The wine world landscape is pretty well laid out at this point: There’s the Old World and the New World, and while new wineries are popping up daily, the countries from which quality wines come are well established. Sure, there are esoteric winemaking countries like Slovenia and Croatia thrown in there, thanks to a new […]

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 […]

Elisa Globetrotter: Pristina by night

Mitt første møte med Kosovo skulle bli byen Pristina. Kanskje den eneste byen du kan navnet på i dette landet? Pristina er nemlig hovedstaden. Jeg må innrømme at jeg knapt visste det før jeg dro ned. Nå var det ikke byene i Kosovo som skulle få hovedfokuset på turen min til Europas yngste land, men […]

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 […]


A huge reason why we loved Macedonia so much was the country’s out-of-this-world cuisine. It is a delightful blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influence, all rolled up in an excellent growing climate for fruit, vegetables, and wine and local expertise with dairy products. The result? Absolutely delicious and mostly healthy meals served up at a […]

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 […]