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Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

25 Apr

Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 is the summary of my three-month road trip to most of the countries of former Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia&Hercegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia during the summer of 2018 (May – July). The pace of traveling will be slow, in accordance with the flexibility I have to go and stay wherever I want with my car. Here you can find my last Balkans Trip – the Balkan Countries Planning from 2017 – Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo.

Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 – General Planning:

Travel Planning for the road trip through the former Yugoslavian countries started a couple of months before the estimated departure. I used a Lonely Planet Guide for the southeastern part of Europe and sometimes, the official tourism websites of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro & montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and Serbia. I had names of places where I wanted to go and a vague idea of the order of the places I wanted to see. As I was going with my own car, I didn’t bother too much with the plans. I am flexible to go, stop, and stay wherever I want during a time frame of three months. I only ordered an ACSI Camping card for discount and they also sent me two big guide-books with the locations of the camping grounds (fair enough).

Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 – Fixed Plans:

– I had a rooftop cargo carrier from my sponsor CutiiAuto.ro 

– two contacts in the first country I would visit – Slovenia, Ljubljiana (Sara who I had known from my previous trip through the Balkans – and Sasa from the Couchsurfing platform)

– I downloaded several apps for camping grounds and offline navigation (Maps.me, park4night, campercontact 

– a new, cheap smartphone to use it just in case something would happen with the other one

Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 – Intentions, but nothing fixed:

When I left for the Balkan Countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia&Hercegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia, all I knew was that I wanted to go to some places but I hadn’t fixed dates for them:

– cross Hungary in one-two days (slowly, no rush) and enter Slovenia, following the highway from Nagykanisza (Hungary) to Maribor (Slovenia)

– road-trip throughout Slovenia for two-three weeks – follow the arbitrary route: Maribor – Ptuj – Ljubljiana – Triglavski National Park – Trieste Golf (the Slovenian part: Koper, Portoroz, Piran)

– maybe climb Mount Triglav if it doesn’t have snow

– drive around Triglav Mount from Kranjska Gora to Soca Valley, over Vrsic Pass

– visit the karst caves of Postojna and Skocjan

…. Slovenia > Croatia

– cross from Slovenia to Croatia somewhere near the Golf of Trieste (there are two places where you can cross the border)

– stay in Croatia for almost one month – follow the arbitrary route from the North to the South of the country: explore the Istria Peninsula, go along the Adriatic Coast via Rijecka – Zagreb – Zadar – Split – Dubrovnik

– see as many Croatian islands as possible (at least Krk, Hvar, and Mljet – maybe also Korcula)

– go to Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO site)

…. Croatia > Bosnia&Hercegovina

– cross from Croatia to Bosnia&Hercegovina and go for a couple of days to Medugorge (spiritual place) – maybe stay in a monastery

– road-trip Bosnia&Hercegovina: follow the arbitrary route Trebinje – Mostar – Banja Luka – Sarajevo – Visegrad

…. Bosnia&Hercegovina > Monetnegro

– cross from Bosnia&Hercegovina to Montenegro near Durmitor National Park

– hike something in the Durmitor Mountains

– rafting in the Tara Canyon (it would be my first rafting experience)

– road-trip Montenegro: follow the arbitrary route Zabljak – Podgorica- Bay of Kotor – Kolasin

– spend one week around the Bay of Kotor and Budva

…. Montenegro > Serbia

– cross from Montenegro to Serbia near Novi Pazar

– road-trip Serbia: follow the arbitrary route Novi Pazar – Zlatibor – Guca – Nis – Belgrade – Novi Sad – Subotica

– from Serbia cross somehow directly to Romania to avoid paying another vignette in Hungary for a short distance (somewhere at Crna Bara crossing point)

Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 – Final Result:

The final result of my trip through a couple of Balkan Countries, where I stayed for three months, is a series of ……. travel diaries (which I am writing now). Enjoy your reading and let me know your opinion about the Balkan Countries. Which is your favorite country? Why?

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This is the summary of my three-month trip to the Balkan Countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia. Enjoy your reading and let me know your opinion about the Balkan Countries. Which is your favorite country? Why? Where would you go?

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One Response to “Balkan Countries Travel Planning 2018 – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia”

  1. Ketki April 30, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    This looks like great planning! I can only imagine how much reading you had to do to get these plans of paper. I hope you have a fantastic trip.

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