Bulgaria, Europe

Visiting The Rila Monastery, One Place You Can’t Miss In Bulgaria

Of all the things I wanted to see on my trip to Bulgaria, I really had my heart set on just one: the Rila Monastery. I’d seen photos of it everywhere, this magnificent monastery complex nestled in the mountains. And it definitely didn’t disappoint. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Eastern Orthodox… Read More Visiting The Rila Monastery, One Place You Can’t Miss In Bulgaria

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Europe, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Transportation, Travel Tips

Planes, Trains (Coach Buses, Minibuses, Ferries), and Automobiles: Transportation in the Western Balkans

On my most recent trip to the Balkans, I spent a lot of time getting from one place to the next. There were surprises, random detours, many “I wish I had known!” moments—and all of it required a lot of patience. While undoubtedly some of this advice will apply to the other southeastern European countries… Read More Planes, Trains (Coach Buses, Minibuses, Ferries), and Automobiles: Transportation in the Western Balkans

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Europe, General Tips, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Travel Tips

15 Signs You’ve Traveled in the Balkans

The Balkans is a region located in southeastern Europe that generally comprises the countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece. It is one of the most underrated yet stunning areas not just in Europe, but possibly the whole world! I recently traveled to the western half… Read More 15 Signs You’ve Traveled in the Balkans

Europe, Slovenia

Charming Ljubljana: A First-Timer’s Guide to the Slovenian Capital

Ljubljana (pronounced lee-yoob-lee-yana) is a mouthful to say, but is still absolutely worth visiting. I arrived to the Slovenian capital knowing next to nothing about the city, only to find that is an incredibly charming and underrated European capital. While you can see most of the main sites in a day, I’m definitely glad I… Read More Charming Ljubljana: A First-Timer’s Guide to the Slovenian Capital

Croatia, Europe

One Day in Zagreb

On my most recent trip to Croatia, I finally made it to the capital city: Zagreb. I only had one day to explore, but I did my best to make the most of my limited time! Zagreb is full of Austro-Hungarian architecture, al fresco cafes, and lots of squares and parks. If you have only… Read More One Day in Zagreb

Croatia, Europe

Dubrovnik: 10 Tips for Visiting the (Increasingly Popular) Jewel of the Adriatic

“If you want to see paradise on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.” –George Bernard Shaw Nearly two years ago, I visited Croatia for the first time. I fell in love instantaneously with Dubrovnik, the coast, the scenery, the sea, everything. I knew that tourism would only increase in the upcoming years: this jewel of the Adriatic… Read More Dubrovnik: 10 Tips for Visiting the (Increasingly Popular) Jewel of the Adriatic

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Europe

Mostar: Divided Yet Delightful

The city of Mostar, in the southern Herzegovina region of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH), suffered vast damage during the Bosnian War from 1992-1995. Today, this city is characterized by its picturesque Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the famous Stari Most bridge, and for remaining intensely divided between the Bosnian-Muslim-east side, and the Bosnian-Croat-Catholic-west… Read More Mostar: Divided Yet Delightful