For quite some time the Republic of Albania was not really on anyone’s radar, as war came to the neighboring regions on the Balkan peninsula. Today that has all passed and Albania is welcoming tourists to explore its beautiful country. Bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Greece, Albania is directly across the Adriatic from the heel of Italy’s boot. Add in a bit of coastline on the Ionian Sea and you have beautiful beaches on equally beautiful blue waters. The Mediterranean climate is temperate but in the northern Albanian Alps it can get quite cold with heavy snowfall. As Albania has opened its arms to tourism it is showing that there’s much to do here especially for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts. Towns with castles and fortresses and Roman and Greek ruins can be found in charming small towns around the country. But no doubt Albania’s greatest contribution to the world was Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, the Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa. If you’re looking to explore a new place that’s inexpensive and off the beaten path, Albania just might be your answer.


Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.