Albania Furgon Ride

The Albania Furgon Experience


My first furgon ride in Albania was a trip! A furgon is a minibus, similar to a Turkish dolmuş, the latter of which means “stuffed”. Furgon should mean “packed to the gills” because that’s exactly how they roll.     I was taking the furgon from Berat to Gjirokastra, about a three hour ride. Furgons don’t always leave until the…

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Njeguši Montenegro

Njeguši village, Montenegro – Smoked Ham & the Axe Man


High up in the mountains above Kotor, Montenegro, lies the village of Njeguši (neh-joo-see). The village is famous for it’s smoked ham called “Njeguški pršut”(like proscuitto) and local cheese called “Njeguški sir”. They’ve even laid out a “Ham Trail” if that’s your thing!   The village is a stop for every tourist on mostly any tour around the country. I was…

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My Balkans Adventure

And I’m off on My Balkans Adventure!


Well, it’s finally that time again! In a few short days I’m off on my next long-term adventure with a one-way ticket in my pocket. This time, I’m headed to a region I’ve been dreaming about visiting for years ~ the Balkans. For the next few months, I’ll be rockin out in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Macedonia…

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guilty for traveling

Have You Ever Experienced Travel Guilt?


Have you ever felt guilty for traveling? How about that feeling of anxiety when asking your boss for time off so you can take a vacation, secretly hoping that your requested time off will be “approved”? Or worrying about your job being in jeopardy if you’re gone too long? What your fellow co-workers will think? Where does this travel guilt…

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solo female travel packing tips

15 Things Every Indie Chick Should Pack in Her Arsenal


Ah, packing… one of my least favorite things to do when it comes to traveling! With my next trip a few short weeks away, there is no better time than now to write a post about this seemingly daunting task. Even though I’ve been an SFT on and off for 10+ years, for me, packing still brings on a slight…

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solo female travel safety tips

12 Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers


As a solo female traveler, staying safe on the road is my number one priority. I know that for some the thought of traveling on your own can seem a little scary and intimidating. But in the end this anxiety or fear is due to the unknown. Know what quells that kind of fear? Preparation and information. It’s important to…

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Molyvos

4 Greek Islands You Can Visit from Turkey


Along Turkey’s south and west coasts there are a few Greek islands in close proximity, allowing you to visit two countries in one trip. Everyone knows Santorini and Mykonos but have you heard of Kos, Lesvos, Chios or Samos? These four can be visited as a day trip from Turkey and vice versa – Turkey can be visited from these Greek…

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Turkish Flag

Six Tips for Solo Female Travel in Turkey


I remember planning my first ever solo trip to Turkey and my friends’ reactions when I told them I was going there on my own for a few months: “Oh my God! Why Turkey?” “Isn’t it dangerous?” “Don’t they put drugs in your bag there?” “You’re going to a Muslim country alone? Are you crazy?” I couldn’t believe how much…

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Domus

How to ride the dolmuş (from start to finish)


A dolmuş (pronounced dole-mush), or minibus, is the best form of public transportation for getting around from town to town in Turkey. The word dolmuş means “stuffed” and gives you an idea of how crowded they can sometimes get. From early morning until the evening, they plow the same set route back and forth, making them the ideal transportation option…

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Daytrips from Selcuk

4 Day trips from Selçuk by dolmuş


When it comes to planning my travel itinerary, having a variety of experiences is on top of my list. I can only take so many days at the beach before I need to do something cultural. Just as I can only be in the city so long before I need some slow paced village time. And vice versa. That’s why…

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Kamil Koc Bus

Selçuk Public Transportation Options


Now that you’ve gotten some good ideas on how to spend a few days here in Selçuk, it’s time for me to give you the options for getting out. INTERCITY BUS (FOR ONWARD TRAVEL) Since Selçuk is a major tourist hub and a popular stop on the backpacker trail, it’s easy to get to major places such as Istanbul, Pamukkale, Bodrum,…

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Ephesus and Beyond

7 reasons why you should stay longer in Selçuk


Selçuk (pronounced ‘sell-chook’) is a small farming town located in southwestern Turkey, whose claim to fame are the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, located 3km from the town. That’s all most people know about it and is the main reason that the town is a popular stop on the traveler’s trail. Most travelers stop here for an overnight,…

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