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I Can’t Wait // A New Voyage

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in General | 0 comments

I Can’t Wait // A New Voyage

I Can’t Wait It’s been 7 months since I’ve been on the road, spending lot’s of quality time with family, indulging in the comforts of home, and temporarily living a routine lifestyle with a part time job. While I have sort have settled a bit, I’ve begun to feel those nomadic symptoms more and more. I realized that coming back home has showed me what it’s like to have seconds thoughts about leaving, all over again. The perfect reminder that it’s not as easy to leave everything for the open road, even...

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Living A Dream: The Greek Islands

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Europe, General, Greece | 0 comments

Living A Dream: The Greek Islands

When people ask me why I am in Greece, my immediate response is “Why not?” When I give my second more serious response, I always truthfully say that I have always wanted to go to Greece since I was younger. All for it’s beauty and it’s ancient history, mythology, and stories. But while Greece has always been my number one destination since, always, island hopping the Greek Islands has been my number one dream. I can’t remember when this dream started, but I know I wanted to do this since I was younger. While I...

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Hitchhiking Albanian Riviera

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Albania, Europe, General | 0 comments

Hitchhiking Albanian Riviera

With hitchhiking being a fairly new resource to me in the world of travel, I have quickly become very knowledgable in what to do and how to do it despite my intimidation for so long at the beginning of this Balkan journey. Albanians are some of the kindest most hospitable and friendly people I have met in the Balkans. I’ve gotten pretty lucky and fortunate to meet some incredible people either on the road, in hostels, or in towns and cities. For the most part, hitchhiking in Albania I felt should work… almost.. always? I’ve...

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My 5 Days in Kosovo

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Europe, General, Kosovo | 0 comments

My 5 Days in Kosovo

While you can find yourself in so many arguments of whether or not Kosovo is a nation or not, statistically, most of the world recognizes it as a nation while some don’t. Number one is Serbia. But I am not writing this to argue it’s status, I could be on this topic forever. And my time in Kosovo was not to bring up the topic and start debates. Just like the rest of the Balkan countries, I had a curiosity of this place. And as in continued my journey in southeast Europe, I little by little, heard more and more pleasant things about...

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Hitchhiking Macedonia

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Europe, General, Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) | 0 comments

Hitchhiking Macedonia

In the Balkans, I’ve had some incredible encounters with many incredible and friendly drivers. But the hours long journey across western Macedonia will forever remain one of my favorite journeys in my heart. I started off taking a bus to the end of Skopje with an OHRID sign right at the start of the highway. At almost the 2 hour mark, I found myself with a friendly Macedonian guy who also picked up two more Macedonian guys other than me. Although he was not headed south to Ohrid, he did bring me west to the off ramp outside of the city...

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My Short Time in Podgorica

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in General, Montenegro | 0 comments

My Short Time in Podgorica

Montenegro is known for it’s beautiful high mountains, gorgeous rocky coastline, and infamous Kotor Bay. Coming from Croatia, I spent a lot of time traveling down the coast stopping in different cities along the way. I’ve met a bunch of people who travel to Montenegro and it’s not uncommon for people to only travel the cities on the coast as well as Kotor Bay. But noone ever talks about the capital city, Podgorica, formerly known as Titograd from the 40’s to the 90’s. When I told my hostel owner in Ulcinj that I...

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Skopje: A City with Two Sides

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Europe, General, Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) | 0 comments

Skopje: A City with Two Sides

Skopje is certainly an interesting city. A city that actually became more interesting to me as I was there and since I hitchhiked my way out of it. From Prishtina, Kosovo, I arrived by bus passing by the city’s fortress overlooking the city center gazing at some of the massive statues that dominate the city. These statues along are half of the reason why this city has become interesting, at least for me. Locals will have a different attitude. Skopje 2014, is the title for the infamous makeover of much of the city center. In 2014, the...

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Beautiful Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in General, Montenegro | 0 comments

Beautiful Kotor Bay, Montenegro

“Open your eyes and see the beauty!”   Most people who come to Europe check out the commercial destination in the west, missing out of the insane beauty of the Balkans. My first visit to Europe brought me to Central Europe. Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Czechia. How’s that for traditional. My return did bring me to The Netherland, Belgium, and Luxembourg, a choice made for my ex-girlfriend and turning out to be an incredible choice for me. But the Balkans is where I spent most of my time and my god, I couldn’t...

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Ulcinj: A Semi-Hidden Beauty on the Sea

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in General, Montenegro | 0 comments

Ulcinj: A Semi-Hidden Beauty on the Sea

First thing you might ask yourself when you see the title is, semi-hidden? Ulcinj is certainly not unknown, but also not bombarded by mass tourism. How I discovered this place is exactly how I learned about 90% of the Balkans, curiosity. At my former work desk, there was one day where I scoped out the Montenegrin coast via Google maps and at the southernmost point I discovered the city of Ulcinj. Several years later, here I am travel savvy of the Balkans, enjoying the Montenegrin coast, and fulfilling my curiosity about this incredible city...

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Hitchhiking: A First Experience, in Romania

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Europe, General, Romania | 2 comments

Hitchhiking: A First Experience, in Romania

  April 2016 I have been traveling for many years with several trips to new places every year. Like most Americans, the thought of hitchhiking is always negative. It’s almost like telling someone I am staying in a hostel and getting the “you’re going to die” reaction. Hitchhiking is not exactly on the same page as far as that example goes but it does make sense. Hitchhiking actually was a common thing to do in American many years ago but unfortunately murders and the press gave the travel option a bad rep. As far...

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