Thursday, 16 September 2021
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.


An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale struck this afternoon at exactly 2.26pm with the epicentre on the border between Montenegro and Albania. The relatively strong earthquake was felt in the wider Dubrovnik region.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported that the quake was at a depth of 20 kilometres and the epicentre was 26 kilometres southeast of the Montenegro capital, Podgorica.


Once again this year, the association “Biseri Hrvatske” (Pearls of Croatia) will organise its traditional September running treat. Whether you are already a seasoned runner or recreational runner, and especially if you are looking for new challenges, this Sunday will be a race like no other. The popular Ston Wall Marathon 2021 will take place this Sunday, the 19th of September, in Ston.

Participants will run along the longest defensive wall in Europe, enjoy the untouched nature of the Pelješac peninsula and get to socialize with the local hosts. Even though the day’s events will not include the toughest race, the marathon, runners will have two equally challenging races, the 4 kilometre “Rocky” race and even harder 15 kilometre “Stone” race.


Both races begin with a magnificent view of the Ston walls and the steps the route takes. Runners will ascend from Mali Ston to jagged stone towers and fortresses, descend towards the compact roofs of Ston with a unique view of the mirrored surface of the oldest European salt works, fertile green fields and the turquoise blue of the sea. The 4 kilometre race ends in picturesque Ston, and the 15 kilometre one continues with a thin embankment between the salt works and the sea, passes through the wild realms of Mediterranean forests and ends with a return to Ston.

A truly unique experience, and a unique run in one of the most picture-postcard perfect locations in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. And if you just want to go along to Ston and enjoy the race without actually strapping on your running shoes it will also be a great day out.

Come to Ston on the third Sunday in September and run Rocky or Stone, or just soak up the atmosphere and cheer the runners on, and the slogan of the race says, SET YOUR RECORD IN STONe!


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 74 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 28 males and 46 females: 33 from Dubrovnik, 11 from Župa dubrovačka, eight from Konavle, six from Ston, four from Ploče, three from Dubrovacko primorje, two from Orebić and Vela Luka and one from Blato, Korčula , Kula Norinske, Metkovica and Lastovo.

20 people made a full reecovery: five from Dubrovnik and Župa dubrovačka, four from Konavle, two from Blato and one from Opuzen, Ploče, Lumbarda and Mljet.

In the last 24 hours, 650 samples were processed, and a total of 131,759 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

22 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

904 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the measure was recorded.


Following 18 months of lockdowns and travel restrictions, it’s not entirely surprising that interest in travel-centred jobs have increased by 140%*. And with recent reports showing that the level of new candidates seeking jobs in travel has risen to its highest in three years, the consumer spending experts at decided to find out which travel-permitting jobs are most in demand.

To do this, put together a seed list of popular and sought after jobs that involve travel or allow travel, they then utilised SEMrush and input each profession and ‘jobs’ to find out which job had the highest global average search volumes.

The top 10 most in demand travel jobs



Global average monthly search volume


Truck driver






Travel nurse






Travel agent



Air hostess






English teacher



Au Pair



Travel blogger


The personal loans experts at can reveal the most in-demand travel-permitting job  is truck driver, with 34,800 average global monthly searches. The average hourly rate for truck driving in the UK is around £13 and €19 in Europe.

Placing closely in second with 34,500 searches is the job of a pilot. A career as a pilot is attractive for many reasons, from having an office above the clouds, earning an appealing salary, to visiting parts of the world you would have never explored before. An average starting pilot salary can start from £24,000, with captains of large airlines earning roughly £150,000 a year.

Taking the third spot is travel nurse with 23,500 average global monthly searches. Travel nurses are registered nurses who work in short-term roles at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities around the world. According to, under normal circumstances, many travel nurses have the potential to earn over $3,000 per week.

In fourth place is translator with an average of 21,800 monthly searches querying about the job. Translation is a multi-billion-dollar industry and will likely open up a number of travel opportunities. It’s worth noting that many translation jobs are entry level and provide a great way to build your experience in the industry.

Placing fifth is the job of a travel agent, the phrase ‘travel agent jobs’ receives on average 16,400 searches worldwide per month. Some travel agents can go on discounted trips to luxury resorts sponsored by hotel companies to familiarise themselves with the experiences they’re selling - a great perk of the job. On average travel agents can start on a yearly salary of £19,000 and go up to £29,000 in the UK and around €37,000 in Europe.

Rounding off the top 20 most in demand travel jobs



Global average monthly search volume


Tour guide



Yacht stewardess



Travel writer



Travel planner



Travel photographer






Travel marketing



Ski instructor



Scuba diving instructor



Cruise staff


Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at, commented on the report’s findings:

“After over a year of restricted travel, it is no surprise we are all itching to get on a plane and see new parts of the world, but for some of us, travelling may seem way too tempting to give up once the holiday is over.

“Our research sought to find the most in-demand jobs that allow you to travel the world, revealing that truck driving jobs saw the most average global searches at 34,800. Long-haul trucking is an ideal job for those who prefer the open road. For this profession, you would need to attain a commercial driving license but once achieved, you’ll be able to see different parts of the world from one destination to the next.

“For roles such as a pilot or travel photographer, you may need some extra money to help you get the qualifications or equipment you need to succeed. Taking out a personal loan may be one way to finance your new career. It’s important to remember that you pay the money back, with interest, over a set time period, and missed or late payments can affect your credit score.”

