Before I get into what it’s like being a black person traveling in Montenegro, I should let you know that this post is actually part of a series on my blog called Being a Black Traveler in Eastern Europe and Slavic countries.
That is why this summary of my experience as a black traveler in Montenegro is not so long. So check out the whole Eastern Europe series when you are done.
Disclaimer: I am a tall, thin, make-up wearing, American passport-wielding girl that dresses in mostly dresses, cute skirts and other fashionable clothing. I am sure that all factors into how I am “received” in some countries. As you read my experiences, keep that in mind that my gender and my nationality, I am sure, can sometimes play a part in how I am treated.
Okay, so what is it like being a black girl traveling in Montenegro?
I received a lot of long stares and people surprised to see a black person in Montenegro, as I did in all the countries in the Balkans. A few people stopped me to take a selfie with me as well, which I don’t love to do. You can read more about why I don’t love fulfilling selfie requests in my post about the 8 mostly amazing things to expect as a black traveler in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Montenegro is growing from strength to strength in tourism every year. But even at that, compared to Croatia, I felt like more Montenegrins working on the seaside tourist towns were eager to strike a conversation with me because their most popular towns are still not seeing as many black travelers as Croatia’s seaside towns. Also, many people working in Montenegro during holiday seasons are Serbians. Half the people I met in Montenegro that were excited to talk to a black girl were Serbians.
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