Meet Skender, our Bosnia and Herzegovina adventure guide

 Bosnia tour guide kKenderBosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating place, one nobody is more passionate about than Skender, our local tour guide, who you may remember if you read our blog on Bosnian coffee culture.

Skender has witnessed Bosnia’s many twists and turns growing up and he’s determined to showcase all of the natural beauty and melting pot of cultures there today.

We caught up with Skender to ask what he loves most about his job, why people should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, and answer some of your most frequently asked questions about this Balkan gem.

Where did you grow up and what inspired you to become an adventure guide?

I was born in Libya and spent the first three years of my life there before moving to Sarajevo, a city that holds a special place in my heart. My childhood was deeply influenced by the war, a time that taught me resilience and the value of community.

After the war, I watched my father manage a hostel. Helping him allowed me the privilege of meeting travellers from all over the world, sparking my interest in different cultures and stories beyond my own. These experiences inspired me to become a tour guide and entrepreneur. It was not only the fascinating people I met but also the opportunity to challenge and change stereotypes about my country that motivated me.

What is your favourite thing about being adventure guide?

The best thing about being a guide, for me, is connecting with people. These moments are a treat, allowing me to bring people together and foster understanding through shared experiences. As a guide, I have the unique privilege to not only showcase the beauty and heritage of my country but also to witness the transformative power of travel on individuals.

Why should people visit Bosnia?

Growing up here, I was surrounded by a mosaic of cultures, religions, and histories that are woven into daily life. From the calls to prayer echoing over Sarajevo to the tolling church bells in small villages, each sound tells a story of coexistence and resilience.

As a local, I’ve experienced the warmth and hospitality of our people firsthand. We’re proud of our heritage and eager to share the best of our culture. Bosnia offers something unique for every traveller.


What questions do you get asked most by visitors about Bosnia?

I am often asked if Bosnia is safe to visit. It’s a question that understandably comes up considering our past, but today’s Bosnia is peaceful and very welcoming to tourists.

I can confidently say that Bosnia is one of the safest countries you could choose to visit. In my years of guiding, I’ve seen countless tourists experience our country’s beauty without any safety concerns. It’s a testament to how far we’ve come and the peace that now defines our homeland.

Is there a difference between Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Bosnia and Herzegovina is indeed one country, though it comprises two distinct regions: Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main difference between them often comes down to the weather: Herzegovina enjoys a warmer climate than the more mountainous Bosnia. This makes Herzegovina not just a sunnier place to be, but also better for wine. In fact, it’s often said in jest that while Bosnia might warm your spirit, Herzegovina warms everything else!

What traditional Bosnian food & drink should people try?

In Bosnia, the culinary scene has something for everyone. While many might favour ćevapi ( mini minced meat kebabs served inside a pitta) or burek (a layered cheese pastry), my personal favourite is klepe. These dumplings, filled with meat, cheese, or spinach, represent the heart of Bosnian comfort food. They are handmade, often seasoned with a touch of garlic and covered in a savoury sauce, making them a lesser-known but truly authentic choice.

What’s your favourite activity to do in Bosnia?

My favourite activity has to be hiking. The trails through our lush mountains offer breathtaking views and a sense of tranquillity that’s hard to find anywhere else.

I also hold a special affection for exploring Bosnia’s remote villages and engaging with the locals. It’s a heartfelt experience that deeply connects me with traditional Bosnian life. Being welcomed into a village, where the air is rich with the scents of homemade food and the echoes of long standing customs, is incredibly enriching.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love exploring the outdoors with my family. We are always on a quest to discover hidden gems we haven’t yet stumbled upon, making every outing an adventure.

I am really passionate about nurturing sustainable tourism in Bosnia, so I dedicate a good portion of my time to scouting new locations, brainstorming ways to enrich our tourism practices and imparting these values to my team.


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