Sunday, 26 November 2017

Dubrovnik 6 years on: and tips to avoid the crowds

Back in 2011, when I first visited Dubrovnik, in Croatia, it was much less touristy than it is today. Despite this, the number of visitors to this UNESCO site was still fairly high.

As I stood at the main entrance calculating the ticket price to climb the walls, I quickly determined that the contents of my blue spined guide book, should be read with caution. Prices were double, which confirmed my view regarding the speed at which information can become out of date and possibly behind the times. As a budget traveller, in those days, this wasn't ideal.

Six years on and today, at 20 Euros, a climb along those same city walls is still the highlight of a visit to Dubrovnik, so you wouldn't want to miss it. Plan a visit with caution as it's not the cheapest destination in Europe, by far.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Plan a visit to Albania before it changes

Not many people have been to Albania it seems. In fact I was surprised at how few seem to know where it is.

Bordering with Greece, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia, Albania is often overlooked. Being so close to the likes of Croatia and Italy, it would be difficult not to assume some similarities to those destinations, as they were maybe some 20 or 30 years ago.

Of course Albania is not undiscovered, but the infrastructure and tourism is still in its infancy, making it a great destination to experience ahead of the crowds.

When Albania successfully joins the EU, having yet to be accepted following it's application in 2009, there's a strong chance of it following in the footsteps the likes of Croatia; at least in respect of tourism.

So, of course I'm suggesting you visit as soon as possible. My 'Impressions of Albania' post gives a flavour of what to expect, but here's a little more info to help you plan a visit there.