Adventure awaits: The amazing Balkan road trip!
How it all started
It was 2016 and I was getting over a bad breakup. Summer was knocking at my door, but I found it difficult to make any traveling plans. Then along came Ana, one of my best friends, with this amazing, crazy idea of going on a Balkan road trip with her and her boyfriend, Tim.
It would last several weeks, we’d be traveling in an old Cielo, it would be just me and a couple every day, sometimes even sharing the same room. But what else was I going to do?
Planning the Balkan road trip
Did I mention Tim was German? This came with some advantages, one of them being that he was very well organized. He handled all the planning of the road trip, and it was one of the few times I could just relax and enjoy myself.
He used Ana’s Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe guide and we ended up with a very interesting list of places to see. Our road passed through Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, bringing us back to the starting point: Romania.
Unfortunately, I only had three weeks of annual leave. This got me only as far as Croatia, where I took a flight back, with a stop in Belgrade, Serbia.
On the road
Ana was our driver and despite a bumpy start, she did an amazing job.
(I slept peacefully for many hours in the back seat and not once did I get carsick!)
The trip itself was amazing, beautifully combining adventures in the crowded cities with hikes to admire nature’s beauty. And the people we’ve met along the way have brought us many smiles. They also left us with lots of great memories.
This is why I’ve decided this was going to be the best thing to start the blog with!
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