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Guest post series #placestovisit – Why You Should Visit Krka National Park, Croatiapos

Today’s post is written by Sarah from that squat bot, if you would like to know more about Sarah please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.

Croatia is a beautiful country with stunning landscapes, rolling mountains and excellent food and wine. If you wanted to stay around the coast, I wouldn’t blame you – the glittering ocean, the Dalmatian islands dotted throughout, and the incredible sunsets are certainly a draw.

What if I told you there was a place equally as stunning a little inland, just an hour from Split – and that in going here, you would get the chance to swim in a waterfall? It’s true! Krka National Park is a bus ride from the second largest city in Croatia, and is well worth the trip to walk around the forest and breathe in the magic of the waterfalls.


How do I get to Krka?

We got a bus from the station in Split, which cost around £20 return and took an hour and a quarter to reach the village of Skradin. From there you go into the glass visitor centre to buy your ticket to Krka (around £7), then you hop on the boat which takes you to the park. The boat takes 25 minutes but this is definitely a part of the experience!
You don’t seem to need your ticket for the rest of the time you’re there, but keep hold of it just in case. I’d recommend booking your return bus journey, as the buses back can get busy and ticket holders are prioritised.

What to take to Krka

Before going I read that you had to take your own food and drink as there was nothing there – but this isn’t true! There are quite a few places to buy food and drink, although I would imagine they are fairly expensive. You can’t go wrong with grabbing a sandwich and a pastry from one of the bakeries near Split bus station – just remember to take all of your rubbish away with you when you leave – and take cash along too.


You do not want to miss out on the chance to swim in a waterfall, so the main thing you’ll want to take to Krka is your swim kit, beach towel and swim shoes. Pretty much all swimming in Croatia requires neoprene swim shoes and Krka is no exception. There are just toilets to get changed in which you have to pay for, so if you can arrive in your swimming kit then it’s going to be much easier for you.

Finally, don’t forget your walking shoes and camera to capture the stunning views!
What to do in Krka

The main thing that drew me to Krka was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall, as this is a real bucket-list-ticking moment! However, be aware that unfortunately there are restrictions where you can swim, and you can’t swim under the actual falling water – I heard a staff member say they had to cordon off areas as people were getting silly jumping off. A real shame, but it’s good to know our safety is paramount.

The swimming area gets deep quickly, the current from the waterfall is powerful, and you can easily get swept into some big rocks so you do have to be a strong swimmer to get out there. However, there is a shallower area if you’d just like to relax, get some photos, and tick it off your list!


I must admit, although the main draw was the waterfall, the most beautiful thing about Krka was the forest and the lovely walk you can do around the park. It takes an hour to get fully around, and although there are some hills, it’s fully accessible with step alternatives and wooden gangways that lead you over streams. There are so many waterfalls within the park and there are many viewpoints at which to grab photos of them at.

Should I get a guide or do an organised trip?

It’s up to you and what you’re used to, but I don’t think it warrants it. It’s easy to book your bus online or in the bus station – information is clear and everyone speaks good English – and once you’re in the park it’s simple to navigate around. All you have to do is enjoy the views.

It may be away from Croatia’s glittering coast, but Krka National Park is not to be missed on your trip to Croatia!

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Places to visit guest Post series

Who doesn’t like travelling?! I’m sure you all have a bucket list of places you want to visit or a dream holiday. I love to go on holiday and I would love to travel more if only possible but at the moment it’s limited because my boys were still little. However, it’s nice to indulge and get inspiration from travel bloggers who are happy to share their experiences and recommended places for a holiday or travel destination.

Since travelling is one of our interests but we can’t do as much as we would like at the moment that we are launching a “places to visit” guest series

The #placestovisit guest series will be a new Wednesday regular weekly feature on the blog and aims to feature fellow bloggers sharing their traveling diary, experiences, holidays and recommended places they have visited, uk and abroad. It would be a valuable insight to hear their journey of adventure so that when our turn comes, we will be ready and things we learn from their post will be handy for travelling.

