For anyone in their late-twenties and older, thinking about Bosnia may still evoke memories of conflict. The country’s unstable history appears locked in time. Abandoned bunkers, bullet-ridden facades, elaborate graffiti, and landmine contamination all serve as reminders. There are also, however, reminders of hope; reminders to “never forget” and to never repeat. And so, Bosnia’s reputation appears to be changing, and for good reason.
This is, in part, due to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s location on the Balkan Peninsula, which is exploding in the tourism industry. Many flock to its coastline-rich neighbors, like Greece (already a popular tourist destination), Croatia, and Albania. Maybe the emotional stirrings of a war that ended just a couple decades ago deter the average traveler, but this country has too much to offer to skip it.
I, for one, cannot wait to go back to Bosnia, and here’s why: