It has never been more affordable to travel to Europe. Croatia — a recent addition to the European Union — is one of the continent´s most affordable places to visit. Nestled on the edge of the Adriatic Sea is Dubrovnik, a town that earned its nickname as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Home to castles, fortresses and delectable seafood, a day in Dubrovnik won´t set you back too many kuna.
Start your day at the open-air market in Gundulic Square where fruits, vegetables and flowers are sold. Sip a coffee and a pastry while marveling at the vendors´ sales skills.
After breakfast, spend a few hours navigating the cobblestone streets and alleyways of the Old City. Although it may feel a bit touristy, it is not difficult to imagine the city from hundreds of years ago when horses trotted along the centuries-old stones.
When hunger strikes, head to Barba for a quick meal of Croatian street food. Fried seafood platters, burgers and oysters can be enjoyed in the restaurant or ordered to-go for a seaside picnic.
Nothing beats a sunset over the Adriatic. Expensive restaurants offer patios that overlook the sea, but a quick ride in the cable car ($8.90) or a fairly challenging 90-minute hike up to the top of Mount Srd will provide even better views. Purchase some provisions while still at sea level to enjoy a hilltop picnic.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.