If you’re running away from the hustle and bustle of life and escaping to somewhere a little more relaxed, like Hvar, then there are a few things to consider before you take off. Some of the main questions that you should ask yourself when planning your next adventure are:
And most probably you’ll want the cheapest option possible.
How much is it going to cost me?
The cost of a holiday be it for one week or one month all depends on your choice of accommodation, the activities you do and the places you decide to eat. It is possible to visit some of the most expensive places in the world on a budget but only if you make the right choices.
Once you go hostel you’ll never again go hotel. Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple or a group of friends hostels are the best places to stay in any city. Why? Well firstly they are much cheaper than any hotel. Depending on the time of the year, the location of the hostel and the type of room that you choose, hostel prices can range from 10/15 euro to 100 euro per night. Remember to check with the hostel directly. Prices will be cheaper if you book through hostel own website.
Secondly, especially if you are a solo traveller, they are the most sociable places to be. The majority of hostels have a Common Area so that people can come together, share their travel experiences and maybe even a bottle of wine from the local supermarket. And if you are really lucky, like we are here in Youth Hostel Villa Marija, your hostel may even have a terrace bar.
Finally, most hostels have a kitchen. Having a kitchen allows you to make your own meals. A big money saver. Popping down to the local supermarket and stocking up on the basics like bread, milk, cereal and of course pasta, a travellers staple diet, can cut the cost of spending money everyday on breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The easier choice is to probably take a taxi to your hostel but that most definitely doesn’t mean it’s the best choice. The taxi drivers at the airport are waiting patiently to pounce on the lost looking tourists. And if you are in a country with a different currency a quote from a taxi driver can seem fine until you suddenly remember your division tables in the back seat of the car. And well then it’s just too late.
Before you land in a new country look up the possibilities for using public transport. All airports have connection buses or trains to the city centre. If you didn’t have time or forgot to look it up just ask at an Information desk. Often cities have city passes or a weekly tickets for trains and buses. These are really handy and saves the panic of not having enough change and holding up the queue. Also don’t forget to check whether you can walk to it or not. Sometimes the hostel may be just around the corner. Information or a helpful friendly person could help you with that.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. “
This is a famous quote that you can keep in mind when travelling as you should allow yourself to get lost in the beauty of where you are. Although guided tours are a great way to learn about the surrounding area or famous landmarks they can be extremely expensive and group numbers can be high.
Why not try your own tour and discover the places for yourself? Instead of paying 30 euros for a half day tour why not spend that money on hiring a scooter for the day. It is a fun alternative way to travel around an area and is one of the most popular things to do here in Hvar. If your on a budget and not interested in spending your partying money on a tour it’s important to remember that there is always something to do for free.
A chilled out day at the beach with a packed lunch is always top of the list of free things to do. Or why not find a view point to see the sun setting on a beautiful summers evening. Being a traveller also means being a wanderer and more often than not you’ll wander on the roads less travelled by others.
At this stage you have probably decided that you´re staying in a hostel and now it’s time to decide what you’re going to bring with you. First things first pack lightly. There is nothing worse than pulling or carrying a big heavy bag around busy streets and up steps and we have lots of steps in Hvar. Always remember that you don’t need an outfit for everyday. We always wear the clothes in which we are most comfortable. Also most hostels provided a laundry service so you’ll never run out of clothes. A smaller bag also means more room in the dorm and it might even fit under your bed. If you do decided on a smaller bag its important to know that hostels provide towels for a very small deposit or charge. More room in the bag for all those cosmetics. Speaking of cosmetics keep them to a minimum. You can always buy them in the local supermarket for a good price. Don’t bring the “JUST IN CASE OUTFITS”, you’ll never wear them.
If you’re a light sleeper, earplugs and an eye mask are key. But if you’re the person coming in late from the club have the torch on your phone ready. No one likes the lights being turned on in the middle of the night. And try not to get a fit of the giggles. Although that’s easier said than done.
Travelling can be cheap if you put your mind to it but it all depends on the choices you make.
WRITTEN BY: Helen Reynolds
BOKO d.o.o. za ugostiteljstvo i turizam
Lucije Rudan 7, Hvar 21450
Trgovački Sud u Splitu, MBS: 060327248,
član uprave: Ivan Boko,
upisani temeljni kapital uplaćen u cijelosti: 20 000,00HRK
Račun otvoren u Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d.
IBAN: HR 16 2340 0091 1107 1541 6