The Clash summed it up best in their hit song of the same name, though in this case it might be hyperbole to say that if we go there could be trouble, but if we stay it might be double. Rather the point of this allusion, I suppose, is should we invest in another travel experience or will the regret of not going be overwhelming. Further to the point however, is if we go somewhere, where should we go and why?
We are currently exploring the idea of a trip to Eastern Europe in May or June. Of course when I say Eastern Europe, what I really mean is Central Europe because what we tend to think of as Eastern Europe is a remnant of Cold War era thinking. Countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Croatia, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina are all actually geographically in Central Europe if one takes the time to look on a map. If, off the top of my head, I missed a former Warsaw Pact country in Central Europe I whole heartedly apologize to it’s residents.
This weekend we bought the Lonely Planet guide to Eastern Europe (even Lonely Planet has the geography a bit off), and our thoughts are to begin or end in Budapest and will likely have a maximum of 9 days. The challenge now is to find some other places to couple with Budapest. Staying in Hungary might be nice if we get out of the city to explore some open spaces and history. It might also be nice to couple Budapest with Krakow in Poland, or Prague in Czech Republic, or both. Of course it might also be nice to head further East and visit Romania and/or Bulgaria. Tallinn also looks remarkable, but a bit far from Budapest.
These are magnificent #firstworldproblems, as the kids say, and we count ourselves very fortunate to have these opportunities!
I would love to get some feedback in the comments below if you have visited some of these places. You can also share this post on social media, and like this article to further the discussion. I love all the comments I get and would be very happy to spark a discussion so that we can all learn more about the world in which we live.
By the way, if you are interested in visiting this part of the world, we highly recommend Lonely Planet Guide to Eastern Europe.
Happy and safe travels!