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Croatia for 4 nights from NY

I"m turning 50 in July and a really want to head to Croatia but I only have 4 nights. Is that long enough to enjoy the coast or will i spend the whole time jet lagged. Any other reccomendations? coming from New york area.

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Laura, this is your first post ever to this board. Please say more about yourself and your past travel experience before we invest time in debating the value of a 4-day trip to Europe. Age, past trips, health, family, citizenship, vaccine status.

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Sure thing - US citizen about to get my second vaccination next week. in great health, Travelled extensively 5 continents 20 or so countries.
Living in NJ - Looking to explore the coast , maybe snorkel and boat and eat tons of fresh food.
Family is staying home - this is a girls trip!
Thanks!

Posted by
660 posts

United Airlines has a non-stop flight between Newark and Dubrovnik for $789 round trip, but not every day. If you can do this, you’ll be able to take a day trip to the Bay of Kotor too.

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I've done long weekends in western European cities from the east coast of the US. Non-stop is absolutely requisite, as is solid confidence that I can push through the jet lag, and have a full day after I land. (And that confidence is waining with time/age.)

Beyond that's I'd say the world is your oyster and the "worth it" assessment can really only be made by the traveler.

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Oh! And the willingness to pay the price in fatigue upon return! I've fallen asleep at my desk more than once after returning from a whirlwind trip. (Good thing I'm not a surgeon!)

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2296 posts

I'm 48 and have done multiple 5-day trips to Europe, including travel days. So, that's 2.5 days/3 nights on the ground. The first of these trips was to Vienna in 2015 (wanted to see a performance by an orchestra led by my favorite conductor). For me, the keys to a successful short trip are to do things that keep me moving on the day of arrival* and to get a good night's sleep the first night. With that, I'm good to go on Day #2 in Europe. I will add, though, that jet lag is not a huge issue for me.

*first-day activity failures include evening opera in Vienna and daytime boat ride on the canals of Amsterdam (slept through much of both)

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Non-stop is absolutely requisite

I've done my short trips with up to two connections each way 🙂, but I start at a regional airport with no international flights.

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4419 posts

IMO the best part of the Croatian coast is around its islands, but they take time to get to and I would always recommend that the last night is spent near the airport, not hours away by boat! With your timescale, 2 bases isn’t the best use of time. Is that 4 nights actually in Croatia?

You are much travelled, so you will know how badly you suffer from jet lag. That length of flight eastward would wipe me out for a week, but my husband suffers more in the opposite direction.

A number of European countries have said they are going to reopen to international tourism, but whether they manage this without further lockdowns or policy changes regarding quarantine, vaccination or Covid testing before and/or on arrival is anyone’s guess! It’s difficult to predict more than a week ahead at present. Covid infection rates in Croatia have been rising recently, but hopefully the vaccine rollout can be accelerated which should bring these numbers down.

You must be prepared for last minute changes to flights - in November, my return flight from Spain to London was changed 7 times and I had a choice of extending my holiday by 3 nights or returning 4 nights earlier than booked, as the flights shifted from twice weekly to just weekly, due to a lack of demand for seats.

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1811 posts

As much as I love Croatia, I would not consider the time and expense to get there worth it for only four days. Are you intent on Europe? I'd go to the Caribbean instead.

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724 posts

Sounds good to me if you can catch a non-stop to your destination; otherwise, you may have 2 travel days for only 2 vacation days.

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Helo I M from Dubrovnik. Depends what you want for 4 days. You can enjoy in Dubrovnik and take 1 or 2 day trip on some island or maybe visit touristic popular city near by like Kotor and Mostar. But for ali cost need much more time to enjoy