With a tumultuous history coming to a peak in the 1990's with a horrific war, the Balkan countries have been largely off the travel radar until recently. Though the scars of war are still very visible, this beautiful and diverse region is one of the greatest travel destinations in Europe.
There are few countries in the world that are so small, yet manage to pack in so much diversity and culture. From small villages seeming untouched by time to the sprawling metropolis of London, every traveller will pass through this nation at some point in time.
"We come from the land of the ice and snow; From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow." Although Robert Plant wasn't incorrect in his lyrics, he most definitely didn't paint the entire picture - but that would never fit into a two minute song. Never in our travels have we experienced a country where the landscape changed so dramatically in such short stretches. Iceland is truly one of the most beautiful - and expensive - countries on the earth.
Another country that packs a stronger punch than expected when considering it’s size. Italy is loaded with diverse culture and outstanding scenery; but lets not kid ourselves, Italy is probably known for one thing over all else: food. We dare you not to gain weight on your next visit!
Tulips, canals and ganja; the Netherlands are so much more than these things; like cheese, lots of delicious cheese. A country where bicycles are more common than vehicles, though it may be one of the flattest nations, it doesn’t stop the locals from being some of the most active - and laid back - in the world.