Macedonia

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Macedonia Money-Saving Tips

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead, especially if you don’t speak your destination’s native tongue – have drivers pick you up at airports and train stations (or risk being taken by corrupt taxi drivers) and make advance hotel reservations and bring printed confirmation.

Upgrade

Rooms are much cheaper than their Western counterparts. For example, the Four Seasons Budapest, an Art Nouveau masterpiece, charges roughly 55% less than its Parisian counterpart.

Mother Tongue

English is popular in tourist hot spots but it couldn’t hurt to get an Eastern European phrase book. If you’re traveling off the beaten path, consider a pocket translator that includes Russian – it could come in handy in places where English isn’t spoken.

Undiscovered opportunities

If you’re traveling in high season, consider avoiding the crowds by visiting up-and-coming spots like Ohrid, Macedonia, Kotor, Montenegro, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Vršac, Serbia, and Lviv, Ukraine.

Affordable connections

From within Europe, it’s possible to save money on flights to Eastern Europe by flying low-cost regional carriers like SkyEurope, WizzAir, and Smart Wings.

Visa update

Most countries allow Americans to enter without a visa. Exceptions are Armenia (www.armeniaemb.org), Azerbaijan (www.azembassy.us), Belarus (www.belarusembassy.org), and Moldova (www.embassyrm.org) which require a visa. Only Azerbaijani visas (valid for 7-days) can be purchased upon arrival; purchase the others in advance.

No-go zones

Avoid Nagorno-Karabakh, disputed by Armenia and Azerbaijan, Chechnya in Georgia, Kosovo in Serbia, and the breakaway republics of Transdnestria in Moldova, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia. Beware of landmines in remote areas of Bosnia, Croatia, and northeast Albania.

Religion

The predominant religion is Orthodox Christianity. Exceptions are Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia which are predominantly Catholic, and Albania, Azerbaijan, and Bosnia which are predominantly Muslim. Most residents of the Czech Republic and Estonia are unaffiliated.

No Entry

You can’t enter Armenia from Turkey or Azerbaijan or Russia from Georgia. Some trains between Poland and Lithuania pass through either the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad or Belarus – both require visas.

Celebrate

Festivals are held frequently throughout the region. A few favorites: the musical Dubrovnik Summer Festival (www.dubrovnik-festival.hr), the Prague Autumn Musical Festival (www.pragueautumn.cz), the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree (www.jazz-jamboree.pl) and the Kazanlak Festival of Roses (www.rose-festival.com).

Regional spirits

Slivovitz (plum brandy) is the regional spirit (Serbia’s version is the best). Try Belarus’s Etalon and Bulgaria’s Zagorka vodkas. Armenia’s Ararat Cognac was Churchill’s favorite. Hungary’s Tokaji Aszú Aszu wine is one of the world’s great spirits.

Shopping

There are great values to be found despite the floundering dollar. Buy garnets and Moser crystal in Prague, contemporary amber jewelry from A&S in Gdansk, Herend porcelain in Hungary, linen in Vilnius, and vintage posters in Czech and Poland.

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