My big European Adventure has officially begun!
For the next 2 months, I'll be skipping around Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the UK, having as many adventures as humanly possible. Yes, I'll probably be burnt out by the end of this trip, and yes, I'll probably spend more money than I want to… but I don't really care — I'm excited for all of it!
I've never traveled to any of these places before, so I'm really looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring new places, people, and foods.
The first leg of my trip has me exploring Eastern Europe — from Budapest to Istanbul.
I'm doing this part of my journey with one of my partners, Intrepid Travel, and can't wait to experience this part of Europe (a region I've been dying to see for years) with my tour group.
Here's our route:
As you can see, I'll be getting a nice glimpse of Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. I'm excited for castles and countryside, hearty food and village life. We'll be staying in a mixture of budget hotels and local homestays on this trip, which I think will be great way to fully experience this part of the world.
I'll have an extra 2 days in Budapest before my tour, and roughly 2 days in Istanbul afterwards — an added bonus, for sure!
My next few weeks look like this:
June 22-24 — Budapest, Hungary
June 25 — Eger, Hungary
June 26-27 — Maramures, Romania
June 28 — Sighisoara, Romania
June 29 — Viscri, Romania
June 30-July 1 — Brasov, Romania
July 2 — Bucharest, Romania
July 3-4 — Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
July 5 — Sofia, Bulgaria
July 6 — Gorno Draglishte, Bulgaria (and Rila Monastery)
July 7-8 — Bansko, Bulgaria
July 9-10 — Plovdiv, Bulgaria
July 11-13 — Istanbul, Turkey
Eastern Europe, here I come!!
I can't wait to share my adventures with you over the coming weeks, which I hope to do as often as possible with blog posts and (hopefully) frequent photo/video updates. Stay tuned! I have a feeling it's going to be epic.
Will YOU be in any of these places at the same time as me? If so, let me know!