4 Weeks in The Balkans

Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island I’m not in a position to travel on a permanent basis at the moment but I did get the chance to take a one month trip this summer which reinforced my thoughts on long term travel.

I booked a one way flight to Dubrovnik, a few nights in an apartment, and no made no other plans. Dubrovnik was a dream come true and the entire Croatian coast was breathtaking. After spending a week or so exploring the islands around Dubrovnik (and a super quick detour to Bosnia), it was time to head north to Split for more island hopping. Not having any plans meant time to linger where I wanted and move on when the time felt right. My original thoughts were to continue north to visit the Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb but a last minute decision found me heading south to Montenegro and then Albania.

This wasn’t my first time in Albania but it was the first time I’d stayed in an apartment in Tirana for any length of time. Ten days in the capital gave me the time to start living like a local (and the time for day trips to nearby cities including Prizren in Kosovo). Food shopping in the morning markets, cafe hopping in the afternoons, the evenings in Blloku. I could get used to that lifestyle.

Then my time was up and I had to head back to Paris. The 4 weeks flew by and I know that even in 4 months I wouldn’t have seen everything I wanted. So I think this will be my first vagabonding destination. I will base myself in Tirana and then spend as long as it takes to explore the entire Balkan region.