A trip to an abandoned nuclear survival facility reminded me what makes travel great.
They should sell souvenirs even without a fancy shop. I'm sure Tito's Bunker T-shirts would draw attention....😂 It actually sounds v. interesting, v. James Bond -era. They could do a Bond immersive theatre experience in there. Btw, glad you mentioned people as a draw. They're what help make small attractions endearing, and hold their own against slicker operations.
You're nudging one American toward adventure in BiH! We also love finding those undiscovered gems before they blow up into tourist attractions. Adding this area to the "to visit" list!
I wish I would have known about Tito's Bunker when I visited Bosnia in 2019. Always next time, thanks for introducing it. My wife and I spent most of our brief time in Mostar, which was an exquisite and moving place to visit. We were blown away and had one of the best tours of any city we've traveled to. That said, we ran into some trouble with a 'faux' police stop south of the town while driving toward Montenegro. $50 or a visit to the local jail. We chose the $50.
My parents lived in Zagreb in the late 70s under the Tito regime (my Dad ran a company building a factory) and I visited during college breaks. Very few Americans lived there except a few spies and embassy people. Tourism, except Germans going to Krk, was almost non-existent. Roads were terrible, the few hotels were “challenging”, shopping was grim and somehow it was still marvelous. For me when I visited that is, the folks were very happy to get out to Switzerland after 2 years.
So heartwarming to read how your enjoyment of other people’s work lifts them up. I guess that’s part of the reason to be a traveler. Nice post!
Wonderful piece….very informative. Thank you.
Kary and Jim in Spain
I think these wonderful off-beat destinations are wonderful too. But in the modern world of travel-where nearly all of our arrangements, even our inspiration, comes to us online, they are in bad need of some smart, sensitive marketing tools. Of course ask everyone to tell their friends-but that is just the start. They need digital nomad advocate with a marketing degree. Gotta be one out there by now.