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Don’t go camping without….

Thousands of families around the country will be packing up the boot of their car this summer and heading off on a camping trip with the kids. Camping is a great way to spend a family holiday. As well as being economical compared to staying in a hotel or guest house, there’s a certain sense […]

La Dolce Vita

One of the most magical times of year to visit Italy is in the month of September. The light at that time of year seems to make the hills and valleys of regions such as Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche look even more perfect than they usually do. Of course, September is also school time, […]

Driving a car in Europe

Many backpackers are usually on a tight budget, so the idea of having your own transport doesn’t really go hand in hand with the traditional backpacker image. However, it can be an inexpensive way to see more remote locations, and to get off the beaten track.  And it’s even better to share costs if there […]

Camping abroad

If you’re a culture vulture on a budget you might think twice before booking a mediocre hotel in a city centre. Why limit yourself to a couple of nights, which even in a mediocre hotel can cost an arm and a leg in cities such as Paris and Florence, when you could stay longer at […]

Albania

I want you to close your eyes and picture Albania. What do you see? Unless you said “A beautiful country with open minded, hospitable and friendly people that like Mercedes and throw their rubbish everywhere” you are dead wrong. Albania is spectacular on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin. It very much […]

Tirana

I made it. I am in Albania. I can’t believe it myself. The journey went surprisingly smooth. The American I mentioned negotiated a taxi to Shkoder. 40 Euro wasn’t to bad, 20 Euro each. By staying in Ulcinj I’d spend more than that and I had no particular interest in the place. My initial plan […]

Kotor

Finally, I am leaving Croatia for good. My next stop is Montenegro. Kotor sounded fabulous. Situated at the end of southern Europe’s deepest fjord and surrounded by mountains. The setting was spectacular indeed. The first thing that caught my attention though was a large cruise ship. They’ve got to be kidding me. I found a […]

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is everything I expected. It was probably here, on a day like this; a cruise ship anchoring in the port and a zombie army released to haunt the city, when Dante was first inspired to write the Divine Comedy. Strangely enough and without knowing I was sitting in a street named after him, when […]

Sarajevo

In order to go from Mostar to Sarajevo one takes a train. I like trains a lot. Unfortunately in most countries they are too expensive to enjoy it. Not here though. Considering the beauty of the country side I’ve seen so far I was seriously looking forward. Traveling in style. Oh, how I deserve that. […]

Mostar

Even though I liked the last couple of places I decided to hit the road. What better place to split with Croatia than Split. The biggest city on the coast is everything you expect; big, ugly and noisy. It is mainly a busy port. There is a small bit of old town, but I have […]

Trogir

Unless World War III broke out I was woken up by the biggest Thunderstorm in recorded history It was so loud I stayed awake for at least a minute until I passed out again. The stuffed Squids I had for dinner tasted alright but they certainly didn’t agree with me. I still had a rather […]

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