To all you Cold War kids out there (just in case you didn't know) the news is officially out: Eastern Europe is no longer that strange, bleak, cold, and grey place we devoured images of while growing up. Times have changed—mostly for the better—and as it turns out, Eastern Europe is actually not so bad these days; it's even surprisingly pleasant. When I decided to travel independently to Eastern Europe for the first time almost 10 years ago, I was slammed with a multitude of blank stares …
Myth and legends can't begin to prepare you for what you'll discover in Eastern Europe. A mere generation ago, most travellers wouldn't dream setting foot here. Now, the world can't get enough. The Eastern European independent travel invasion has begun. Nothing can stop it.
The imaginary lines between Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe are often blurred. And the further you travel east, the more your own made-up boundaries seem to follow. Travelling further into Eastern Europe, the ease of European travel erodes. One of the region's true draws for me has always been that it's a little rough around the edges. Getting from point A to point B in Eastern Europe can be an adventure in itself.
From the canals of St. Petersburg to the medieval castles of Romania, pinning down Europe's most enigmatic region in a few words seems an impossible task. Let's just say this: Eastern Europe's not hard to fall in love with.
Whether you love historic cities or would rather relax in the white sands of the Baltic Sea or on pebble beaches along the Adriatic, Eastern Europe might just be the perfect getaway you've always been looking for.
Top Countries in Eastern Europe
Top Destinations in Eastern Europe: Belgrade, Brasov, Bucharest, Budva, Chisinau, Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, Odessa, Ohrid, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, St. Petersburg, Tirana
Russia cracks more travel bucket lists than you can imagine, and yet, so few ever manage to sneak a peek inside the walls of Kremlin or hop into the ice-cold waters of Lake Baikal. Why? The short and slightly vulgar answer: It's a huge pain in the ass. But, really, when all that stands between you sitting on the couch and wandering the streets of St Petersburg alongside the ghosts of Dostoyevsky and Gogol is a monolithic Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare, why not just confront the beast? …