Croatia through the eyes of a digital nomad: Yachting part 1

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06/19/2021 – Where can you find the best office for digital nomads? Cyndie Burkhardt tells everything.

Lots of digital nomads enjoy Split’s climate and work with a sea view, which is one of the best perks of being here. If beautiful blue water, fresh air, and sunshine are your thing, then you can keep your inner nature lover working at sea with the right yacht and skipper.

I grew up on the beach and love being in, by and around the water. When friends invited me to their week-long sailing vacation, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. It was my goal to experience this popular Croatian pastime and the preseason was an ideal time of year – not too hot and not too many tourists. We wanted to sail around the islands and our sights were on Vis, Brač, Hvar and others. Was it warm enough to pack a swimsuit? Check.

Morning view from my cabin, somewhere in the Adriatic.

The ideal remote work

I was a little worried that I would be left behind with work because I wanted to relax on the trip without being tied to any device. I found there was reliable WiFi on board and I could log in anytime and check my business. Fortunately, that turned out to be true and I never had problems getting online when tracking a project or checking in for a Zoom meeting. After testing connectivity, I relaxed. I could work and play this week.

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A tribute to the Beatles and the Yellow Submarine; Public art on Å olta.

Our yacht was a Lagoon 40 and with the four of us plus the skipper and his wife the space was comfortable enough, although I will never get used to cooking in such a compact kitchen. Good thing I have experience with a shoebox-sized NYC apartment, it was practically the same, although the yacht had a lot more freedom of movement than my space at home.

Born on the water

Our skipper, Danijel Razi, was ready to reach the mentioned islands but hesitated a few times when we asked for the itinerary. Vis today? Maybe later, he replied. I noticed that he kept looking up at that little pointer thing on the main sail (a wind vane). He watched the weather and the wind and every nautical detail with his eyes and instinct, but he wasn’t really watching the fancy gear. His main concern was travel feasibility and safety. I was curious, what did this guy know and how did he know?

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A typical bay and a small village could be any Croatian island; Where there is water, there are boats.

It turned out that Danijel was born in Viganj, a very windy village on PeljeÅ¡ac that is a popular sailing destination. Viganj is part of Orebić County, a former maritime center historically known for traditional sailing and navigation, where all men go out to sea. These guys lived on the water for centuries before electronic systems were invented for the Navy – they worked on commercial boats, traded goods, and traveled the world. Coming from a long line of sailors including his grandfather and previous generations, Danijel has inherited their skills and lifestyle. Sailing is in his blood and he clearly loves it.

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A beach and the Franciscan monastery and the Church of St. Mary of Grace, Hvar.

Funny fact

Viganj is the second most famous windsurfing fort in Croatia after Bol.

Sailing to the island destinations we hoped for including some swimming bays was amazing and there was only one day when the bura wind changed our plans. Skipper Danijel followed nature’s instructions and everything worked out. I did my first swim of the season which was a bit chilly but so refreshing.

“We are here and we know”

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A quiet street in Vis.

If I do this again, and I hope I do, I have learned that a little research can help you achieve the journey you expect and avoid unexpected costs and disappointments.

Some charter companies with investors in other locations only book, but a boat is not a hotel room. There are many details about the yachts, the routes and the destinations. Where are the buoys? How well are they cared for? Is there a winch to lift the dinghy? Which restaurants are open this season? Where are the new, hot places? What are the actual docking fees? Who are the best skippers and hosts? Without a local presence, these companies are missing things that people would like to know.

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The sound of full sails in the wind and the feeling of gliding across the water make you want to sit quietly and experience it fully.

Danijel and his crew are based in Croatia and spend time at sea every season to get in touch with skippers and others so that they are part of the scene and are aware of the situation here. Sailing in Croatia is big business and it is very international and competitive so service is key.

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Danijel confirms our mooring buoy.

When to go

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Danijel prepares to moor to a buoy.

For me, every day on the water is a great day. For digital nomads who are in Croatia all year round, I recommend that you travel before and after the main season – April to June and September to November. Prices are lower, the destinations are less crowded, you can see the islands better, and the service is more attentive due to fewer people. If you can only go in summer just do it!

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That is why you give in to the Croatian wind, which literally makes trees grow parallel to the earth.

Regattas in Croatia are underestimated for the adventurous who want something different. It’s possible to join one to sit on a boat as a counterweight when a team needs extra weight. How cool is that Danijel works with some of the teams and I’m already on his list to be notified if my bum is needed haha. You can also contact him via This email address is being protected from spam bots! You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find out more about yacht charters and catamarans on Danijel’s websites http://www.danielis-yachting.com/ and katamaran-kroatien.com.

Would you like to sail Greece? Find out more about Danijels Charter Here.

Find out more on TCN’s Digital Nomads Channel.

History and photos © 2021, Cyndie Burkhardt. https://photo-diaries.com

Further news and features about the digital nomad scene in Croatia can be found in the special TCN section.



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