Lonely Planet: Hiking across Macedonia: finding remote contentment

At 3:30am, on the fifth day of an expedition along Macedonia’s mountainous western edge, we traded our trekking poles for reins and mounted horses in search of yet another peak. Headlamps spotlighted the steam from our breath mixed with the fidgety smoke of rolled cigarettes. We left Galičnik, a village tucked into the folds of […]

The New York Times: Hiking Beyond Borders in the Balkans

…Tomorrow we would follow that trail and slip virtually unnoticed into Albania. That would have been among the stupidest things you could do had it been the 1980s, when Albania was the North Korea of Europe. From World War II until his death in 1985, the Communist leader Enver Hoxha hammered Albania into an oppressive […]

Evening Standard: 10 reasons why you should visit Montenegro in 2016

It has pretty medieval towns and rolling hills, it’s affordable and boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. What’s not to love about Montenegro, one of the hottest travel destinations for 2016? Don’t be fooled by its traditional nickname ‘Black Mountain’, because this small but beautiful destination is anything but monochrome. Here, you’ll find […]

Evening Standard: 10 reasons why you should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016

Turquoise rivers, medieval castles and tumbling waterfalls. It sounds like something out of a fairytale, but the craggily beautiful lands of Bosnia and Herzegovina are real – and they’re one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Just two and half hours away by plane from London, well-seasoned travellers that have tired of neighbouring Croatia are now […]

Croatia via Hiking the Balkans

Evening Standard: 9 of the best places to visit in Croatia

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, it’s likely that you’ll have found yourself dreaming of a holiday to Croatia, one of the filming locations for the hit TV series. The fictional landscapes have become as popular as the blood-drenched gripping storylines, with King’s Landing – which is filmed near the coastal Croatian town […]

The Guardian: Bulgaria’s hidden treasures

I’m laden with juicy fat cherries, freshly plucked from the tree. The sun shines and we’re picnicking among spangles of wild flowers and long grasses. A track steers back to the wood-beamed house where we are staying, past mud-and-timber houses tilting back into the earth. It’s peaceful and bucolic, and far from the cheap-and-cheerful skiing or […]

Hiking in Kosovo

Globetrotter Elisa: Hajla 2403 moh – med en fot i Kosovo og en i Montenegro

Det er alltid stas med toppturer! På toppen er det alltid fin utsikt, det er et perfekt sted å spise matpakka si på og det gir deg en aldri så liten mestringsfølelse. Nå skal det ikke sies at alle disse faktorene slår inn hver gang, men på denne turen hadde jeg både været og kroppen […]

Topptur, bjørnehistorier og hjemmebesøk i Kosovo

På min tredje og siste dag blant Kosovos mektige fjell, skal vi opp på Guri I Kuq på 2522 moh. For at dagens tur ikke skal bli så lang som den 11 timer lange gåturen vi hadde dagen før, tar vi jeep en times tid opp en skikkelige krøtterveien til vi kommer helt opp på […]

Globetrotter Elisa: 7 tips til hva du kan gjøre i Ohrid

Skal du besøke Makedonia, er det nesten obligatorisk med et besøk i byen Ohrid. Den ligger ved den vakre innsjøen med samme navn: Ohridsjøen. Sjøen er nesten 300 meter dyp og omkring 3 millioner år gammel – noe som gjør den til Europas dypeste og eldste innsjø. På grunn av det unike økosystemet og at […]