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
“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.
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*.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.