After 3 months of non-stop travel, the question of “When are you coming home?” from friends and family has become more and more frequent.

To be honest, I’m tired.

I’m tired of living out of a travel backpack. Tired of being on planes. And trains. And boats. But, I’m not coming home.

I’m moving to Croatia.

This summer has been bananas to say the least. After starting my adventures in Sweden, I’ve now been to 7 countries in the past 3 months. The time has come where this girl NEEDS to unpack that bag and rest her head on a familiar pillow.

Plus, there’s this little thing known as Schengen.

Schengen is the 90-day dream crusher for any non-European traveling long-term in Europe. For those who have no idea what Schengen is- Basically, certain European countries are a part of a little “club” where they act like a single country with a common visa policy. That means travelers can only hang out in Schengen Area for a total of 90 days out of 6 months.

In other words, I’m nearly out time.

*insert sad face here*

Lucky for me, Croatia is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I first went to Croatia two years ago for The Yacht Week and fell in love with places like Krka National Park and the island of Hvar.

With crystal blue waters, natural wonders, a long summer, friendly locals and cheap & fresh seafood it’s hard to beat. Plus, it also happens to not quite yet be a part of Schengen.


My bags are packed and tomorrow morning I head out on a 4-day road trip from Stockholm down to the Istria region of Croatia!

My Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Drive from Stockholm, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark (6.5 hours)
  • Ferry from Gedser, Denmark to Rostock, Germany (4 hours)
  • Overnight in Rostock

Day 2:

  • Drive from Rostock to Berlin (2.5 hours)
  • Drive from Berlin to Prague, Czech Republic (3.5 hours)
  • Overnight in Prague

Day 3:

  • Drive from Prague to Brno, Czech Republic (2 hours)
  • Drive from Brno to Vienna, Austria (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Overnight in Vienna

Day 4:

  • Drive from Vienna to Graz, Austria (2 hours)
  • Drive from Graz, Austria to Maribor, Slovenia (1 hour)
  • Drive from Maribor to Zagreb, Croatia (1.5 hours)

That’s 4 new countries for me in just 4 days!

I’ll spend a few days in Zagreb before arriving in my final destination, Kraljevica (Also known as paradise!) My little seaside retreat is called Villa Dora and it couldn’t be more perfect.


But seriously… WOW.



This beautiful Austro-Hungarian house was built in the 1930’s and is now a holiday destination offering apartment and studio rentals for travelers around the world. With seas views, a pool and private garden, it really is a slice of heaven.

I’ve signed up for a month at the private bungalow on the property to cater to my inner mermaid.

It’s the longest commitment I’ve made in years.

So that’s what’s next for the adventures of The Blonde Abroad! If you have any recommendations for exploring Istria or have any questions about my trip,

comment below!

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.