Hiking the path up to the fortress in Kotor is one of the most popular things to do in all of Montenegro. If you’re all about getting a great view (which I definitely am) then this is an absolute must for your Balkans bucketlist. Unfortunately, as the hike has become more popular there has been an ‘entrance fee’ imposed on the main path up to the fortress. What some people do not realise is that there is another way to get up there for free, which is super easy if you know where to go.
When it comes to Bosnia & Herzegovina the city on most people’s bucket list isn’t the capital of Sarajevo (one of my favourite cities), but it’s quaint little southerly sister, Mostar. When you see Mostar it’s easy to see why. The cobbled streets, and quirky restaurants give it a much cosier small-town vibe, which is juxtaposed by the magnificently imposing Stari Most bridge. If you’re thinking of visiting Mostar, this is my guide to the things you should do, as well as some excellent restaurants and a recommendation for accommodation that is like a home-away-from-home!
Of course, when you get back from a trip where you’ve been to 6 countries and 10 cities in a month, people inevitably want to know which place was your favourite. Sometimes it’s hard to choose, e.g. I always struggle when people ask this about Australia because there are so many places I loved for different reasons. However, when it came to answering this about my Balkans trip it was easy and obvious. My favourite country was Bosnia & Herzegovina. This answer surprised a lot of people, who obviously expected the more obvious Croatia or Montenegro to be my choice. What can I say? I loved Bosnia and Herzegovina and these are just a few of the reasons why.
You may not have heard of the South Caucasus region before but you have probably heard of the countries it encompasses… Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. I have to admit that I know next to nothing about this area of the world and I love finding places off the beaten track so I was really keen to find out more about what there is to do there! I have seen a lot more travellers visiting these countries recently and they look so beautiful but they also have so many historical gems to discover. I enlisted the help of Andy Brodwich to share with us 9 amazing places of historical significance that will have you wanted to book your ticket to the South Caucasus region right now!
Some of you who have been here since the start will know that I lived in Melbourne for 6 months whilst travelling in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. For some of that time I was unemployed and I wanted to find ways to occupy my days but spending as little money as possible. Naturally I became a bit of an expert on all of the free things to do in Melbourne. For a city that people class as “expensive” to visit there are also a lot of great things to do that cost no money at all, here are just a few of them…