A couple of weeks ago I wrote about possibly taking a trip to Budapest, and some thoughts on decission making when planning a trip (Should We Stay or Should We Go?). Today I thought I would update readers as to the status of this trip.
We as family travellers are restricted to travelling during school holiday periods. For this reason, we often travel, and suggest to others, travelling in the off or shoulder season, so as to avoid the high flight prices associated with those times. In this case, with escalating flight costs, a singular destination in mind, and a short timeframe, we decided to only visit Budapest with possibly a day trip added in. Furthermore, we now have flights booked and have tentatively booked an apartment within a hotel so it is official trip now! In fact the more I have researched Budapest the more excited I get about it.
In terms of a day trip, Vienna is a possibility, as is the Danube River Bend. Any other suggestions for a good day trip from Budapest? Yada, yada, yada, comments section below :).
In my previous post I also mentioned that we had purchased the Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Guidebook. This book gave us some excellent insights overall into the region, and I still recommend it for anyone looking to explore the region in general or investigate trip possibilities. (Lonely Planet Eastern Europe 13th Ed.: 13th Edition) Where we now find it lacking, is it offers but a few pages on each country, including Hungary.
If you decide that you will only be travelling to only one or a couple destinations, I would suggest a more specialized guidebook. We also now have the Rick Steves Budapest Guidebook and thus far have found it very helpful (Rick Steves Budapest). I generally appreciate the style of these guidebooks and this one even includes a section specifically about kids in Budapest which has some excellent looking suggestions.
If you want to read more about my general opinion about guidebooks, you know what to do (Why I am a Guidebook Convert).
As for me, back to reading about Budapest!
Happy and Safe Travels!