Expand your cargo carrying capacity with the Thule Motion XT XXL roof box. It has an aerodynamic design with a quick-mount system that ensures fast and secure fitting.
It is easy to mount with the extra-wide PowerClick quick-mount system coming with integrated torque indicator clicks when it’s properly mounted. It has a dual side opening allows easy access to your gear from either side of the vehicle.
Fast and easy cleaning in a corded handheld car vacuum with lasting and high power, no worry about the issue of continuation, you can use this car mini vacuum whenever and wherever you want for your car, a great helper for vacation. It comes with a super bright LED light and 12v DC power car adapter, great for car interiors, user-friendly and ensure your cleaning work both in brightness and darkness.
ZUS, Nonda’s Smart Tire Safety Monitor in-car gadget helps you track the tire pressure from your mobile phone. Real-time alerts sent to your phone let you know when your tires need attention and some leaks are detected using its innovative AccuTemp Algorithm. It comes with a built-in USB port for charging other devices and anti-theft locking system.
This highly anticipated, new version of the Trunk Crate Pro (TC-Pro) is an Eco-Friendly professional grade Heavy Duty Material trunk organizer with straps. It is hand crafted using premium highest grade Oxford Polyester material. All-In One Black Auto Trunk Organizer allowing for as many as 4 compartments which includes 2 removable sub-dividers for customization.
Provides 300 Watts continuous DC to AC power and 700 Watts instantaneous power, featuring 2 AC outlets and 2 USB ports. This ultra compact and lightweight design offers fast charging: two 110V AC outlets for charging larger devices such as laptops and tablets, 2 USB charging ports (0-2.4A) for powering USB compatible devices, a good choice as requisite car accessories.
This small gadget is powered by Automatic CCA mobile app and low profile OBD LTE Adapter. It provides automatic real time GPS car tracking, check engine light diagnostics, 24/7 roadside assistance, 24/7 emergency services if a severe crash is detected, trip tracking for expenses and even smart home integrations including Alexa. The connected car assistant also can give you more information about your car conditions.
PowerDrive 2 condenses twin-port high-speed charging into an incredibly compact PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to provide the fastest possible charge up to 4.8 amps or 2.4 amps per port for any phones or tablets on the road. This is one of the industry’s smallest USB car chargers, featuring an LED light for after dark.
Unlike many large and bulky holders, WizGear phone holder won’t disrupt the view as it mounts on the car vents and not on your windshield. You can drive comfortably and focus on the world while also enjoying the beautiful scenery.
This Car Back Seat Organizer is great to keep your car organizered, keep your seat clean and will protect your seat from getting scratched. It will cover your full back of the seat. Car Backrests Protect with 8 Separate compartments provide quick access: for iPad mini, 2 phones, 2 bottles, tissue box, umbrella and other.
Swiss Safe is a trusted leader in providing high quality medical-grade first aid supplies. Intelligently organized with 200 first aid items and outdoor survival supplies, including an emergency thermal mylar blanket, magnesium firestarter with built-in navigational compass and emergency whistle, a compact hand saw, an 11-piece fishing kit with swivels and sinkers, and a mini signaling mirror.
The hospitality and all-round welcoming nature of locals in the Balkans is such a genuine warmth so you may find it hard to leave.
You will find something gorgeous and fascinating, whether you’re looking for nature, history, or culture. If you’ve never visited the Balkans or looking for more destinations to discover, these are the places you must visit here. There are still many small towns undiscovered by tourism!
Top Places to Visits in the Balkans
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The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the many remnants of the long Ottoman control of the Balkans region. The visitors can watch daring locals that jump off Stari Most Bridge, marvel at the beautiful old Turkish houses and enjoy refreshing dips in the nearby Kravice waterfalls. The city suffered damage during the Bosnian war of the 1990s, with the financial help of many countries the city has rebuilt the bridge and its surrounding areas. The entire city is now one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s major cultural attractions.
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Nessebar, also known as the Pearl of the Black Sea is another good example of how nature and culture can come together to create truly wondrous sites. Nessebar is one of the oldest cities in Europe and it has been inhabited for over 3000 years by various cultures and empires – Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgarians, Crusaders, and Ottomans, and their remnants are sprinkled across the city in the form of buildings from different eras and architectural styles, especially a large collection of Eastern Orthodox churches, some of them dating back as far as the 5th century.
The ancient city of Nessebar, located in Bulgaria, is a unique example of a synthesis of the centuries-old human activities in the sphere of culture. The historic town of Nessebar dates back to antiquity when it was founded as a Thracian settlement known as Menebria.
Its position on the coast, on a thin peninsula into the sea, also contributes to its status.
The beautiful town is such an important site it’s recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There are many stylish and unique accommodation options in the area you can choose from.
