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On the Wine Trail in Central Macedonia: Popova Kula, Demir Kapija & Stobi

Road tripping around the Balkans has become one of my all-time favorite things to do in life so after surviving the streets of Kosovo, Albania, and Montenegro, I decided it […]

Discovering the Best of the Dubrovnik Riviera with Sheraton 

On paper and in postcards, Dubrovnik appears to be a European destination travel dreams are made of. An incredibly picturesque old town dripping with history and cradled by impressive stone […]

48 Hours in Croatia’s Capital of Cool with Westin Zagreb

Exploring the main sights and local experiences in Zagreb , Croatia’s capital of cool, for 48 hours with the Westin Zagreb

How to Spend a Day in Budva, Montenegro

As far as Adriatic seaside resorts go, you can’t get more glam than Budva. People from near and far (but especially my people from Russia and Ukraine) are attracted to […]

6 Things You Shouldn’t Miss (But Might) in Kotor, Montenegro

Back when I first visited Kotor, Montenegro in 2013, it was way more of a sweet little secret reserved mainly for those looking for interesting new alternatives to the well-trodden […]

Undiscovered Ulcinj & Other Secrets from the South of Montenegro

Somewhere amidst the glamour of Budva and the magnificence of Kotor, Montenegro’s southernmost seaside town of Ulcinj seems to get a little overlooked on the international tourism map. From my […]

Pretty in Prishtina: A Beauty Guide for Kosovo’s Capital

Beauty and fashion are topics I don’t cover much at all on this blog because they don’t have much to do with travel but, in the case of Kosovo, I have found them to be an […]

Via Dinarica: Rafting the Neretva and Tito’s Secret Bunker in Konjic, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Konjic is a small town in Bosnia & Herzegovina that I had probably passed by without looking twice at least a dozen times in my life driving between Sarajevo and […]

Some Good News, Some Bad News, and the Journey to Valbona, Northern Albania

A journey to Valbona in Northern Albania was something that was high on my list to do since I first learned about Quku i Valbonës and the magnanimous Catherine and her […]

Things to Do in Gjakova, Western Kosovo (aka Gjakovar Gems)

Gjakova is a town in Western Kosovo that is often overlooked by travelers – or at least quickly passed through en route to Northern Albania/Lake Koman and as a halfway […]

Scenes From a Day Trip to Mitrovica – Kosovo’s Divided City

It’s funny to think back sometimes on your preconceptions of a place before you ever visited and compare what you expected it would be to what you actually found when […]

A Magical Ferry Ride on Lake Koman, Northern Albania

As a new resident of Kosovo, I was delighted to learn that Liqenin e Komani, or Lake Koman, was just across the border from me now and an easy road trip […]

Summer Vibes from Finland’s Archipelago: Nagu, Kökar & Mariehamn

Nokia, Santa Claus, Angry Birds, goth metal bands, and saunas are just a few things that probably come to mind when you think of Finland…but summer? Last grand tour I […]

A Beginner’s Guide to the Dalmatian Coast

With over a thousand islands and 1,800 kilometers of coastline along the entire country, exploring Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast which comprises about half of it can seem a tad overwhelming upon […]

Destination Albania – A Visual Vacation Through One of Europe’s Most Intriguing Countries

By far and by large, the most read post on this blog is “15 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Albania” – in fact you’re probably reading this right […]

The Blonde Gypsy…MOVED TO THE BALKANS!

There has been a sort of standstill around these parts as well as in The Blonde Gypsy social media world over the past six months if you’ve been following any […]

How to Spend a Day in Sibiu, Romania

It’s been nearly four years since I first found myself lost in Transylvania and like many first time visitors to the region, I have to admit I was half expecting […]

Trainsetting Europe: One Night in Innsbruck

In making my way from Scandinavia to the Balkans on my Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour (yes, I’m still thinking about that mother of trip – it was a large one […]

Surprising Shkodra: A Spontaneous Day Trip to Albania’s Cultural Capital

The intention was to spend a few days hiding out on the beach in Ulcinj, Montenegro and not talk to anyone. Roam around town anonymously at my own pace and […]

Georgia (The Country) On My Mind – And Your Next Great Adventure

The thing about extreme road trips that not many people care to bring up is how incredibly exhausting they can be. How sitting in a car for hours and hours […]