Bosnia and Herzegovina

With one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe in some areas up to 40%, official rate 17%, it will be unlikely you will find legitimate employment in the country unless you are working for a multi-national organisation.

winter sports

Bosnia and Herzegovina was the 1984 host for the Winter Olympics, and it still takes pride of its winter sports potential. Especially around Sarajevo there are challenging venues. During the war of the 1990s many Olympic venues were severely affected, but at present all is put in place to give the skier a great experience. (http://www.tol.org/client...)

Close to Sarajevo there are the Bjelasnica, with over 8km of ski trails, the Jahorina 20km and Igman mountains. Close to Travnik is the Vlasic Mountain with 14km. Other resorts are Blidinje, Vlasenica (http://www.vlasenica-turi...) in the east and Kupres in Western Bosnia.

Bjelašnica and Jahorina are also beautiful for hikes during summer.

fly-fishing

The most fly-fishing areas in Bosnia are in the North-West of the Bosanska Krajina, around the river Sana (http://www.effa.info/bosn...) fanatics can go on a tour by the different trout-hotspots; Bihać, Martin Brod, Ribnik, Sanica (http://www.oazamirasanica...) and Sanski Most. In several of those towns there are resorts specially geared towards the needs of the angler.

kayaking and canoeing

The Neretva river and its tributary the Trebižat, the Unac river, also the Krivaja river and its tributary Bioštica river are great kayaking destinations with a lot of whitewater on the Krivaja river. The Pliva river and its lakes Veliko and Malo 5km from Jajce are great canoeing destinations, also the middle and lower Una river, the Trebižat river.

rafting

Rafting on the Neretva river, the Una river and the Tara with the Drina river, with some shorter courses on the Krivaja river, the Vrbas river and the Sana river.

2009 World championship of rafting was held in Banja Luka on the Vrbas river and in Foča on the Drina, both in RS.

hiking

Hiking is great in the unspoiled nature of BiH. A good guidebook is Forgotten beauty : a hiker's guide to Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2000 metre peaks - and other selected adventures by Matias Gomez.

canyoning

The famous Rakitnica canyon of the Rakitnica river, tributary of the Neretva river, offer great canyoning adventure, but even extreme canyoning route can be found in the Bjela river another tributary of the Neretva river. The Unac river and its canyon offer great canyoning route.

Also close to Banja Luka you can explore the canyons of the Svrakava and Cvrcka rivers.