Even though you are on holiday and should be relaxing old habits die hard and you’ve just got to have your daily fix of news. So how do you keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening back home whilst you are in Dubrovnik on holiday. Here are some tips to keeping yourself informed whilst on your hols:
Of all of the forms of media getting your daily newspaper is still the hardest. Basically you have one of two different options. Firstly many of the larger newsagents and kiosk through the Old City and in more tourist populated areas have a selection of daily newspapers. However there are a couple of downsides. Firstly the newspapers, which are commonly printed in Spain for some reason, are three days old. We have yet to find a newsagent in Dubrovnik where the newspapers are “fresher” than three days old.
Secondly the newspapers that they do sell are considerably more expensive than back home. This means that your copy of The Sun would be three days old and cost around £3.00. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the top hotels in Dubrovnik then there is a chance that the hotel will print newspapers for you to read inside the reception or bars. Whilst these are not exactly the same as UK newspapers they are pretty close so you can catch up with the news from back home over a cup of coffee.
Unless you are thinking of bringing a TV in your luggage then the nine o’clock news will probably be off you radar. However almost all of the hotels and accommodation offered in Dubrovnik has a satellite or cable TV available. These tend to show only BBC World News, CNN and possibly Sky News. If there is a major sporting event on then many of the restaurants and café bars through the city will show this on a big screen.
If you are thinking of buying a place here, or if you already live here, then apart from satellite TV you can try one of the many cable TV operators. Cable TV is plugged through your telephone line so no need for additional cables. Along with the various other television channels you will also find Sky News (international), BBC World, CNN, Al Jazeera in English, CNBC, etc.
If you want to catch up on your favourite radio station whilst on holiday then the only way is going to be through the internet, although this may be costly, unless you have Wi-Fi. Throughout the summer months there is news in English on Croatian national radio. There is even a daily news service in English about Dubrovnik “The Voice of Dubrovnik” broadcast twice a day through the summer months on Soundset Ragusa.
Our advice would be to download podcasts and listen to them through your iPhone, computer, MP3 player, etc. If you are staying somewhere with free wireless internet connection then download a few for latter listening.
Yes, this is by far the easiest way of keeping in touch with the comings and goings back home. Although our advice would be to find somewhere with free Wi-Fi, and there are lots of cafés, restaurants, hotels, etc that offer this, and not to roam.
Roaming through your internet provider, or should I say mobile phone operator back home, will leave you with a hefty bill when you come home so be careful. Almost all hospitality objects in Dubrovnik offer free Wi-Fi, most of them need a password so just ask your waiter, and if the cafe bar doesn’t offer free internet move to another one.