Albania: Hiking Valbona – Theth

Completely unbeknownst to me when I decided Albania would be one of the stops on my Balkans trip, this gem of a country is home to a series of incredible national parks with breathtaking scenery. Who knew? Naturally, as soon as I did find out, I did some digging and made a beeline straight for … Continue reading Albania: Hiking Valbona – Theth

Montenegro: The Sunny(ish) South

Although I could have easily stayed in Kotor for a lifetime, after 4 days there I decided to move on, heading south down the coast of Montenegro. The bus station in Kotor is great. It has a big timetable posted with the times of buses to all destinations, both domestic and international. It’s worth snapping … Continue reading Montenegro: The Sunny(ish) South

Montenegro: Hiking Around Kotor

The Bay of Kotor is surrounded on all sides by mountainous terrain making it a perfect place to hike and get breathtaking views over the bay. I’d recommend downloading maps.me to get a look at all the trails on offer - it’s a great app which maps out all the trails really clearly and can … Continue reading Montenegro: Hiking Around 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

Bosnia: Sara-yay-vo

I decided to take a detour into neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina (hereby referred to just as Bosnia because... laziness) after being in Croatia for a week. Unlike tourist heavy Croatia, Bosnia is still trying to shake off its chequered history. Indeed, for many people this is a country with a history of war. This is … Continue reading Bosnia: Sara-yay-vo

Croatia: Doing the Split

Split is like Zadar’s slightly more full-on cousin, sitting further south along the Dalmatian coast. Despite it being more crowded and touristic, it’s got plenty going for it and the Old Town is a delightful treasure chest. Getting between Zadar and Split is easy enough with many buses plying the route daily. I booked in … Continue reading Croatia: Doing the Split

Plitvice: Monday Blues

I hate the term “must-do” but if it was going to apply to anything in Croatia, it would be Plitvice National Park. This is one of the many poster boys of this dazzling country with its impossibly blue lakes and stunning waterfalls. It’s an easy day trip (or longer) from either Zadar or Zagreb. I … Continue reading Plitvice: Monday Blues

England: The Way I Lake It

During my month-long visit back home to the UK, I tried to keep myself busy by having a few “tourist” trips to places I really wanted to visit in my own country. Top of that list was the Lake District. Despite living not too far from this natural wonder for most of my life, I … Continue reading England: The Way I Lake It

Flores: A Craterscape

It was easy enough to jump on an overly-crowded bus towards Moni and beyond from the road just outside Ricky’s place, costing 30,000 IDR for the 90 minute or so journey up into the hills. It was at this point I realised everything everyone had told me about Flores’ roads was true. Just this relatively … Continue reading Flores: A Craterscape

Australia: Wild Sydney

Sydney is more than just one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is also, like I think most Australian cities, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and nature, a lot of which is easily accessible even if you don't drive. One of the most accessible outdoor walks you can do runs from the famous … Continue reading Australia: Wild Sydney