Miscellaneous: OK, I didn't really like this book. I don't rely heavily on guide books anyway but I do use them a lot when planning a trip and to get background information on the history of a place. The Bradt guide does well in giving background information and history of Montenegro and its towns and cities in general but the detail on what to see and do is a bit vague and hard to read. I think that's what I found to be the biggest problem with this book. It's too hard to navigate and you need to trawl through pages to find the relevant details of what you're looking for.
Having said all that, they're aren't too many guide books dedicated to Montenegro so I suppose beggers can't be choosers and it did help me with my planning of my trip.
Think Lonely Planet just brought out an individual guide to Montenegro...would recommend this more than the Bradt guide based on past experience of both publishers.
Lonely Planet - Eastern Europe
Miscellaneous: I'm a lonely planet fan. I find the lonely planet series of books the most informative and easy to use guide book out there and their Eastern Europe guide is my Bible when travelling around this part of Europe.
The Eastern Europe book doesn't have the detail you would expect from individual country guides but is a handy book to bring with you if visiting several countries in one trip. Although bulky it does mean you won't need to carry anyty other book. I don't rely too much on guide books when actually in a place but I do find them useful.
The Montenegro section of the book contains good information on what to see and do but their bus and accommodation information is a little off but bus times are constantly changing in Montenegro so you're better off checking them out yourself anyway.
The Montenegro chapter has an introductory section on Kotor and what to do and see and advoice on accommodation and restaurants but agin I found it better to check all this out myself. Not good enough for a full guide but good to help your planning and to get an idea of what to expect...what more can you ask for with a book covering half of the continent.
Baby wipes and hand sanitizers!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Baby wipes and hand sanitizers! During the summer season, Kotor runs out of water a lot and you might not get to shower every day-if you don't know the water schedule!
Photo Equipment: 35 mm film is ridiculously expensive there. So bring plenty with you. And I mean plenty! Between festivals, carnivals, museums, beautiful beaches and incredible sightseeing, you will run through you film supply quickly.
If you are using digital, don't count on buying batteries there-too expensive. And bring an extra memory card because once you run out of memory space and have to print you prints there, you will end up paying between 30-35 cents per print!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Plenty of HOT swimsuits. People in Montenegro are up to date on the latest, skimpiest swim wear!
- Castles and Palaces
- Water Sports
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Tons of sunblock in Summer (it gets really hot!), a scarf and a warm hat in Winter because the wind can get nasty.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing really, everything can be purchased on the spot (and very cheap, to that matter).