Trip feedback? Balkans

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1. Posted by Pabbathi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Looking for advice if this road trip is practical. Goal is to drive through with some stops along the way.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4245 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

With your own vehicle or a hired car?

3. Posted by zzlangerhans (Travel Guru 410 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I have done part of this itinerary and planned the other parts but was not able to go through with them yet.

1. The dates you have entered are wildly impractical. Your only experiences will be driving and sleeping. A trip like this would take a minimum of two weeks, not five days.
2. If you rent a car in Italy there will likely be restrictions against taking it into Albania, and potentially Bosnia and North Macedonia.
3. Be careful with Kosovo and Serbia. If you leave Serbia through Kosovo you will not be able to reenter Serbia via another border as they will have no record of you leaving.
4. Some places you should consider stopping that you appear to have bypassed are Ohrid in North Macedonia and Split in Croatia. Also Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 Jun 2022, 18:42 GMT by zzlangerhans ]

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4245 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

The reason I asked about your own vehicle or a hired car is because of what Zzlangerhans mentions above: car hire companies will certainly place restrictions on which countries you can take the car into and you may need to pay an additional premium just to take the car out of the Schengen area.

If it's your own vehicle, you need to make 100% certain that your car insurance will cover you for each country you plan to visit. I suspect you'll have to pay an additional premium. Driving in any country without the correct car insurance is always illegal and simply asking for trouble.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2552 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

My rule of thumb for road trips is an average of 100 miles a day. Much more than that and I'm too tired from the road to enjoy the destinations.

Inside the Schengen zone is simple. Beyond that the border crossings become slower. Travelling without a car it's slow and bureaucratic, I gather travelling with a car it gets much worse. As zzlangerhans says car hire companies often limit where you can go. And check whether your insurance covers you in all these countries.

6. Posted by Dmrocky11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

tkanks for share