Happy Croatia Week! (To me.) This Friday I’m travelling to Croatia with Just You, a company that specialises in escorted holidays for single travellers – note single travellers, not necessarily single people. I approached them last year as I liked the cut of their jib, as my late Mum would have said. I thought that we could work really well together and they agreed. I think they recognise that my readers are exactly the type of people that would appreciate holidays like these.

 

So, here’s the plan. On Friday I’m travelling out to Split with a group of Just You customers, so this isn’t a press trip with fellow journalists/influencers, I’ll be experiencing the country/holiday just like everyone else, which is actually really great for anyone following my trip online because you get to see the real deal.

 

It’s funny, but whenever I’ve told people about this upcoming trip, I’ve had two reactions:

 

“Oh Croatia! I really want to go there! We’re deciding between X country and Croatia and haven’t quite decided, so we’ll be following your trip to see what we think.” #NoPressure

 

AND

 

“I/my daughter/friend/Mum has always been nervous about travelling on their own so this sounds like the perfect solution.”

 

I love the fact that this holiday, and this company, is about an appreciation of travel. I’ve learnt over the years that you should never wait until circumstances are just right before you travel – I put off going to Paris until I was 44 because I always thought I should only go when the man I loved asked me to go. And look how that turned out haha! Aka, no-one ever asked me. Instead, I went with a wonderful travel blogging buddy for 24 hours and we had the best time, and after that, I vowed never to not travel just because I didn’t have anyone to go with, or because I was scared of the unknown.

 

travelling to croatia

 

The itinerary for this trip is incredible. It’s designed to show off the ‘must-sees’ and the ‘lesser known’ destinations, which allows me the freedom to explore on my own if I wish, go on extra excursions to places like wineries (YES PLEASE) and National Parks … so I can mix with other guests if I like, or spend time on my own exploring. If you’re anything like me, you get to the end of the day and you just want to chill on your own, and I get the impression would be more than OK. We each get our own room, and there’s never a single supplement to pay (one of my biggest single person bugbears), and the hotels are always 3* or 4* – the two hotels we’re staying in are 4*.

 

ITINERARY:

 

  • Day 1:  UK to Split
  • Day 2:  Zadar
  • Day 3:  Petrcane
  • Day 4:  Split and Makarska Riviera
  • Day 5:  Dubrovnik
  • Day 6:  Islands of Hvar and Brac
  • Day 7:  Tucepi
  • Day 8:  Split to UK

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with Croatia Airlines
  • 7 nights half-board in 4* hotels
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

 

I’m an independent globe trotter don’t you know. I’m 46, single(ish), my kids are old enough to a) be doing their own thing and b) not really being that bothered about travelling with their ‘incredibly embarrassing’ Mum, so I really think a company like Just You could be perfect for a woman … just like me. See what I did there.

 

travelling to croatia

 

I’m going to be posting on social media a fair bit whilst I’m out there so that you can come along with me. Virtually, anyway. So, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Look out for Instagram Stories, Facebook Live, and anything else Croatia’s 3G will allow me to do. I have a feeling that my photos are going to be incredible, so please do look out for them – and it would also be great if you could show a bit of love now and again, just so Just You know you’re out there! You can follow Just You on social via @JustYouHolidays.

 

I haven’t packed yet, I’m a real last minute packer, unlike Mum who always had a suitcase open on the bed in the spare room and started packing a month before we travelled. Which is ironic considering the one year she forgot to pack Dad any trousers. But I’ve been trying on some old summer outfits and nothing fits me, which means all the shopping – bummer (not.)

 

But I am SO excited about this trip and if it goes well, it’s definitely the type of company I’d be happy to give my hard-earned money to if it means getting to see more of the world. Who knows, this time next year I might travel with them to Burma or Borneo! The world is my lobster, whether I’m single or not.

 

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Published by Kate Sutton

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27 Comments

  1. I know that I’m not a single traveller but looking forward to reading your updates – also, reviewing AS a traveller and not as part of a press trip means that you will get the proper experience rather than the enhanced version. Great stuff!!

    1. Great isn’t it?! But the good thing with Just You is that if Kev doesn’t fancy going away, you can still go on your own knowing that it’s not necessarily full of singletons (like me), but just like-minded people. I’ll keep you posted!

  2. LOVE that you’re doing this Kate. Sounds fantastic. Good luck with the packing (I’m a last minuter too) and I will be following your trip with interest.

    1. Thanks Alison, it’s very exciting – I’ve wanted to go there for years. And yes, re. the packing, I wish I was more like Mum on this one but alas, it’ll be a Thursday night jobbie!

  3. Looks like a fab trip! Travel is always worth it. You’re never alone- other travels will always make you feel welcome is my experience. Have a great trip!!

    1. Thanks Lindy, and you’re so right, I always find most people super friendly when they’re on holiday so there’s always someone to talk to – or perhaps that’s just me always butting in on peoples’ conversations lol!

  4. Good onya Kate! It’s becoming more of a challenge to travel on my own these days. I don’t feel as safe as I used to – probably an age thing. Looking forward to your exploits,

    1. Thanks Fi. I feel exactly the same as you, I find myself worrying more as I get older so this holiday seems like a great balance of feeling secure and yet having enough space to do your own thing.

  5. I could not agree with you more – if I waited for someone to come with me every time I wanted to travel, I wouldn’t have seen half the places I have (admittedly now I have my daughter with me, but that’s a whole other type of solo travel). The whole attitude towards ‘singles holidays’ has finally started to change I think and this sounds like a fantastic trip too. I last went to Croatia years ago and loved it, so have been wanting to go back every since… especially Split, which I missed, so looking forward to reading what you see.

    1. Thanks Cathy – I think the label of the 18-30 singles holiday has finally, thankfully, worn off with the emergence of companies like Just You. Please do keep an eye out for pics, and assorted social media 🙂

  6. I am going to sound like one of the cliche people on your post now and say I’ve always fancied Croatia but just never made the trip. I look forward to seeing your photos and videos and of course reading all about it.

    As a side note, I will send this post to my single friend who loves to travel as this holiday sounds perfect for her x

  7. This looks fab! I remember my grandma doing something very similar a few years back and she had an amazing time. She visited Nepal and probably would have never have ventured there completely alone so it was an amazing opportunity for her.
    Have an amazing time and I will look out for your updates (and will look at all your pics green with envy I’m sure!).

  8. That sounds amazing! I loved to travel alone before kids and I like to travel more than my husband so this sounds like something I could seriously consider when they’re a bit older. Croatia is on my bucket list as well!

  9. This sounds like both a wonderful trip and a fantastic concept! I love the idea of travelling with a group of like-minded people who simply love to travel. I look forward to following along! Also, Croatia is amazing!!

  10. I have to say that I am pretty happy in my own company and have travelled on my own a couple of times. I really like the sound of this company and Croatia looks beautiful. Looking forward to following your travels and seeing the photos x

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