im thinking of travelling around there in september...
am on a budget, and am about to start looking into where i should go, but thought i might ask you all where are places i really should go, hostels that are worth staying at etc...
ill have a budget of about 1500euros (minimum), which is just a guess. how much can i assume ill spend eaech day? how long can i go for? i have all the time in the world really lol
any tips at all would be great!
PS im also reading the other posts in here...
I would highly recommend the coastline and islands down Croatia and Montenegro. I also really enjoyed Mostar and Sarajevon (take the train from one to the other, the scenery is amazing) in Bosnia, though it's a completely different experience to the coast; lots of recent history showing in the shelled and bullet ridden buildings. Plus they make the best burek of all the Balkan countries imho.
I haven't been to Belgrade but I hear it's great if you like to party. You can have a lot of fun too in Zagreb and Ljubljana, but I found them just to be small versions of much bigger and more exciting European capitals. Still beautiful, but without all the landmarks offered by other cities i thought, so if you don't have a lot of time i would consider skipping them in favour of some other cities.
Smooth already made some useful suggestions. In the thread 'Travel to the Baltics' (read Baltics as Balkans there, it's a mistake), also in the Europe forum, you can find some extra tips about this area. You can travel and live on a budget of 1500 euro quite a long time in SEE. Apart from Slovenia and the coastline of Croatia tourist life on the Balkans is still pretty cheap. I read you're not on a tight time-budget either, so consider also the option of visiting Balkan countries outside former Yugoslavia. From my own experience I can highly recommend both Romania and Bulgaria; if you're a bit of an adventurous type of traveller, even Albania. You can consult the local travel helpers of TP to get some first-hand advice about these destinations. Good luck.
I travelled there for 2 weeks for less than 150 euros So, I think your budget is fine. You can eat a meal for 3 euro, beer costs around 40-70 cents in the shop, and 1-2 euros in a bar. Really good if you can meet some locals there, it is the best part. The most expensive is the croatian-slovenian coast. But even there you should be able to find a place in a camping for 3-5 euros, but a hostel in Dubrovnik will cost you at least 15 euro/night. Public transportation is cheap and do not expect to pay more than 5 euro on shorter distances (up to 100 km) and around 10-15 for longer. I have noticed that you can save quite a lot by travelling short distances, because night buses usually have some 10-15 euro mark-up, but you can also view it like you would have paid for accommodation anyways. To be completely honest, there was only one night bus for 15 euro in my 150 euro budget plus some city transportation (rather cheap everywhere except Zagreb and Split). I am not a Slovenia/Croatian coast type of traveller. We spent quite a lot of time on the Montenegrin coast, though, and after that I was rather disappointed with Croatia. It is too touristy and we were there in the middle of season. September might be better.
I could write a lot still, but if you have any specific questions, you can also contact me directly. Btw, I am moving to Skopje in October and will stay there for 9 months. So if you are still around at that time - welcome pay a visit to Macedonia
wow thanks for the info! ill def take alot of this on board...
how is split tho? i may be able to get a job at a hostel there, so im wondering how it is?i was surprised at the costs of staying on the croatian coast, everyone says how cheap it is, but its anything but really... to stay in a hostel is still around 20euros a nite (tho im sure i could find cheaper if i really look).
bosnia actually sounds really fascinating, i think i could take some brilliant photos there... atm i have a PC full of western european architechture, which, while still beautiful, is starting to look the same to me...
Objectively - Split is a nice town, especially the Roman center. Subjectively - I got so pissed off there with Croat tourism industry! It was so crowded with tourists that it was impossible to walk normally with a backpack. Sth like 2 tourists/square meter... not for me, hvala.
I found split wasn't too busy when I went in September. There were lots of tourists, but it wasn't cramped like some places get in mid summer. However I was not there over a weekend so might have missed the really big crowds.
The old roman part of town is really nice, and there's a good enough bus service that you can get to a lot of surrounding places pretty easily.
i find i have the same "tourist"problem in amsterdam. gorgeous city, but so tourist orientated in the centre that its hard NOT to get ripped off hopefully if im in split for a while, that wont be the case... and i think the tourists seem to die down somewhat in septemer, july and august are the busiest periods, right??
it should be dying out in september...slowly... what I heard from one of our montenegrin drivers, budva gets really nice in October. Budva was also packed in July, but more with russian bikini girls; Split on the other hand was full of >50 "guys&girls" in safari shorts from cruise ships. maybe i just had a bad luck because a few of these huge monsters were parked outside