Albania is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. It’s a country with hidden gems worth visiting. From ancient architecture to warm locals, you have every reason to go there. However, it helps that you prepare yourself before traveling to the country. Here are some things you should know.
Just go with the flow
Albania is a country where people don’t care much about time. Expect buses to arrive late or your appointments not to be met as expected. In fact, you must lose all expectations before going there, especially when it comes to time. You will only feel frustrated. Albanians have a relaxed lifestyle and you can’t force people to rush to get to certain things.
People love to stare
In some cultures, staring is a big no. It’s offensive to look at another person, and it might even get you in trouble. However, in Albania, it’s natural for people to stare at you. They love to watch people. There’s no malicious intent behind the stares. Just go with it and keep moving.
Learn to say yes
Albanians are very hospitable. They love to offer local dishes and beverages. You must learn to say yes and be gracious. They might also ask you to try local traditions and practices. You don’t have to embrace them, but there’s no harm in trying.
Local dishes are the best choices
You will be disappointed if you expect to find Western dishes. Albania only offers local dishes in most places. You will be lucky to find other cuisines. The good thing is Albanian dishes taste good. Give them a try and you will enjoy your entire trip.
Learn a few words
Albanians will appreciate it if you learn to speak a few words in their language. It doesn’t even matter if you say these words correctly. As long as you try, it’s good enough. Given the uniqueness of the language, you might even enjoy practicing a few more words.
Be careful about getting ripped off
Research the prices before heading to Albania. You don’t want to get ripped off by people who will take advantage of you as a tourist. Even a ride from the airport to town will cost you several times more if you have no idea how much it costs. However, it’s not a uniquely Albanian problem. You will experience the same issue wherever you go.
Locals love to talk politics
Unlike other countries where politics is a hot button issue, it’s the opposite in Albania. Everyone loves to discuss politics. Of course, Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Despite that, people don’t mind talking about politics. They love the idea that everyone discusses ways to improve lives.
Hopefully, you will enjoy your trip to Albania. The country has a lot to offer. If it’s your first time, don’t forget to visit the beaches. Albania has some of the least visited beaches in the world. You will enjoy the experience like no other.
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