From the first of July, Croatia will be the latest member of the EU, the 28th of the group, following the European Commission stating Croatia has a clean bill of health.

Croatia has been attempting to join the EU for a decade now, while they have spent that time applying a string of reforms required for inclusion. Croatia will be taking on the European currency, which will be of great interest to economics around the world as Croatia has been struggling with a three year long debt crisis as well as a low credit rating. In normal circumstances, Croatia may not have managed to have made it into the EU, however their strong connections and hard work has paid off as they will be joining imminently.

Croatia was actually downgraded to the lowest investment status available according to Standard & Poor’s. However, I’m curious of what this will mean towards booking a holiday to Croatia over the next couple of months. Once Croatia is a member of the EU, it should become a lot cheaper to use your mobile in Croatia, while tourist destinations might become more well known.

Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, however it still hasn’t been over populated with tourists, therefore I would highlight Croatia as a place to visit before its known. Price ranges will vary dramatically in Croatia depending on where you are. Areas such as Istria, Dubrovnik or any of the Islands will have hiked up prices to make the most of tourists, however you can get away with a very cheap holiday if you stay off the touristy areas.

Have you ever been to Croatia? Let me know what you thought of the beautiful Balkan country or what your thought-track is with them joining the EU in a months time.
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Oh, if you do get the chance to go to Croatia, then I’d recommend having a read of my list of things to do in Zagreb.

It is weird looking back at this post, around other countries wanting to join the EU and I’m in the UK that stupidly wants to leave. It brings me great frustration, but alas, there is nothing I can do but protest against the racists and bigots of my country, who refuse to listen to every expert opinion out there. Hey, maybe I will have to move to Croatia! My money would certainly stretch a lot further.


  1. Dale June 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    We really enjoyed our time in Dubrovnik when we started our travels last year, especially when we went off the beaten path and discovered some people free areas near the water.

    It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how tourism explodes in a country we already saw getting pretty busy just those 10 months ago.

  2. fiona maclean June 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I’m actually off there next week! Lucky me ehh!

  3. World Traveller September 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    It’s a common misapprehension that when a nation joins the EU it immediately adopts the euro. While there is a general assumption that most countries will sign up eventually, Croatia remains firmly committed to the kuna – the currency it’s had since the break-up of Yugoslavia.

    Similarly, Denmark, Sweden and the Czech Republic retain their respective versions of the crown.


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