For some reason the wanderlust never fades, and for me it bites especially hard at the beginning of a new year. The beginning of the year provides a great opportunity to explore destinations that come into their own in the cold winter months. Winter fairs, great architecture covered in pure white snow, and unique winter activites all draw people in to explore these locations at their best. Here are the 5 best destinations in Europe for a getaway at the beginning of the year.
Unique ways of remembering trips always make a great gift, either for a friend or a way to treat yourself ;). After you’ve had a great trip to a destination, you have your photos, but it’s always nice to have another ay to remember it! Forget your fridge magnets, it’s all about map art! Passing a map on a wall in your house you will be able to see all the different destinations you’ve travelled to, each one evoking different memories and feelings! Modern Map art provide great maps of most destinations across the world!
Budapest is a gem in the crown of European cities. It’s grand architecture, great bar scene and countless spas and pools make it a must see destination. If you haven’t visited Budapest you sure need to. Here’s how to do it right…
I’ts the part they don’t tell you about…
We’ve all been there, I’ve been there countless times.
There you are having the best time with your new found friends in a foreign land. You’ve met them over a pint of beer, on a walking tour or in the hostel lobby. If you met these people back home they would probably become some of your closest friends.
You’ve known them for a few days, a few hours or even a few minutes, but you’re exploring cites together, getting drunk together and creating memories that you wont forget in a jiffy.
You’re experiencing the best aspect of travelling; being completely free and sharing it with the coolest people you could wish for.
Then its over.
Just like that.
You’re travelling onto Budapest and they’re going to Berlin.
You exchange numbers and add them of Facebook. However, deep down you know that unfortunately you’re probably never going to see them again. Your paths may cross in future. But for now, its goodbye.
You feel empty.
No matter how much you have traveled, It’s the one part of it all that you cant quite get used to – and i don’t think you ever can.
It’s especially hard to say goodbye to travel friends because you’ve met in a moment where your completely free, exploring the world. You become fiends with them through a shared interest; travelling! You’re like minded people who identify with each other and its rare to find people with such similar interests. Then when you go travelling, pretty much everyone you meet shares these interests with you! You throw caution to the wind and trust people straight away only knowing their name and what country they’re from.
Even though you don’t get used to it, you come to terms with it and realize its part of travelling. Travelling, and hostels especially, are like one big revolving door; when one awesome set of mates leave, another bunch will pop out of no where to have an awesome time with.
Its bitter sweet, but its the way it has to be, it’s also the best way for it to be. You’ve met these people, you’ve had the best of times together and you’ve said goodbye as the best of friends. Memories have been made that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You’ve said your goodbyes.
However, you know that if you were to ever meet again…it would be like you saw each other yesterday.