As the winter months approach, our minds start to wander to warm, colorful locales (even more than usual).
Recently, the stunning coast and fairy-tale waterfalls of Croatia have fueled our wanderlust.
The small country, positioned on the Adriatic, has garnered more attention from American tourists in recent years.
However, it's still a relatively unknown destination, so unlike other travel hot spots—such as the Amalfi Coast or Greek Isles—it's not overrun with or geared toward tourists.
It's just all too easy to picture ourselves relaxing, cocktail in hand, near that perfect water—and with over 1,000 miles of coastline, there's certainly no shortage of it.
And, of course, the jewelry industry happens to be amazing, too.
Filigree jewelry—a delicate metalwork reminiscent of lace—dominates the business. There are no trade schools, so apprenticeships are the only way to learn the craft.
Each village incorporates its own style into the designs, so it's worth popping into shops in different parts of the country.
Now we just have to make it through the day without booking a flight...