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What not to do on the first night




17315_10152854138137466_7334839587221577543_nI was waved off from the train station by my best friend and her boy. I was exhilarated by my forthcoming travels and had not even a seed of doubt or worry in my mind about ‘going it alone’.

Off I went. Train to Manchester Airport then flight to Split, Croatia.

I’ll explain a little about my first night in Croatia. I have travelled many places but this time I thought ‘You know what, I’m just going to get there’. The extent of my planning was choosing the location – Plitvice Lakes National Park had been the desktop background on every computer I had ever used and from the day that I found out where this stunning place could be found, it was number one on the bucket list.

So there I was, in Split, with no accommodation booked & also no pre-planned arrangements of how to find accommodation. I had just got off the bus from the airport, it was approximately 10:30 at night and the sky was roaring with thunder whilst absolutely lashing down with rain. This was the point when I thought to myself ‘What the…have you done?! Why did you not book any accommodation?! Why not at least Google where some hostels are located and print off a map?! I want to go home!’

After pulling myself together, I saw some stereotypical ‘backpacker’ type people walking quite a way ahead of me. They had their luggage so I figured that they must be heading towards a hostel. I followed them – in a non-creepy, stalkerish way. I just happened to be walking in the same direction as sadly they were too far ahead for me to go and ask if they had any directions.

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Brilliant! They had led me to a whole backstreet of hostels. I went to the open door of the one that looked most respectable and luckily for me, feeling like a drowned rat, they had a bed…in a 12-bed dorm & underneath an elderly man who snored louder than a collection of New Year fireworks accidently exploding inside a metal trash can.

Advice – Plan your accommodation, even if just for the first night. Yes it worked out for me. But this was after a horrible feeling of being alone, lost and ‘bed-less’ for the night and seriously considering if I knew myself as a person. Also, when I did this, it was in low season – I would expect accommodation to be much harder to come across in the summer months.

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