As I posted earlier, I took an unexpected detour out of the Balkans and straight into the heart of the EU — where my wallet took a hit, to be sure. Luckily, Albania had been pretty cheap, so the sticker shock of Slovenia wasn’t too troubling. Plus, I know when it comes to paying in Euro, it’s going to cost some pretty serious bank.
Here’s how it breaks down (in USD) for comparison:
Airport Transport (RT): $5
AirBnB (3 nights): $169
Groceries & Food: $100
Sightseeing & Berat Day Trip: $148
Bus fare (2 trips): 8 cents — yes, I’m serious. Each trip was 40 lek.
Airfare: $409 (also includes flight to Skopje, Macedonia)
Airport Transport (RT): $21
Hotel: $287 (used a free Hotels.com night to lower cost)
Groceries & Food: $40 (hotel included awesome full breakfast)
Sightseeing: $46 (castle admissions, urban train)
Rental Car, Parking & Petrol: $107
In the end, I don’t regret a dime I spent. It was totally worth it to see Slovenia — which I highly recommend. Just pack your wallet. It’s not London or Paris expensive, but it isn’t Balkans cheap… that’s for sure.