Ljubljana and Zagreb: Photos and Budget Update

Hello, friends! I am back in London! 😛

I do apologise for the lack of personal finance posts lately, but I think it’s okay to take a little break and not think about personal finance for a while. I hope you agree! So today, I will share some photos from my trip with you and to make it personal finance relevant, I will also post my travel budget update. Yes, the final numbers are in! 😉

LJUBLJANA, November 2013

Let me start by saying, I loved Ljubljana! It’s very small and the main sights can be easily reached on foot. I spent two full days in Ljubljana and both days I walked a lot. I arrived from the airport to the central bus station by bus (one way transfer costs 4.10 Euros) and walked all the way to my hostel which was on another side of town. It took me 25 minutes though, this is how small the city centre is. It’s a paradise for tourists! Just look at how pretty it is!

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My hostel was stunning. What a great first experience, I honestly could not have wished for a better hostel. There is a bar downstairs (you can see it on the first photo below) and the 5 rooms are upstairs. The hostel offers 25 beds and for 17 Euros it was a steal!

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Ljubljana is a vibrant city full of coffee shops, tea parlours, cosy bars and restaurants. These places get very busy in the evenings when both locals and tourists head out for a night out. Ljubljana is a fairly cheap destination which is, of course, a huge bonus!

I’d say the highlight of the trip was the castle on top of the hill offering amazing panoramic views of the city.

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Unfortunately, I did not get to go to Lake Bled since I wanted to spend a bit more time in Ljubljana strolling along it’s cobbled streets and soaking up the atmosphere. Oh well, at least I’ve got a reason to go back! 😉

Total spend:
Day one: 31.36 Euros
Day two: 33.65 Euros

ZAGREB, November 2013

On Saturday, I took an evening train from Ljubljana to Zagreb. I am glad I did not book my train ticket in advance as it was much cheaper at the station: 16 Euros one way! It took me just over two hours to get to Zagreb. Upon arrival, I made my way to the hostel and instantly made friends with a Japanese girl who was on her 3-month European tour.

I caught up on my sleep and went exploring Zagreb the following morning.

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Although there is beautiful architecture in Zagreb, I will be honest and say that I liked Ljubljana more. Nevertheless, I had an amazing time enjoying pre-Christmas atmosphere, savouring local food and drinking mulled wine. A lot!

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The next day I decided to get out of the city and head somewhere… magnificent. I found just the place – Varazdin. This place briefly became the capital of Croatia from 1756 until 1776 and when I was told there was a beautiful castle to be seen, I knew I had  to go! I love castles! A day return ticket costs 128 Croatian Kuna (which is around 14 Euros – bargain or what?!) and it takes one hour and 45 minutes to get to Varazdin by bus.

Varazdin is a charming town with cobbled streets, Baroque churches and a magnificent castle. To me, this is the perfect combination!

I spent hours walking around this charming little town and this was when it dawned on me that had I not come here, this whole trip would not have been the same. Isn’t it perfect?

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Day three: 20.15 Euros
Day four: 33.60 Euros
Total: 118.76 Euros

This can only mean one thing: I managed to stay within my budget! Do I get a round of applause for this? 😉

All in all, I had a fantastic time and it was £275 (all inclusive) well spent!

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I am also planning to return to Croatia in May next year and do some more travelling around. I am also planning to incorporate Montenegro to my trip in May as well as a brief visit to Istanbul. I will be posting more updates soon (and I can only hope you’re not tired of my travel tales!)

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On a different note, I am planning to catch up on your blogs in the next couple of days but since I am now actively looking for a flat to move into in a week or two, I may not be around as much as I’d like. I’ll be back as soon as I can, I promise! 🙂

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12 Comments

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Eva! Ljubljana seems right up my alley. And I’m super impressed with your travel budget. This makes me want to take a trip! It has been tooooooo long. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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  2. I love this post for a couple of reasons. Americans don’t travel as much as Europeans so you have exposed a lot of people to a country that may be completely off our radar unless we have extended family there. Croatia has always been a place that I want to go to but people really haven’t heard of it. Your pictures are fabulous and am very happy that your hostel experience was positive. I really love staying in hostels when traveling abroad. It’s a great way to meet new people and have a community (however briefly) that knows that you are there! I am planning to go to Iceland sometime in the next year or so and there is a gorgeous hostel that I want to stay at. I can’t wait! Keep the pictures coming.

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