The first guest post will start next week. If you would like to take part in this guest series and would like some more information please message me to get in touch.

Philippines

Since we originally came from the Philippines, I would kick start this guest series by showcasing you why you should visit the philippines.

The Filipinos

The people in the philippines is very welcoming and hospitable when it comes to visitors. They are more than happy to offer the best thing they have just to pleased their guest. They are very generous, entertaining and always smiling. They have a cheerful personality that makes you happy as if like there is sunshine everywhere.

The foods

There is a wide varieties of food choices in the philippines since many restaurant cater many different cuisines either Chinese, English, Japanese food and many more so you there is something for everyone. However, your travel to the country won’t be complete without trying filipino foods.

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The importance of having travel insurance.

We just got back from our holiday in the Philippines and unfortunately an unexpect thing happened while we were there. We didn’t have travel insurance, since we never thought we would need it.

My father in law has been ill for a while but we never thought that he would pass away so soon. Due to the unexpected circumstances we had to cancel the whole second week of our holiday, we had just landed from an internal flight across the country, so had to arrange a flight back immediately, cancel all our hotel bookings and rebook our flight home so we could attend the funeral. It was all non refundable and etihad airway could only waiver the penalty charge but not give us a discount despite of the reason. Hubby also booked with an agent who was not very helpful and didn’t answer our emails.

We now realise that if we would have had travel insurance, we could have claimed some of our expenses back, since we suffered a death of a family member unexpectedly while we’re on holiday. We’ve learned our lesson and I asked my fellow bloggers for their positive experiences in having travel insurance. They shared how it’s benefited them and that you’ll never know when you need it so it’s safe to always have one before you travel.

Tracey from Pack the pjs said, This didn’t involve me, but my aunt. She was on holiday in Spain when she slipped and fell down a flight of concrete steps. She had a European Health Card as well as travel insurance. When the paramedics arrived they wouldn’t go near her until my uncle had gone to their room to find the insurance papers. My aunt had broken her hip and was in hospital for 10 days before they’d let her fly home. She often talks about how she was left in a heap at the bottom of those stairs, in agony beyond belief, with noone helping until the insurance papers were checked. It makes me wonder what value the European Health Card that we are all advised to carry actually has.

Pete from household money saving said, Rather embarrassingly, I lost my wedding ring on our honeymoon. I’ve never worn jewelry before, so it wasn’t something I was used to. We went swimming off the west coast of Florida, and I was drying myself, I felt something wasn’t quite right. I spent 30 minutes looking in the sea and I’m not really sure why. The sea is a very big place! Anyway, we managed to get the cost of the ring back from the insurance. I do get reminded by my wife when we look through our wedding photos that it isn’t the same one though..

Laura from Mum on a Mission said, My husbands £3000 bike got lost by the airline when we went to Florida. The airline only covered £1000 in compensation and we hadn’t checked our travel insurance would cover it. It didn’t. But luckily the household insurance covered the rest of the money but it’s now increased our house insurance loads so we would have been better off with travel insurance for sure.

Sarah from Digital Motherhood said, My husband got so badly sunburnt this summer that we had to go to a private medical centre in Gran Canaria to get blisters popped and dressed 🙈 £370!!! Claim still going thru insurance at the moment.

Abi from Something about baby said, A story about why you should have travel insurance in place BEFORE you go on holiday…my niece recently came down with chicken pox a week before they were due to go on holiday. Unfortunately she had a bad case and the spots didn’t scab over in time. My sister in law managed to rearrange the holiday for a few weeks later, and because it was more expensive, was able to claim back the extra money on their travel insurance.

Emma from The money whisperer said, I got very sick with pneumonia in the USA and spent a full day in hospital with associated tests. I did have insurance but paid by credit card there and then and then claimed back once home. Beware of exchange rate movements if you do pay then claim after the event – I lost around £700 😫 If i was ever in a similar situation, I would always try and give my insurer’s details to the hospital upfront to invoice to avoid this.

