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The Biggest Road Trip Mistakes Made While Traveling Solo in Croatia

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I spent two weeks in Croatia on a solo road trip, and it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. But if I could go back and start over, there are some things I would do differently.

I planned a road trip for my first visit to Croatia. It was also my longest solo getaway.

Wendy Rose Gould


From a young age, travel has been essential to my personal growth and I am fortunate to have seen many parts of the world. So, after several years of not being able to shake off my travel itch due to the pandemic, I decided to plan a big solo adventure.

I knew I wanted to visit somewhere with fewer crowds, where I would feel comfortable as a solo traveler, and somewhere that could offer me a mix of history, culture and natural beauty.

My research led me to Croatia, a crescent-shaped country that borders the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe with medieval architecture, an abundance of beautiful national parks, and a diverse range of experiences.

I decided to take a road trip so I could maximize my time while working my own schedule. My itinerary involved landing in Zagreb and then slowly descending to Dubrovnik over two weeks.

It would be my first time in Croatia, my longest getaway on my own, and also my first solo road trip abroad. The trip was nothing short of magical, and I know I will be back, but I made a few mistakes that I would do again if I could.