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Hidden Europe -The Road Less Traveled By

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Europe Off the Tamed Tourist Path: I have unchangingly been intrigued by travel off the tamed tourist path. Partly in jest, I unchangingly say the platonic solo travel destination is a place I can’t spell or pronounce. My most lattermost example? In past years surpassing it was “discovered” by Australians and New Zealanders, I vacationed in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. At that time, Aitutaki had only one bank, Wall of New Zealand, and no ATM. Not to worry: It was unshut one day in each month! If you missed it, you would have to reservation it thirty days later. Not sure this was remote enough, I headed out for a day trip to an uninhabited atoll. I did have some snooping when I saw the six seater plane. Worst yet? Each passenger had to be weighed surpassing boarding so the plane could be balanced!

Why travel off the tamed path?

Besides the excitement of a new unknown destination, I had a practical reason to looking vastitude the well-worn tourist path. Swapping out best-known locales for subconscious gems is the weightier way to save. The reason? The reduced demand in less well-known spots ways that prices are lower.

While much of Europe has been intensely explored, there are still places where you can save and savor your vacation. Here are a few of my favorites.

Hidden Gems – Europe Off the Tamed Tourist Path:


Slovenia is the northernmost country of the former Yugoslavia. While still a part of that political federation, it was a popular tourist destination of Europe. As far when as the 1890’s, nobility and crowned heads of Europe vacationed in the spa town of Bled. In the twentieth century, Tito, President of the country during the Soviet dominated Warsaw Pact years, moreover stayed there. Without that ended in 1991, Tito’s elegant villa in Bled became a tony tourist hotel. Ironically, when I looked through my old travel photos, I found a shot of me sitting in front of a sideboard named Bled! However, the sideboard was unquestionably located in Belgrade, Serbia not future Slovenia!

Here are some reasons to throne to Slovenia:

It has the squint of Switzerland at half the price!

There is something for everyone:

The wanted Ljubljana has an Old Town with much of the recreate of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Fashionistas will be pleased to see that many local brands like upper malleate shoes looked like Italian designers but then at a lower price.

In-country travel was easy. I took a public bus from the wanted to Bled.

Bled was as promised. There was a well-preserved and pure castle overlooking the town.

A quaint denomination sits in the middle of Lake Bled and is still one of the most photographed places in the world. The only problem? The frozen lake made it untellable to visit mid-winter.

Slovenia has budget-friendly downhill skiing in Kranjska Gora. As the site of past Olympic ski jumping competition, it moreover has a surrounding village with B&B’s.

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Andorra is an enchanting small nation located between Spain and France in the Pyrenees. It is not a member of the European Union but culturally is very much at heart a part of Europe with French, Spanish and Catalan as the senior languages. I travelled there to ski in winter. Although less well-known that popular European ski resorts, it had a very cosmopolitan mix at a much lower price! In my Intermediate ski class, I quickly became friends with one of my Dutch classmates. Without our daily matriculation and lunch (with a little wine thrown in), we spent the afternoon on practice runs. The quality of the snow was some of the finest I have seen from the US West to New Zealand and Argentina.

In the summer, Andorra is platonic for hiking. It is easy to get there via Spain. I highly recommend combining an outdoor, zippy sports trip with a cultural visit to Barcelona. The region’s climate was much like southern California. In Feb., you could hands stroll through palm tree lined streets one day and be on snow-covered slopes the next day.



When I visited Montenegro, like Slovenia, it was part of Yugoslavia. At that time, it was still way off the tamed path. Most of the fellow tourists were German-speaking. Having been an mart student in Germany, I found this was the weightier worldwide language to communicate although I did have a number of funny miscommunications. The seaside settings on the Dalmatian Tailspin had imposing mountain peaks lining the coast. It had an easy-going, informal atmosphere. Typically, one day a stranger sped by in a power wend shouting: “You waterski? I teach you how!” Without any safety tips, signing of waivers or information on my new instructor’s training, I was on my way speeding past a small island with no idea where or when my lesson would end!

My next (mis)adventure was when I hired a small wend to waif me off for a few hours at a largely undeveloped island. While I lounged on an empty beach, I was puzzled why there was no one else around. Shortly without that, I looked overdue me. To my surprise, there large sign with a skull and crossbones, the international danger symbol. Apparently, I had unknowingly picked a waterfront spot in a hazardous waste dump!


Moving on beyond, the former Yugoslavia:

Central and Eastern Europe still offer some of the weightier values and uncrowded holidays in Europe. My last trip to Europe was a return to Prague and two weeks out in the Czech countryside. Less well-known to tourists, the rimming country of Slovakia has much to be seen. History of Slovakia – Without recovering from World War II and years of Soviet domination, in 1993, the two new nations of the Czech Republic and Slovakia emerged. Not surprisingly, both have much in worldwide as to terrain, still standing historic monuments and Old World Castles. Here’s a quick checklist from multiple sights to see:

Active sports enthusiasts and historians will need to make a trek through Spis Castle, Central Europe’s largest castle fortress.

You can’t miss the Bojnice Castle with a zoo next door featuring increasingly than 350 animals.

Relax at the Spa Sklené Teplice.

For foodies and wine lovers, you can savor an all day wine tasting at the Modra Wine Cellars Day.

For an adventure, you can prowl through the Dobšinská Ice Cave.

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