Elizabeth from The Homemakers Journal said, After a bad fall on a Colorado ski slope, the ski patrollers who brought me down the mountain thought I was seriously injured, thus the ambulance trip to the ER, the extra oxygen in high altitude and a CAT scan. Fortunately, I wasn’t as badly injured as they thought, but we didn’t find that out until several hours had passed and we’d racked up more than $1,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses.Luckily, I had travel insurance that picked up all those out-of-pocket expenses. I know most families don’t think they need travel insurance, but it really can save the day — and lots of money as costs can run into six figures when someone must be evacuated in a medical emergency.

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Perfect Planning For The Family Trip Of A Lifetime


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Traveling with inquisitive kids is a real treat. The innocent way they approach new sights, sounds, and experiences adds a whole new level to a holiday that an adult just can’t experience without them. Every adult has a dream holiday destination in mind. Many people wait until the last kid moves out to head to the four corners of the world to explore. 

But these days, more and more people are taking their children to exciting and exotic destinations to give them the adventure of a lifetime. The theory is that kids who are exposed to interesting new sights and cultures at a young age will grow up to be more inquisitive, adventurous, and it’s a great self-esteem builder. Don’t want for the kids to move out before you head off for your holiday of a lifetime – take them with you.
Decide on a budget

Granted, it’s cheaper to travel as two adults alone, without kids in tow. But at least they’re cheaper than extra adults, right? Before you get your heart set on a destination, you’re going to want some idea of a budget. How are your savings looking? Is a loan viable? Homeowners with a bad credit history are now able to get poor credit loans, which are perfect for a little bit more money to pay for the family holiday of a lifetime. Otherwise, people with stronger credit histories might be able to purchase a fantastic adventure holiday for a small deposit and finance. There are many options available, so be sure to do your research before you set your heart on your destination.


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Beach or adventure?

What sort of holiday do you all desire? Is a city break your dream holiday? Would you prefer a road trip, a relaxing beach trip, or an adventure through the wilderness? The beauty of adventure holidays, including road trips, is that they can be super engaging for children of any ages. The educational aspects of these types of holidays are part of what is making them increasingly attractive to families in recent years. 

City breaks tend to be packed with beautiful sights, and interesting museums and shops, but can often be stressful for families. The busy streets and stress of navigating can make it less popular with families. Choosing the type of holiday that you’ll all enjoy is essential before you start looking properly.

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Sound the kids out

This is their holiday too, so their input is essential. What sort of holiday do they want to do? What are some of their current aspirations? Do they dream of riding on an elephant, zip-lining, visiting a space centre, or seeing lions in the wild? The family holiday of a lifetime should include things that every family member wants to do – even the tiniest toddler. 
Dates vs destination?

Depending on your budget and school holidays, you might find that you are required to compromise on some aspects of your trip. Are you able to travel during school terms? This is obviously one of the best ways to keep travel and accommodation costs low. Otherwise, are you willing to compromise on the destination or the length of the trip to keep travel costs down? 

If the dates you’ve chosen are fixed, it can seriously hike the price up. The flexibility of a week on either side could really help you to find cheaper flights and accommodation, even outside of term time.


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Get packing

Traveling as adults is straightforward – passports and visas are basically all we need, almost everything else we can source at the airport or our destinations. When traveling with children, it’s a whole other kettle of fish, especially for long haul flights. Taking provisions is essential, not just for their comfort, but for your sanity too. Food, entertainment, comfort blankets, pillows – basically the kitchen sink – are imperative. 
Get organised

Do you need a visa or visa waiver? Do your children need one too? Does your travel insurance cover the children, or do they need to be added too? Does the accommodation you’ve booked accept children? Are there any safety concerns for your destination that need to be accounted for? Are yours and your children’s vaccinations and boosters up to date? Getting organised well in advance avoids the mad rush that comes before traveling. Knowledge about your destination and any of its nuances will also help to put your mind at ease about traveling with children. Organisation is everything.
Taking children on the holiday of a lifetime can be stressful, but incredibly rewarding, educational, and inspiring. Have you ever taken your children somewhere a little bit obscure? 

Leave a comment and let us know!