The Balkan road trip text written in pink over image of village in the Balkans

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 joining 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 organised. 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, 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.

dirt road trip through fields red with poppies

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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Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Balkans dirt road with poppies

18 thoughts on “Adventure awaits: the amazing Balkan Road Trip!

  1. Eva says:

    Road trips are always super exciting due to their unpredictability. No matter how well you plan there is always something that may and will go wrong. Well, not necessarily wrong but just not planned. 😉 And this is exactly why they are so exciting and enjoyable.

  2. Neha says:

    Aren’t roadtrips just the best? I like the way you’ve described it, makes one want to go and read all about it 🙂

  3. Candy says:

    Such wonderful friends to invite you on an amazing road trip. I’m excited to see some photos of this awesome road trip you experienced. And a good thing your friend is a great driver 🙂

  4. Lance says:

    This sounds like it was an amazing journey. It is so great to have good friends who know just what you need to get past a rough spot. And how fantastic to have a organised person to do all the planning.

    • Mirela (The Travel Bunny) says:

      Ana is amazing, to this day she still comes up with great ideas for travel destinations. And, if we don’t go together, I always get a postcard where she shares some things or ideas that I might have enjoyed had I been there with her 🙂

  5. Renata says:

    I totally need to find a best friend who’s willing to drive me across the Balkans, too – I want to follow your steps on this road trip but first I need a driver ?

  6. Cynthia says:

    Road trips are such a different style of travel – but absolutely perfect for a post-breakup change of pace! I did one myself after a breakup and it was one of the best ways to shake off the hurt and get a new perspective on the world!

  7. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    The Balkan road trip sounds really epic. It must have been a wonderful experience going by your itinerary. Road trips are something we love too as they provide a totally immersive experience of the places that you are passing through. You get close to a place and understand the local culture better.

  8. YUKTI Agrawal says:

    I love Balkans area as it has influence of East and west. You have done a commendable job by covering 6 countries in 3 weeks that too by road. Kudos to your traveling spirit.

    • Mirela (The Travel Bunny) says:

      Thank you, Yukti! It was actually not that long a drive, we made sure we’d only cover small distances each time we moved from one place to another. But i was amazing to get a small taste out of what each place had to offer best 🙂

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