Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

After 10 days chilling in Montenegro, it was time to move on to my next adventure in the Balkans and I hopped on a bus to Albania. There are a few buses per day heading from Ulcinj to Shkoder (listed as Skadar in Montenegro) across the border and even beyond to the capital, Tirana. The … Continue reading Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

Montenegro: The Bay of Kotor

It was time to move on to my next country in the Balkans, Montenegro, just south of Croatia. Arranging transport from Dubrovnik was easy enough since it’s very close to the border. Fairly regular buses run daily to Herceg Novi, Kotor, Budva and Ulcinj. I booked my bus on GetByBus and printed my ticket just … Continue reading Montenegro: The Bay of Kotor

Croatia: Winter is Coming

Croatia’s southernmost major city is probably the one I most associate with Croatian beauty - it’s certainly the city I think of when I think of Croatia. It’s perhaps ironic then that I enjoyed Dubrovnik less than Zadar and Split. However, it’s still absolutely worth a visit. A slightly less enjoyable Croatian city is still … Continue reading Croatia: Winter is Coming

Bishkek to Shymkent… the Long Way Round

I was a bit apprehensive about my return to Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan. Since I wanted to explore the south-west region of Kazakhstan, close to the Uzbek border, I opted not to go back to Kazakhstan through Almaty, instead heading west from Bishkek through Talas to Taraz and then onto Shymkent, Kazakhstan's third city. My issue … Continue reading Bishkek to Shymkent… the Long Way Round

Kazakhstan: Almaty to Bishkek

Border crossings generally stress me out since I had my passport stolen at one in 2015. I was definitely a bit apprehensive about the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan one since it was one of the most obscure I'd done, but it turned out to be relatively straightforward. Certainly, I'd take it over the Thailand/Cambodia border any day. Marshrutkas … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Almaty to Bishkek

Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang: The Christmas Commute

After a 17 week slog at work, it was nice to be finally heading away for Christmas and New Year. However, as I was planning to spend Christmas in the popular Laotian city of Luang Prabang, I still had quite a journey to go. Obviously it would have been easier (and more expensive) to book … Continue reading Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang: The Christmas Commute

Hong Kong to Shenzhen: So Near Yet So Far…

In many ways, Hong Kong is perfectly located to go on weekend jaunts to other places. In other ways, it's actually one of the most isolated places in Asia. The only border it shares is with gigantic China above, with all other international trips requiring a flight. Of course, having the fourth biggest country in … Continue reading Hong Kong to Shenzhen: So Near Yet So Far…

Macedonia: Skopjing It Out

Because Kosovo is so small, the bus ride from Pristina to Macedonia's capital, Skopje, takes only about 2.5 hours. There are regular buses (just about every hour) from Pristina to Skopje and you can buy a ticket from Pristina bus station on the day of travel for €5.50. Ths bus wasn't even half full on the … Continue reading Macedonia: Skopjing It Out

Kosovo: The Pristina Streets

After a few days in Belgrade, it was time to venture further off the beaten track and visit the newest country on the planet (though Scotland might soon nab that record). Kosovo declared independence in 2008 though it's only recognised by just over half the UN and neighbouring Serbia still deems it to be its … Continue reading Kosovo: The Pristina Streets

The Budapest to Belgrade Train

Getting a train ticket from Budapest to Belgrade is so easy that it makes me wonder why more people don't make the leap from Hungary to the Balkans. The ticket can be bought online or head to the international ticket office at Budapest Keleti station. You have to get a ticket and wait for your … Continue reading The Budapest to Belgrade Train