A Pass Through Visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina

If you had asked me to list my must-see vacation spots, Bosnia-Herzegovina wouldn’t have been in the top 10.  Truth told, it probably wouldn’t have made the top 50. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina was formerly part of Yugoslavia, and became an independent country in the breakup of the latter country.  While the country is predominantly a mountainous one, it has a very small spot of land that is along the coast of the Adriatic Sea.  It was that small bit of coastline where I found myself about a week ago.

This wasn’t my final destination, I was merely passing through these few miles traveling from Split to Dubrovnik, and the highway goes right through Bosnia-Herzegovina.  WOW!  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this part of the country is beautiful.  Of course, with the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic, it’s hard not to be beautiful.

Once we arrived at the checkpoint, a border guard got onto the bus and checked everyone’s passport, then passed us on through.  You don’t need a visa if you’re a citizen of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the European Union.  I’m told that border crossing are rarely an issue, and sure enough, on the return trip, the border guard just poked his head into the van smiled and waved at us, then motioned us on through.

Heading toward Dubrovnik, our bus made a short rest stop, giving passengers a chance to get out and stretch.  There was a small restaurant there, so I took the opportunity to try out the Bosnia ice cream, a sweet confection touted by people who had been through before.  The texture was a thick-like gelato, rich and creamy like we’re used to here at home, but not quick as thick and gooey.  Quite yummy, and I ordered more of it during my time in Croatia.

Prices are cheap.  A large double scoop of ice cream cost a little under one dollar.  The convertible Mark is the official currency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, but Euros are accepted most places.

I didn’t see much else of the country, just this little slip of land, but it was enough to count as a visit for the Century Club.  It also sparked my interest to learn more about this controversial, and at times difficult, corner of the world.

Photo credit:  personal collection

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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