Friday, 03 April 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


College is the best opportunity for you to travel and have fun because you might not find time as you move into your career age. However, travelling as a student can be expensive and require tricks to have fun on a tight budget. The following things are vital before embarking on any trip - 

⮚ Decide whom to go with for it to be fun
⮚ Decide where you are going
⮚ Book and plan in advance
⮚ Visit travel forums, blogs, to evaluate destinations
⮚ Make a budget
⮚ Double-check on everything before travelling

Save more money for travel by reducing university costs

Saving tips come in handy for a student whether they are travelling or not. Money is hard to come by with tuition and accommodation fees to clear. Living within your means helps, you save for vacation and other essential needs such as paying for writing services. provides cheap writing services for students who live on a budget. Students should apply the following saving tips - 

⮚ Rent used textbooks instead of buying expensive ones
⮚ Eating out once in a while
⮚ Try to cut out habits such as eating junk food
⮚ Buy used textbooks and sell them at the of the academic year
⮚ Shop during discounts and sales
⮚ Living with other and cost-sharing rent and other bills save money
⮚ Consider cheap and effective phone, cable, meal, and gym plans
⮚ Find part-time jobs to complement your financial needs

Target to travel outside significant tourism month 

Pick seasons for tourists come with long queues, flight delays and inflated destination prices. Flexible vacation dates ensure that you eliminate these terrible experiences. You can kill two birds with the same stone saving money and getting a pleasant experience. It is not easy enjoying a vacation with stuffed hotel rooms and crowded beaches. It defeats the purpose of the trip because you travel to refresh your thoughts and to get a peace of mind. You should also consider cheap places to travel for college students. Travelling off-season, e.g. during winter ensures cheaper flights, accommodation, food and an authentic experience.

Volunteer programs are the cheapest way to go on vacation

student volunteer program africa 2020

A volunteer vacation is a great way to save money while giving back to society. If you have ever fantasized about experiencing diverse cultures then volunteer in Africa. The continent is rich in culture and wildlife. The trips give you more experience and can develop skills for a future career. Volunteering is also suitable for the creation of networks and long-lasting friendship that adds value to your life. While on this vacation accommodation, food and travel are usually free of charge. However, volunteering requires a different mindset because it is not all fun. Many activities are involved, and only a philanthropist can enjoy this kind of vacation. Trips far from home might take you off academic balance. Buy custom essays online to keep your academic life healthy.

Utilize available Student Discounts

Your student ID is the key that opens all discount doors. Make sure you carry it around because showing it can get you some percentage of air tickets, sales and even accommodation. Student universe is the place to go because they offer discounts on flights, hotels and tours for students and young people. Destinations offer discounts and reduce prices before or after pick season to attract tourists. Take advantage of their desperate measures to stay afloat to visit exotic places on an unimaginable budget. The following methods can help you identify student’s discounts - 

● Research for student’s discount
● Consult student travel agencies to find new offers
● Always ask if there are student discounts
● Subscribe to travel sites to get discount alerts.

Consider cheaper sleeping options


Accommodation can be tricky, especially at a destination you have never visited before. However, some options are cheaper than hotels in every place you tour. Camping is the most viable choice because it is free unless you need to rent camping kits. It can be an excellent way to reduce stress and create better bonds with friends and family while learning a new skill. It is also an excellent way to reconnect with nature. Hostels are cheaper ways of saving money while travelling. Hostel booking should be in advance with a variety of options available. You will be surprised to meet so many people who travel the world on a budget. Finally, you can also rent out a room from a local in your destination city or plan to stay with family or friends.

Choose alternative transport

When in a new city people find it safer using taxies than public transport. They also opt to spend much money for fear of getting lost or losing personal effects. Consider using the train and road trips where an air ticket is expensive. Other means of transport include subway, buses, bicycles and scooters. You do not need to travel to other cities to unwind. Consider local travels and simple picnics to reduce travel costs. Budget travel requires you to be sincere with yourself about your financial status. The following measures enable successful travelling on a tight budget - 

⮚ Get students cards that give transport discounts
⮚ Rent a track that can double as accommodation
⮚ Consider carpooling with friends
⮚ Railcards enable train discounts

Always remind yourself that you are a traveller, not a tourist

Tourists go on cruises traversing the world buying gifts and artifacts from different cultures for their families. Your tight budget cannot allow these kinds of exotic touring. Your ability as a traveller to transform into a local will help you save while having fun. To survive you should eat, travel and buy goods as a local to limit your spending. Instead of exhausting funds on exotic dining, hit a local bar or pub and have barbecues and cheap beer with your friends. While having fun, your academic life might slow down. School assignments might pile up, and the stress of tight deadlines might limit your fun. PerfectEssay is there for your writing service, ensuring you meet deadlines while having fun.

