The Balkan Peninsula by thumb 2013: a rough itinerary
It hadn’t been easy to decide where to travel next. We had many different alternatives and two main trips in mind:
- either go to Asia (Russia -> Mongolia -> China -> India -> Nepal -> Tibet -> Tajikistan -> Kyrgyzstan -> Uzbekistan -> Turkmenistan -> Kazakhstan)
- or to South America (Argentina -> Chile -> Peru -> Bolivia -> Paraguay -> Uruguay).
Both of these routes would require a considerable amount of money and at least 6 months to complete, which means we would have to give up our teaching jobs in Barcelona.
We’ve been also considering finding a hotel job in Norway in order to get some quick and easy money to financially support the trip. We’ve managed to find a job which would start in September (haven’t decided if we’re going to accept the offer yet as we really love our Barcelona lives), which means we have the summer to travel somewhere close and then either come back to Barcelona or go to Norway.
Whatever will happen in September, we have decided that in three weeks time we will start our Balkan Peninsula by Thumb trip and go back to where we met in Macedonia nearly six years ago. If you’re interested in how we met, you can read about it from our two different points of view: from Jon’s perspective here and from Ania’s perspective here.
We will start our 2 month hitch-hiking trip in Rome and finish probably either in Hungary or in Vienna, with Ohrid in Macedonia being our highlight.
This is our very rough itinerary:
It’s only a draft as we really haven’t thought about it yet but if you have been to any of the places on our route and consider it worth visiting or if you can think of any dos and don’ts, please give us you opinion in the comment box below. We would appreciate any first-hand comments and recommendations :)
written by: Ania
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