Jaemi Lennon, director of The Fewer Things, an award-winning company that provides TEFL programmes in Asia, comments on the boom in popularity of travel-permitting jobs:

“There has always been a buzz around teaching English abroad, especially for young people. It allows you to travel, explore new cultures and earn a decent living all at the same time. The days of the traditional ‘Gap Year’ are over and teaching abroad allows graduates to feel as though they are not slowing down their professional and career development while away from home.

“The beauty of teaching abroad is that you don’t need to be a qualified teacher and you can gain a teaching qualification and training as you go – all you need to have is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline to get started.

“Teaching abroad can even become a long-term career if you want it to, particularly in countries such as China and South Korea where you earn far greater salaries and benefits than your typical teaching job in the UK. Asia seems to be the place to be now if you’re wanting to teach abroad and that is because there is so much on offer. From the relaxed and slow-paced life of a tropical island in Thailand to living the big city life in China.

“The pandemic has of course put some obstacles and boundaries in the way of travelling abroad, over the last 12 months, but the surge in applications from young people looking to get away from their normal life at home and experience something new has never been greater for us at The Fewer Things. All programmes and positions were filled months in advance in the first half of 2021 and a lot of programmes are starting to fill up for 2022. It seems all applicants we speak to have the same goal; and that is to escape the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle at home.”


Here is your chance to win two tickets to the grand finale of this year’s International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik! The spectacular final concert of this year’s event will take place on the 21st of September at 9:00pm in front of the Rector’s Palace in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

It is sure to be an unforgettable evening with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra performing alongside Iskandar Widjaja, from Germany on violin and all under the watchful eye of the conductor Noorman Widjaja from Indonesia.

And all you have to do to enter the draw to have a chance of winning two free tickets to this Dubrovnik event is follow this link to our Facebook page and follow the simple steps.

Good Luck!

According to the received registrations and deregistrations of tourists through the eVisitor system, last weekend there were close to 14 thousand tourists in Dubrovnik, which is almost four times more than at this time last year, and 68 percent of the number in mid-September 2019.

Along with the British, the most numerous guests were from the USA, Germany, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Croatia and Poland.

Since the beginning of the year, 392 thousand tourist arrivals and close to 1,462,000 overnight stays have been recorded, which is 42 percent of the tourist turnover realized in the same period of the record 2019.


The popular vloggers “Cris Pelo Mundo” spent two weeks filming the beauties of Croatia. In 17 days, the Brazilain vloggers and Youtubers visited 14 different destinations and got acquainted with the rich cultural, gastronomic and natural resources of Croatia. So what did these Brazilians think about Croatia? We caught up with them to find out exactly how Croatia, and indeed Dubrovnik, matched their expectations. “We felt as we were in a magical place, the city is beautiful and it feels like I've teleported to an ancient time. Dubrovnik was the best-preserved city of all that we have visited,” stated Stiblen.

The entire filming project in Croatia was designed by Marilia de Oliveira, a Brazilian with a Karlovac address and the owner of the travel agency Marzito Travel. In addition to launching the entire project on this trip, Marilia was in charge of all logistics, translation, and escorting.

During your journey through Croatia what would you pick out as the real highlights?

We were really impressed by the richness of history along with the natural exuberance. We loved seeing more of the amazing Tesla in Karlovac, seeing the crystal clear waters of Hvar and the dinosaur footprints together with the roman ruins at Brijuni.


What surprised you about Croatia? Was there something you learned that you didn't already know?

The ancient history of Croatia. I didn`t know that there were so many ruins and centuries of history in this amazing country.

Why would you recommend Croatia as a destination for families with young children?

It is a paradise beach place with fun around every corner, as well as being a great place to instigate knowledge through its ruins, temples, and arenas. Even dinosaurs are present in this incredible discovery. Croatia has the right activities for any family vacation.


How difficult was it to travel with the current Covid-19 restrictions?

We were particularly surprised, we often felt in a parallel place. We were used to using masks at all times and in Croatia, we could feel a little more freedom in open spaces again.

What food/wine that you tried did you really enjoy?

We loved the Teranino from Aura distillery and the succulent Zagrebački Odrezak, as well a lot of special traditional dishes as the peka for example. The wines from Istria and the Neretva Valley will be also very well defined in our travel memories.

Talking about Dubrovnik, what were your impressions on the city?

We felt as we were in a magical place, the city is beautiful and it feels like I've teleported to an ancient time. Dubrovnik was the best-preserved city of all that we have visited. To everywhere you look you will see a good spot for an amazing photoshoot. I am not surprised that Dubrovnik was chosen as scenery for many productions.


How popular, or indeed familiar, is Croatia and Dubrovnik on the Brazil market?

If you could also give me a brief intro that would be great, as well as a few photos. Croatia has gained strength among the desires of Brazilian travelers over the past few years, some for the GOT series, others for the paradisiacal beaches that are gaining more and more prominence. We were caught by the beautiful beaches ourselves, but we fell in love with the country in a visit that we took in 2019, in midwinter. When we saw the frozen waterfalls of the Plitvice lakes, we were sure that we would come back in the summertime to discover all that Croatia could offer.



In the phase of self-census on the e-Citizens portal, more than 177,000 citizens had already successfully registered by 3:00pm on Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday.

Most citizens were registered in the City of Zagreb, 58,214, in the Split-Dalmatia County 17,039 and in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County 14,985.

The lowest number was registered in Lika-Senj County, 1,118, and in Požega-Slavonia 1,892 and Virovitica-Podravina County - 1,930 people.

During the first phase of the implementation of the census of population, which will last until September 26, citizens can independently enter themselves and all members of their household on the e-Citizens portal.

The rule of self-inventory is one credential - one household. This way of self-census enables safe and advanced digital communication with citizens, at a time when it suits them best, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.


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