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What To Do In One Day In Novi Sad, Serbia

Spotlight on: One day in Novi Sad, Serbia  History in a nutshell: The archaeological remains show that the city was populated even during the Palaeolithic Period. However, the modern history of Novi Sad is associated with 1687, when the Habsburg monarchy took control of the city and its vicinity. It is during this time that Petrovaradin Fortress was constructed and its primary use was to protect in case of Turkish invasion.  Fun fact(s): The city is known as “Serbian Athens” thanks to its rich cultural heritage, but also as the “Gibraltar of the Danube” thanks to the impressive Petrovaradin...

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Ask GoMad Nomad: Where to rent in Europe Short Term

Dear GoMad Nomad, I’m a digital nomad and freelancer and looking to change my scenery to get inspired. I’d like to move to Europe for a couple months in the spring. I was thinking about renting a place on Air B&B, HomeAway, or House Trip. I can only stay for three months because I’m a US citizen. After that I must remain outside of Europe for 90 days. My accommodation budget isn’t too hefty; I’ve got to keep it below 400 € per month. Do you have any suggestions? -Kiren from Seattle, WA   Where to rent in Europe...

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Ask GoMad Nomad: Do I Need a Visa to Travel Europe?

Dear GoMad Nomad, I’m planning a trip to Europe, but information about visas is kind of confusing. Do I need a Schengen Visa to visit France, Germany, and Italy? If so, what do I need to do to get one? I’m from the US, if that makes a difference. – Phil G. in Houston, Tx     Hi Phil, This is a good question, and one that can be difficult to work out before a first big international trip! First off, well done on knowing that you need to check for this info. My first trip to Europe (a few...

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Belgrade Socials

The basement of Belgrade’s G Hostel was dingy, cold, and walled by cement and rough plaster. The beer pong table was lit up with lasers and black lights. We passed it and found a room the size of a solitary confinement cell, maybe six feet by 10, where on ratty futons sprawled two sunken-eyed boys and three chirpy blonde girls with heavy makeup. We sat with our beers opposite them. M, a Serbian friend, leaned in to me. “This is not Serbia,” she uttered. “I don’t know what the fuck this is.” The girls were American, the boys Romanian....

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Meeting in Sarajevo

We hitched into Sarajevo in separate groups after splitting up in Tirana. Nathan and I had enjoyed the oddest succession of rides and a night in a sixteenth century monastery in the mountains of Montenegro while Aby and Jamie had slept on a bloodstained floor in a dodgy apartment in Durres, the Albanian seaside resort. Our road to Sarajevo had been both comfortable and interesting, from the ten minute ride in a limousine to the mafia pimp’s New Jersey-plated luxury SUV, not to mention the Albanian police car and the Montenegrin fire truck. We got dropped off in the outer suburbs of Sarajevo in the afternoon and started walking towards town. We found a bus that would take us straight to the center of the city but the driver was multiplying the local currency by three to give us a price in Euros instead of dividing it by half. We kept on walking and asking people for directions, refusing to believe those who said it was 10 kilometers away. We kept thinking it would be right around the corner from where we were. Finally after walking for half an hour past buildings bearing the marks of anything from bullets to missiles we experimented with urban hitching. We were picked up rather quickly by a young couple in a pimped out bucket. The owner had obviously found enough money to...

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