salona where You can visit the remains of the city’s thermae and amphitheater, and is considered by legend to be the birthplace of Roman emperor Diocletian.Miro Kržanić
The Journey Begins
From there, we were ushered into the back of a pick up truck with 6 others before being driven 10 minutes to an office where we were to be split up into our different choices of transport. The speed boat guys left straight away; the mini van group were told that they would be leaving at 4pm,- it was only 9.30am! They would arrive in Luang Prabang by 1am…This sounded horrendous.Judit Díaz Merchán
5. Find a travel buddy
As is often the case at home, having someone to split the bills with saves money. The cost of a hotel room split two ways is often cheaper than the cost of a bed in a hostel. Find a few more people and you could even share a nice apartment or villa for the same price. I was lucky enough to travel south-east Asia with a friend and we often “splurged” on staying at a hotel only to find out it was in fact the same price or cheaper than a hostel. Cabs, tuk tuks, etc. will also obviously be cheaper when shared. If you plan to travel alone, don’t worry, there are hundreds of other solo travelers out there you will make friends with and will also be keen to save some money.Carolyn Walter
My time in Split, Croatia
I’ve been living in Split, Croatia for the five months now. The first time I visited was last year and I quickly fell in love with the city, the culture and the people. Therefore, I’d like to first give you a quick introduction and tell you a little about this beautiful country.Mariana Frutuoso
I will introduce you to my hometown Kastela. It is actually spelled Kaštela and the weird letter Š is pronounced sh, but I don’t want to confuse you any more than needed. The name came after many castles (forts) built here and only nine of them still remained. What is interesting about my city is its construction – seven small places are organized as one city. But the most important part which is one of the reasons why I want to recommend staying here when visiting is its location. Kastela are located between two Croatian highlights – UNESCO cities of Split and Trogir. Being a smaller city, less crowded, cheaper accommodation with the airport and marina makes it a smart decision when traveling. The connection with larger cities is very good and there are numerous places to stay – hotels, apartments and latest trend Airbnb. People are welcoming, friendly and the city itself is quiet and relaxing place to stay in. Maybe the quiet part won’t win younger travelers or those who feel young, but as I said – larger cities are close and the buses go around during the day and night so you can have peace and fun when and where you want. For those who are not traveling on a budget think about renting a boat, it is not as expensive for foreigners as it is for Croatian people. I can’t say it is very cheap but most of things are way cheaper than in other parts of Europe. Being a tourist here may bring you higher prices but try to avoid classic touristic places, I guess it is the same rule everywhere.angela-bugarin
Jellyfish in Malaysia
She was taken straight to hospital, with us all in tow in the cab behind. It took maybe 2hrs of waiting around before we could go in and see her, and she was pretty much delirious and hooked up on various pain medications. She remained in hospital until the next day when we had to fly out. We managed to get her to the airport in a wheelchair and through check in, but when it came time to board, she was in too much pain to board. All our luggage had already been checked in, I needed to get back to Tasmania so I could go to uni, so we made a split decision: Mel and I would go back to Tasmania; and mum, dad and Liv would stay and go back to the hospital.Kara Tomes
Where Is Klis And How To Reach It?
Klis is situated in the hinterland, on about 15 km from the city of Split. Easy reachable by the car or taxi (it takes approximately 15-20 minutes). Moreover, if you are coming to Split from a highway, you can not miss this place as it is on halfway from highway exit to Split. There are also few bus lines that depart from the center of Split. The two-way ticket should not cost you more than 30 HRK (approximately 4 EUR). After meeting local people on the way there and small chat in the bus, be ready to discover Klis. Prepare that all information you will get from grannies in the bus will be explained using hands and Croatian language even though they see you don’t understand Croatian. Well, I guess that’s beauty of traveling and ability to meet new people and cultures.Anita Milina
How to get there?
There are many ways to get there. You can take a plane (which is the most recommended because of its geographical position) and once you arrive, you can take a bus to the city center which is just 20 kilometers away. You can come by bus of course or like I did, by car. I took E65 highway for 120 km from Split to the town of Plo?e. After that additional 100 km on regional motorway which took us through Bosnian city of Neum. By the way, prepare your passports, there are two border crossings 15 km apart because believe it or not Bosnia has a sea side. After crossing back to Croatia, you have 70 more kilometers to Dubrovnik.Angie Arce
Dubrovnik, Croatia- The Hidden Gem
So perhaps it was with some in trepidation and also a sense of curiosity and adventure that I booked a week long sailing adventure courtesy of the travel company G Adventures. I would be sailing from Dubrovnik to Split on a yacht just of the Dalmatian coast. Each yacht would have around five passengers including the skipper and we would all be involved in the sailing to reach one of the many islands scattered off the mainland each night.E. Jackson
Fremantle: a city from A to Z
Fremantle is split into four distinct precincts; North Fremantle, South Fremantle, East Fremantle and…. Fremantle. Many have theorised about what happened to ‘West Fremantle’ but for now, we can only assume that Kanye sued for trademark infringement and leave it at that. Geographically speaking, Fremantle is built on the coast. An historical port town with access to the Swan river leading straight to Perth City. Very handy if you’re a pirate of old, or these days, just Hertz expecting a new shipment of rental cars from Japan.Nea Steele
From Split to Plitvice Lake National Park
I went early in the morning to Split main bus terminal, located right next to the harbor and train station. The bus schedules are pretty fixed, so it would be safer to reach early to purchase your ticket. Alternatively, you can purchase your ticket from www.buscroatia.com. The bus schedules can be found on the website as well. Also to take note is that the buses leave on time. I had an 8.30am ticket, and sure enough, the bus leaves the terminal on the dot. Also, there are different bus companies that run the same route, and different bus companies might charge for storing of baggage for about 10 kuna. Just simply check with the bus driver (the ticket I bought from the station does not charge additional for the baggage). Pack some snacks for the journey. You won’t have any chance to stop for a bite along the way.J.Shan
My second home
When the majority think of Croatia, they think of crystal clear waters in Hvar, the amazing waterfront in Split or the old town of Dubrovnik. Majority don’t know of all the hidden gems Croatia has to offer, and by gems I mean towns. If you’re looking for an adventure off the radar, or away from the mainstream there are many places that are slightly less known and incredibly amazing. City Walls, Old Town – DubrovnikKJ
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