I wasn’t exactly looking to go there at the moment but there were amazing fares to the country (from the US) for around $250 to $300. When I got home from work, I booked a short trip which would give us 6 full days in Croatia.
The total cost for Kim, Lucas, Theo and I came to $1,177.72 ($294.43 per person).
There were some concerns with the flight I booked. However, due to the deal, the best option was to book quickly, figuring I could always decide to cancel within 24 hours.
My two concerns:
- Considering the flights were in Basic Economy there was some worries related to luggage.
- A bigger issue for me was that I always planned to visit Croatia as a month- long trip to see most of the country while also including places nearby like Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia (to finish off seeing all of the Balkans).
Why we canceled:
- I called British Airways customer service on the way to work the following morning to find out about the baggage allowance for Basic Economy fares. Based on what I was told, there was no way we could bring what we’d need for the trip. Regardless of this, I had pretty much decided we’d be canceling due to reason #2.
- Like I mentioned above, I’ve been saving a visit to Croatia to do a bigger trip there. Flying roundtrip to Zagreb would allow us time to see that city and possibly do a day trip or two. Another option I was considering was including a visit to Slovenia which is less than two hours away. I really felt that this trip was going to be way too rushed and not worth it. We can always go another time and do the trip the way we always envisioned it!
While it was painful to cancel a sub $300 flight to Europe, I feel that it was the right decision for us. Basic economy sounds like a real pain, especially when traveling with kids.
And while I’m not against short trips to Europe, (we’ve done our share) this one just didn’t seem right to me.