A little bit about Croatia
Climate: April is a great time to visit south Croatia. Temperatures rise to a pleasant level during the day, winds are milder, and there is a ton of sunshine (12 hours a day). Weather is fairly consistent. Daily average temperatures are 15°C in April. They can reach a high of 22°C and only dip as low as around 7°C. But with climate shifting all over the planet, we cannot guarantee anything.
The People: The majority of the population are Croats. Minorities include Serbs, Hungarians and Gypsies. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic, although there are Christian Orthodox, Muslim, and Jewish minorities, mostly living in Zagreb. Croats don't always present the sunniest face to complete strangers, but break through that initial reserve and you'll discover the friendliest, most hospitable people you could hope to meet. If you're lucky enough to cross the tourist/guest barrier and be invited into a local's home, you'll soon become acquainted with the refrain 'Jedi! Jedi! Jedi!' (Eat! Eat! Eat!). Sharing food and drink plays a big part in the culture in Croatia, which speaks both to the nature of Croatian hospitality and to the quality of local produce.
The Food: Croatian food is awesome! Traditional Croatian cuisine is wide and varied, yet it’s hard to distinguish dishes that are exclusive to Croatia. Because, Croatian food has been influenced by tastes and traditions from neighboring countries, and different nations that ruled territory of Croatia throughout history. Dalmatian food, found along Dalmatian coast (where we will be), and on the islands, is based heavily on fish, greens, olive oil, and seasonings like garlic, rosemary, parsley, etc. Dalmatian cuisine is typical Mediterranean cuisine. Croatians have always believed in three meals a day, with lunch being the main daily meal. This, unfortunately, has changed in last years, as many people work 9-5, and simply aren’t home for lunchtime. However, lunches are still big family affair on weekends.
What to Bring: Although your trip may seem like a long time our best packing advice to you is to bring about half of what you plan to! Seriously, you don’t need much more than some yoga attire, casual clothing, and some good walking shoes. A warm sweater or jacket are nice to have for the early mornings and evenings as it does cool down and we will be doing yoga outdoors. Less is more when packing as you will want to have room for the awesome and cheap gifts and souvenirs you will find along the way.
Money: We recommend you bring your regular bank card from home to use on your travels. There are many international ATMs available where you can withdraw cash. Speak with your bank to let them know you are traveling as well as the duration and location to avoid your bank locking your card due to what they see as irregular activity. The currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna. The approximate exchange rate right now is 1 CDN = 5 HRK.
Tipping: Although tipping is not expected or required it really can go a long way for someone you think went above and beyond for you.
Your Group: Your groups will range in size from 5-15 travelers with a wide age range of anywhere from 18 up. We want everyone to feel welcome to come on a Breathe in Life trip. Regardless of the group demographic everyone has something in common right off the bat, you are all here to experience what amazing things Croatia has to offer you!
Trip Leaders/Yoga Instructors: All of our trip leaders and yoga instructors at Breathe in Life were chosen because of their passion for life, health, and love for travel. Our trip leaders are extremely knowledgeable on the places that we go and are there to make sure your trip is as amazing as it can be. All of our yoga instructors come highly experienced and fully certified by the yoga alliance.
Extending your Trip: Sometimes when 10 days just isn’t enough time and you may want to extend your return flight back to reality. We will be happy to assist you with this and support your new dreams to become a Croatian beach bum! E-mail us with any questions.
Solo Travelers: Not a problem at all! We have many travelers who will come solo on our trips and the casual group setting is a great environment to meet new like-minded friends. As far as your accommodations go you have two choices. We can pair you with another solo traveler of the same sex in a room with two or three beds or you can request your own room for a reasonable surcharge (if it is available).
Communicating with Home: Staying connected to home is easy to do as all the places we stay at have Wi-Fi in the guesthouse or near by. On Hvar Island the wifi is a 20 min walk away. If you have an unlocked phone you can also purchase a local sim card.