I have been to Dubrovnik twice and Split/Bol once. of the two times I've been to Dub, I do see the price of goods in Dubrovnik climb steadily and can support others by saying that Dubrovnik is the priciest city along the Adriatic coast.
I am planning to re-visit Dub this Summer for 5 days 4 nights, a solo trip, and has a strategy drawn out.
Living 200 euro: found a Studio for 50 euro per night just outside the Pile gate.
Transportation 50 euro: arriving by plane but will take the bus to and from the airport max 20 euro round trip. The rest will be spent on ferry ride to Lokrum and Cavtat
Food 250 euro: All breakfasts,Lunches and snacks will be made so Kozum is my first stop when I arrive. For sure I will be buying lots of aqua, bread, cheese, fruit, cured meats, paper plates and serviettes. I will however enjoy my dinners at some of the local restaurants and partake in their famous Adriatic seafood dishes.
Entertainment and excursion 100: Not looking to do much this time around as I have been to other places surrounding Dub in my previous trips. Just looking to take the cable car up and enjoy the view and most likely hang out at cafe Buza nightly and enjoy a beer or two.
.... and my flight cost is cover from all accumulated points.
My suggestion for those budgeted mind travelers are:
-plan for the worst case scenario (learn from the Iceland volcano where people were stranded and have no cash to spend)
-compromise (can't live/travel on a real budget if where ever you turn your mind is saying I want this and want that) and be disciplined with your budget (cliche I know but you don't know how much emotion play into things)
-try and live like a local and you will find how much you will save and still enjoy your time
Edited: 21 April 2010, 19:29