Planning a backpacking trip in your head vs actually backpacking are two different things! Regardless, we were able to see all of the places we were most excited to visit.
Here is a map with what we had “planned” and what really happened.
Green dots = what we planned
Black lines and red lines (so the parts where we crossed over didn’t get mixed up) = what really happened.
Here was the route in writing (this trip was from March 2011 to May 2011):
- Flight from USA to Paris, France
- Flight from Paris to Bratislava, Slovakia
- Train through Vienna to Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Train from Slovenia to Opatija, Croatia
- Bus from Opatija to Split, Croatia
- Ferry from Split to Hvar Island, Croatia
- Ferry back to Split, and bus to Mostar, Bosnia i Herzegovina
- Bus to Sarajevo, BiH
- Bus from Sarajevo to Podgorica, Montenegro
- Car ride to Kotor, Montenegro
- Bus to Budva, Montenegro
- Bus to Kosovo (we were there only one day and didn’t do much, so there is no blog post on Kosovo, sadly.)
- Bus from Kosovo to Skopje, Macedonia
- Bus from Skopje to Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
- Taxi rides from Macedonia to Albania
- Adventurous furgon/taxi rides to Serranda, Albania
- Ferry from Albania to Corfu, Greece
- Ferry and trains from Greece to Abruzzo, Italy
- Train to Rome
- Train to Venice
- Train to Budapest, Hungary
- Train to Lake Balaton, Hungary
- Train back to Budapest and train on to Brasov, Romania
- Train from Romania to Budapest…. and that’s where our two month backpacking adventure ended!
- After living in Budapest for the summer, we moved to Tallinn, Estonia. That’s where we are now!