Europe’s hottest destination

Australians love to follow each other around the world. Anyone lucky enough to experience the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Oktoberfest in Munich or Tomorrowland in Belgium will know exactly what I am talking about. Every year, an army of twenty-something Australians band together and cross the globe in search of the ultimate party. Last year was South East Asia and I have a sneaking suspicion that 2013 is the year of South America.

In 2012, however, the epicenter of Aussie travel was Croatia. This little gem lodged between the Mediterranean Sea and Bulkan Mountains was the quintessential hot spot for young Aussie tourists following the European summer. And for good reason. I spent an unforgettable week living on a boat with 25 Aussies, all in their early 20s with a hunger for adventure and an unquenchable thirst for cocktails.

Whether it be partying it up on a private island off the glamorous Hvar, drinking Mojitos on the deck of your yacht, dancing your feet raw at the cave-turned-club ‘deep’ in Makarska or exploring the ancient fortress-city of Dubrovnik, Croatia offers the ultimate diversity for young travellers. Dozens of boats, yachts and ships filled with true blue partygoers dock together each night, where the passengers drink, laugh and love their way into the Mediterranean sea for a late-night skinny dip. The drinks are cheap, food is passable and weather is breathtaking. I could’t complain. I fell in love (more than once), made countless new friends and got a universally formidable tan in the process.

Prepare yourself Brazil, you’ve got some damn big shoes to fill next year.

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As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

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