Albania: Some Final Forts…

I guess one of the defining themes of my Balkans trip has been Old Towns so it felt right to visit a couple more in the south of Albania before I left this region. The towns of Berat and Gjirokaster both have UNESCO World Heritage status and are renowned for being two of the most … Continue reading Albania: Some Final Forts…

Albania: Trendy Tirana

After my spell in the remote Albanian countryside, it was time to head back to city life as I ventured south to Albania’s capital, Tirana. From Shkodër, transport is regular with buses heading there roughly once an hour. Given Albania’s aversion to proper bus stations, from Shkodër you catch the bus just off the big … Continue reading Albania: Trendy Tirana

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

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: Here Be Dragons

Labuan Bajo is a town completely geared to one thing - Komodo. Sitting in between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa, Komodo National Park is famed for its scenic islands, beautiful marine life and, of course, the iconic komodo dragons that make their home here. The only realistic way to explore this national park is … Continue reading Flores: Here Be Dragons

Flores: Country Life

Not keen to leave the hills just yet (or suffer an 8+ hour bus ride to Labuan Bajo) I decided to stop off in Ruteng after leaving Bajawa. My guesthouse was able to arrange a bus though it involved being picked up at 6.30am to then sit on a stationery bus for an hour and … Continue reading Flores: Country Life

Indonesia: In With the Nusa…

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to learn that a flight from Brisbane to Bali took 6 hours, due to how vast Australia is, but I genuinely did think it would just be a quick hop up to Indonesia. Luckily the flight was fine. It was early so I kipped in Brisbane airport beforehand - … Continue reading Indonesia: In With the Nusa…