Conclusively, vacationing on a tight budget can be a horrible experience if you are not cautious. Saving for a trip can go a long way during the budgeting process. Alternative accommodation and transport relieve you off the stress of both. Travelling within your means allows you to enjoy the trip while off-season allows authentic experience on low budgets. Utilizing student’s discounts reduces costs of the vacation. Volunteering is the only way you can travel free of charge. A student can come up with a successful travel budget by following the above-recommended tips.


After the horrible series of earthquakes that rocked the Croatian capital last Sunday it appears that not only did the shocks leave many of the buildings damaged, over 26,000 in total, but also had a lasting effect on the local population.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) have reported on their Twitter account that over 600 people reported an earthquake measuring only 1.5 on the Richter Scale for the first time in the organisation’s history.

Last week, Zagreb shook with two strong earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.5 and 5.0, followed by more than 90 minor tremors and aftershocks. And then again on Tuesday night an earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter Scale again rocked the Croatian capital and caused the website of EMSC to close down as more than 100,000 Croatians tried to open the website.


The number of people infected with coronavirus in Croatia has risen to 657 since this morning with 22 new cases confirmed.

The Health Minister, Vili Beros, said at a press conference of the National Headquarters on Saturday afternoon that since this morning the number of coronavirus patients has increased by 22 and a total of 657 people are infected. The minister added that unfortunately five patients have died in Croatia due to coronavirus. The fifth victim is a middle-aged man.

"Unfortunately, one patient died. He had high blood pressure, which is one of the riskier diseases for coronavirus infection. Those who have some chronic diseases are at high risk and need to be very cautious," said the director of the infectious clinic, Alemka Markotic.

"Police have collected 3,290 reports of violations of self-isolation, of which 865 have been identified. Those fellow citizens who do not adhere to the measures will pay fines," said the Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic. The minister again urged citizens to stay home.


You’ll have one hour less in bed tonight as daylight saving time comes into force tonight. From 2.00am on Sunday the 29th of March you’ll need to adjust your clocks to 3.00am, yes that means an hour less in bed.

Although the benefits of both winter and summer time have been debated for a long time, Croatians will still need to shift their clocks forward one hour from 2:00am tomorrow morning, of course your devices that are connected to the internet will probably do this automatically.


Stuck at home? Getting fed up of watching daytime telly? Get off the couch and get your thinking caps on its quiz time. We have come up with 40 general knowledge questions to blow the cobwebs from your minds and get those grey cells working.


OK, some questions are simple, but then again some are real brain busters, if you get over 35 we will be well impressed.

Check out our quiz and let us know how you got on – good luck!


There have been no new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Dubrovnik in the past 24 hours and the number of people infected remains at 31.



At the regular morning press conference of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County the Prefect of the County, Nikola Dobroslavic, announced that “There have been no cases in the last 24 hours. We are on the right track, we will continue to adhere strictly to the measures and we will overcome the crisis, we are optimistic.”

He added that “So far, we have 31 positive cases in the county, 203 samples have been sent to Zagreb, and today we expect 14 results. In the last 24 hours the measures of self-isolation have not been violated.”

The director of the County Institute of Public Health, Dr. Mato Lakić, commented that “Of the five newly diagnosed patients, three are from the same family. The fourth contacted coronavirus from someone who was already infected and with the fifth newer case we are looking for the source of infection. The average age of patients in Dubrovnik is 50 and 17 patients are women and 14 men, the majority of the patients are from Konavle and are connected to the airport where the first case in Dubrovnik appeared.”

Stjepan Hauser, one half of the popular cello duo, 2Cellos, has recorded a romantic stay at home video with his stunning Italian girlfriend, Benedetti Caretti.

Hauser and Ceretti have released a haunting version of Celine Dion’s Titanic hit “My Heart Will Go On” and have called it their “Quarantine version.” And the Croatian heartthrob cello star commented on his Instagram account that “Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on...” Who do you miss the most that you can’t see during this quarantine?!

Check out this beautiful quarantine version by Stjepan Hauser and Benedetti Caretti.


The number of people infected with COVID-19 coronavirus in Croatia rose overnight by 49 with a new total of 635 people infected with the virus. Four people have unfortunately died from coronavirus in Croatia - a caterer from Istria, a man from Zagreb, a woman from Slavonski Brod and a woman from Pula. There are currently 20 patients on respirators and in more positive news 45 people in Croatia have recovered.



"We have 49 newly confirmed patients this morning, compared to yesterday's increase, the number is smaller. Most of these new patients come from a single micro-location where we have introduced special epidemiological measures and expect the infection to continue at this rate. We have tested 4,938 people. Unfortunately, four people have died, a patient in Pula died last night,” commented the Health Minister, Vili Beros.

The director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, dr. Fran Mihaljevic, Alemka Markotic, commented on the number of Zagreb staff caring for patients. "They are working at the Clinic around the clock, I have to commend them all," she said. And she added that “The patients are mostly of mild to moderate severity, we have 10 people on respirators at the Clinic, one person is critical."


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