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Dubrovnik is renowned for its affordable accommodation and lack of crowds. Enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and crystal blue waters along with vibrant city life and Baroque palaces. You might even take a day trip to one of the sparsely populated islands nearby or take a short drive from the city to enjoy scenic mountain hikes.
It’s famous for its Old Town, the stunning landscapes and beaches, but also recently for being a part in one of the filming sets of Game of Thrones.
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Transylvania is a region in central Romania. It’s known for medieval towns, mountainous borders and castles like Bran Castle, a Gothic fortress associated with the legend of Dracula.
Transylvania is often thought as a land filled with bloodsucking vampires and howling wolves. But in reality, it’s a real destination bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains. Transfagarasan Highway is Romania’s most spectacular and best-known road and one of the most impressive drives in the world. Gain huge popularity after its appearance on BBC Top Gear in 2009, now one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. It climbs through the highest peaks of the Transylvania Alps, connecting Transylvania and Walachia, and is home to an abundance of wildlife and miles of scenic hiking trails. This region has also around 150 fortified churches and castles.
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Nestled in an alpine valley along the Ljubljana River, the town of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, is famous for its fairy-tale good looks, often ranked as Eastern Europe’s most beautiful city and Slovenia is the World’s Most Sustainable Country. Its accommodation rates are really affordable as well as offering cheap entertainment and delicious low-priced dining options. The city has to offer many art galleries, charming cobblestone streets and interesting museums as well as hip bars and charming cafes that offer lots of fun after dark.
It’s known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art. Another example of a city with numerous visible influences. Many of the buildings throughout the city are the work of noted Slovene architect Jože Plečnik.
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Perast is an old town on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Despite having only one main street, this tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzi. As a former sailor center it still shines with marvelous buildings, pretty churches and a romantic waterfront.
Perast is a small town with the spirit of Venice overlooking the beautiful Boka Bay and the main attractions of Perast: 2 pearly beautiful offshore church islands. Perast, as an absolute highlight of the Bay of Kotor, is also one of the most beautiful Baroque towns in Montenegro. Visiting Perast and the islands will pull you into the world of seafarers, love, human impermanence and longevity of memory.
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Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is a lake in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. Lake Bled and its island, Bled Castle and Bled Cream Cake – make your wishes come true by enjoying a perfect experience in the heart of the Alps. Lake Bled is hands down one of Europe’s most romantic destinations and if you ask me, the most beautiful lake in Europe.
You can rent a rowboat to get out to the island in the middle, where it’s quite likely that you’ll see a wedding. Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort, drawing everyone from honeymooners lured by the over-the-top romantic setting to backpackers, who come for the hiking, biking.
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Stunningly beautiful lake Ohrid is most important as a nature reserve. As one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe, it is home to over 200 endemic species that make up entire food chains and that have remained remarkably undisturbed by the incursion of non-native species. People have inhabited the shores of the lake on all sides since the Bronze Age, and it is now part of both Macedonia and Albania. The combination of the surrounding mountains and the bright color of the lake will truly make you feel connected with nature.
A small city in the southwest of the country, Ohrid is most renowned for the Church of St John at Kaneo. The church sits on a cliff edge overlooking Lake Ohrid.
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Looking for Albania’s prettiest Ottoman-era town? Gjirokaster is it! Known as the ‘City of Stone’, Gjirokastra in Southern Albania is One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, listed because of the Ottoman style houses that you can find throughout the city. Defined by its castle, roads paved with chunky limestone and shale, imposing slate-roofed houses and views out to the Drina Valley, this gorgeous, carefully preserved, peculiar-looking city is built on steep slopes where stone-roofed houses seem to be built on top of one another, the area has been inhabited or over 2500 years, most of the buildings are from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Alongside Albania’s most beautiful traditional houses and the city’s famous limestone and shale paved roads, the city houses the Castle of Gjirokastra, one of the oldest in the Balkans! The “city of stone” offers a number of authentically rich culinary delights and memorable panoramas of the surrounding mountainous.
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Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, with amazing views and perfect, crystal-clear water. It’s known for its famous view of Shipwreck Beach and also for the crazy nightlife of Laganas, a city on Zakynthos. White beaches, sea turtles and partying around the clock make Zakynthos a favorite holiday destination. The Venetians called this southernmost Ionian island Fiore di Levante, the Flower of the East.
Zakynthos became popular after it went viral on Instagram some years ago showing the dramatic cliffs and the shipwreck on the beach down below.
This Orthodox Christian monastery in Kosovo houses the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans and is worth a visit. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dečani possesses a unique church constructed in a mixture of Romanic, Gothic and Byzantine styles, with more than 1000 preserved original frescoes. They make up the largest surviving collection of Serbian medieval art, and they depict scenes from the Bible, members of noble families, and a plethora of Orthodox saints, among other things.
