In the early 20th century, Kosovo was incorporated into Serbia (later part of Yugoslavia). Following years of conflict and war, Kosovo declared its independence and become a separate country in February 2008. However, Serbia along with its ally Russia did not recognise Kosovo’s independence. To this day, Serbia considers Kosovo to be part of their country. The authorities in Serbia don’t consider the designated crossing points from Kosovo to be official ‘international’ border crossing points. This causes a lot of implications for travellers. To top it up, there is a lot of conflicting information about crossing those two borders. If you want to visit both, Serbia and Kosovo, you need to consider certain factors and plan your journey in advance.
Is Kosovo a country? Well, sure thing it is! A brand new one, in fact. “The field of blackbirds” as its Slavic name suggests. After years of civil war, known as Serbian ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians; Kosovo finally broke free. Declaring its independence in 2008, a new country was born. It is one of the youngest countries in the world. Although, Serbia among few other nations still does not recognise Kosovo as a state. Many travellers have never heard of Kosovo or simply keep it off their list of places to visit. Largely undermined, this Europe's newest country should be your next destination in the Balkan region.
After living in London for the past three and a half years, I thought I've already experienced the expensive cost of living. However, Switzerland has topped it up with its double prices. Zurich, best known as the global hub for banking and finance, is the most expensive city in Europe, or fourth most expensive in the world ranking. Needless to say it's the price you pay for the best quality living standards, as Zurich has been named one of the top best cities to live in 2017. So, the common question for tourists is 'Can you actually travel to Zurich on a budget?'. The answer is 'Yes'.
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