Will East meet West?

Downyonda Creek signAs you may or may not know…probably not, unless you stalk my blog (I’m ok with that! haha)…anyway, as you may or may not know, I’m planning on going to Europe for the first 2-3 months of my epic RTW adventure.  I’ve been going back and forth on which countries to visit…ideally, I’d love to travel through a mixture of eastern and western European countries. At the same time, I need to take into consideration mundane things like time, money and safety of the country.  I have a yearning to learn more about my ancestory (I’m a mutt), especially the Czech and Croatian side, of which I know basically nothing about.  If I’m going that far east, I also want to visit Greece, Turkey, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Bulgaria.

On the flip side, I have to visit London (I’ve been telling a mate of mine I’d visit for years) and would love to go back to Spain and Germany, as well as seeing Portugal, Italy, and Morocco (I know Morocco is technically Africa, but it’s right next to Spain so it makes sense that I visit it when I’m already that close) for the first time.

I’ve just about decided to stick to the west…I think…It makes sense…it’s generally going to be more expensive and I think I’d do better getting those areas out of the way in the beginning of my trip when my willpower is strongest.  Also, since I’m flying from an airport on the east coast of the U.S., London is already a logical stop over, or in my case, destination.  On top of that, obviously Eastern Europe is closer to Southeast Asia/Australasia than Western Europe is, so if I decided I wanted to go back and hit the countries I missed after my year in Australia and before my time in SE Asia, it would theoretically be cheaper. Yea. I think this makes sense.  I don’t want to squeeze so many countries into such a small timeframe/budget that I can’t enjoy my trip. Ok, just about talked myself into this. Of course, tomorrow the opposite may be true…

If anyone has suggestions for locations, hostels, activities in any of the countries listed, I’d love to hear your feedback! Clearly I’m a bit lost right now…

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  1. The relative distance between Eastern and Western Europe and Australia is negligible, so it’s not cheaper at all. Plus, there are more flights going to Western Europe, so it would probably be cheaper to fly there.

    Check out what other people have done before you – these questions have been asked and answered many times:
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2285308

    And/or get a book: http://www.roughguides.com/shop/rough-guide-first-time-europe/ebook/

    Most important – try to keep it simple, travelling is complicated enough.

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