Built in the early 14th century by Serbian king Stefan Dečanski, this monastery is in a beautiful spot beneath the mountains and surrounded by pine and chestnut trees.
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Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
The Park is located at wide mountain region in the northwestern part of Montenegro, surrounded by rivers Piva and Tara. The landscape of Durmitor National Park looks alternately like New Zealand, Scotland, Iceland, and the Alps. Limestone crags cut by melting glaciers millions of years ago left an otherworldly landscape in this tiny corner of this tiny country.
While much of Montenegro is covered in mountains, Durmitor is the center of mountain tourism in the country. People are coming here for hiking, skiing, or simply to enjoy the views. Numerous lakes dot the landscape, and in the autumn the whole park lights up with the changing colors of the leaves. One part of the park to check out is Tara River Canyon, which is the second biggest in the world after the Grand Canyon. You’ll certainly not run out of scenic outlooks when you’re driving around Durmitor.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes.
Plitvice Lakes National Park has become incredibly popular in the summer months, you can arrive early at opening if you wish to enjoy the park all to yourself.
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Elafonisi beach has been voted several times as one of the most majestic beaches not only in Europe but also in the world. The area features exotic beauty: dunes, cedar trees, white lilies, black rocks, rare species of animals and birds that live there, blue waters and bright white sand. Elafonisi is a magical place that consists of a small islet full of white and pink sandy beaches.
One of the reasons that Elafonisi beach has been included in the protected areas of Natura, is that here lay the turtles Caretta-Caretta.
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Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria
This picturesque Eastern Orthodox monastery in the forested mountains less than two hours south of Sofia is definitely worth a pilgrimage visit. This historic black and white monastery is one of Bulgaria’s architectural jewels. Architectural styles have been preserved on the property as historical monuments of considerable time span (11th-19th c.).
Slovenia was declared the winner of a World Legacy Award, awarded by National Geographic to companies, organizations or destinations encouraging sustainable tourism.
Half a century ago there were 25 million international tourists. Last year, they were more than one billion tourists exploring the world’s cultural and natural wonders. Keeping that in mind it is important responsible travel to safeguard our planet for future generations. As the United Nations heralds 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, one country rises above the rest: Slovenia.
Slovenia Became Leading Country In Sustainability
The country has made several notable and commendable efforts to promote eco-friendly practices, which deserve praise, including implementing a Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism in 2015.
Blessed with beauteous scenery of nature, no wonder why this country is a famous place for tourists to visit, especially those who love hiking activities. But what this country offer is not only wonderful nature, there’s something else that this country can offer to those tourists: sustainability.
It praised its forests, biotic diversity, well-protected natural and cultural heritage, the Slovenia Green certification scheme and highlighted that it became in 2016 the world’s first country to be declared a green destination.
Slovenia was thus awarded the prestigious title of the world’s first green country and WTM London Global Sport Tourism Impact award. Various rankings placed it among the most attractive and safe countries in the word, and numerous renowned media houses across the globe described it as an interesting tourist destination.
Ljubljana, Bled, Komen, Podcetrtek and Rogaska Slatina have all achieved the highest attainable level
Ljubljana, the first destination to receive the SGD Gold Label, has been featured on the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 list since its inception in 2014. The city’s green achievements include the ban of cars in Ljubljana’s historic city center, an increase in the use of electric vehicles, reduction of noise pollution, installation of more public parks, an increase in the use of paper products made out of invasive plant species, and the construction of environmentally friendly buildings.
In size, Slovenia is smaller than many big cities in the world. But size doesn’t matter in the first place to make a country mentioned as the most sustainable one.
About 60% of Slovenia is covered in lush forests. In addition, there are more than 20,000 different animals and plants inhabiting the country’s 40 parks and reserves. Those are incredible numbers owned by a country not bigger than New York.
Sustainable tourism itself has been the main concern for the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO).
Slovenia is becoming known in the international tourism community as a small country which is taking big steps in sustainable tourism.
STO director Maja Pak
The city collected 63% of separated waste and Ljubljana Regional Waste Management Centre is the largest in the country. This waste management center collects and processes a third of Slovenia’s waste and prioritizes separation over incineration. Not only that, the city center is prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists over cars and traffic which once covered the whole city. Only economically accessible city buses, which run on natural gas, are allowed to access the city center. Natural gas is not only used to power the economically accessible buses in the city. About 74% of houses in Ljubljana are heated by natural gas, which is centralized by district heating. It reduces the consumption of fossil fuels which we know contribute the most to global carbon emission. The city also progressively builds more and more green spaces. A data showed that there are more than 500 square meters of public green space per resident in the city, and the number keeps on growing amid the growth of population. Imagine if every city in this world apply it, this world would be a greener planet.