Balkans. The History, People, Culture, Environment. Vacation Packages. The Balkans, or the Balkan Peninsula, is a distinct, and rather large, part of southeastern Europe. It takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that extend between the border of Serbia and Bulgaria all the way to the Black Sea. The region comprises many countries. Some definitions consider up to a dozen nations to be entirely or at least partially located in the Balkans. Most often, however, the definition or public perception is limited to the ex-Yugoslavian countries, Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania. It’s always up for debate. As we at Chasing the Donkey focus on the entire Balkan Peninsula. This article talks about what to expect when traveling in the Balkans, more specifically in the countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and Kosovo. This is a relatively undiscovered part of Europe. Much less visited than, for instance, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, the British Isles and France, the Balkans are somewhat of a blank spot on the map for many Western European and North American travelers. It’s not a stretch to state that a lot of Westerners don’t know much about the region. That is, of course, with the exception of the Balkan War, which devastated the region in the 1990s. Now twenty years ago, this war still seems to linger in people’s minds. If you’re one of those people who still associate the word “Balkans” with war and refugees, you really need to visit this gorgeous region. Things have improved and changed a lot.