Lunching with Drug Lords in Lazarat

On the tip of my toes, wavering on the rim of the toilet seat I struggled to find my balance. One slip and I'd have a disaster on my hands, in more ways than one. I reached as high as I could and quickly … [Read more...]

5 Glorious Beaches in Albania: Ksamil Dhermi & More

The Albanian Riviera. Pebble beaches, secluded beaches, island beaches and a few pristine sandy beaches. Southern Albania has spectacular scenery and beaches rivalling nearby Greece and Croatia for half the … [Read more...]

Romania’s Outrageous Palace of the Parliament

Upon setting eyes on Bucharest's Palace of the Parliament I was slightly underwhelmed. Yes, it's a massive building but it didn't strike me as being particularly remarkable or memorable. It didn't have that … [Read more...]

Guide to Plitvice Lakes: Updated for 2016

As stunning as Plitvice Lakes is, I must admit it's not somewhere I want spend all day strolling around. We barrelled past slow paced tourists, only stopping at the most scenic points, and finished a 5 hour … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Tirana

Tirana is a bit of a mystery to me. Even after five visits I still don't know what to make of it. There's no Old Town, the restaurants are all much the same and there aren't really any 'sights' to speak of. So … [Read more...]

Scenes from Lake Ohrid

After an intense road trip through Slovenia, Romania, Moldova, Transnistria and Bulgaria it was a relief to finally come across a tranquil location where we could relax for a few days. Ohrid is the main town on … [Read more...]

Berat 10 Years On

Awoken by gunshots I wondered what I had gotten myself in for. I knew virtually nothing about Albania and the government travel advisory warned against visiting. My mind was on the civil unrest a few years … [Read more...]

Exploring Berat Castle

Once upon a time Berat was a city of churches. There were 20 or so churches in the castle area alone, although someone told me there was double that number at one point. That’s hard to believe considering how … [Read more...]

When is the Best Time to Visit Croatia?

Do you want long stretches of Croatian beaches to yourself? To be able to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in peace or maybe wander by the majestic waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes without being elbow to elbow … [Read more...]

Top 4 Destinations to Avoid in Croatia

Croatia is easily one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe and I've visited each year for the last 4 years. I absolutely love Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Rovinj and many other destinations in Croatia. … [Read more...]