Albania

Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a small sovereign state in Southeast Europe. It has a population of about 3 million people and the official language is Albanian. Travelers from the European Union and Shengen area  or who are a citizen of one of the countries on this list don't need a visa to visit Albania. Travelers who hold a valid, multiple entry Shengen Visa can enter Albania for 90 days. Citizens from countries on this list need to apply for an Albanian visa. 

 

The Albanian currency is the Albanian Lek (ALL) and Albania is one of the cheapest countries of Europe! You can eat in a restaurant for about $3 and stay in a hotel room for less than $10 per night

 

Hitchhiking in Albania is relatively easy. We had an average waiting time of about 30 minutes. People are usually friendly and helpful. Be aware that some drivers expect money since there are a lot of private taxis so make it clear from the beginning that you can't pay for the ride. Private mini buses (called furgon) might also stop for you when they see you hitchhiking as there are no proper bus stops. They will sometimes offer you a free ride if you say that you don't have money. We would recommend you to learn some basic Italian, as this was the language in which we mainly communicated. We noticed that not many people spoke English.

 

Wild camping is definitely possible. There are many beautiful areas where you can pitch your tent without being bothered. Just keep an eye out for wild animals like bear, wolves,...

 

Our highlight in Albania was being invited by a local family to spend the night at their home. This experience taught us a lot about the Albanian culture.

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