Good idea's to travel too but why not name Italy or Portugal instead of Croatia. I've been to portugal by plane via http://www.ryanair.com and rented a car via http://www.holidaycars.com/car-rental/portugal/ . I started in Porto and did a trip by rental car through spain all the way towards Italy. Really good holiday ;-) (and very cheap)
Ps. Abby you're lucky!
Christmas – what’s it all about? For most of us, tucking into the Christmas feast, hanging up stockings, leaving a mince pie for Santa and unwrapping presents under the tree is pretty much the festive norm.