James Wharton is the Member of Parliament for Stockton South. Follow James on Twitter.
I was fortunate to get the opportunity to spend a few days in Kosovo and Albania this week. This was a private trip (I know it is not what many people would consider a holiday but there we go!) and I mixed meeting friends with more than a dash of politics.
I have spent the vast majority of the summer recess in my constituency, working on a whole range of local issues, getting a break from talking about the EU, and delivering my most recent constituency newsletter. But for a few days away I would recommend a Kosovo/Albania visit to anyone. Sadly, I did not have time to visit Albania's impressive beaches- they certainly looked pretty good from the windows through which I viewed them- but I did get a feel for the immense potential of both countries.