It is way too early to tell but it is likely that I will heading to eastern Europe next year for the usual once-in-a-year trip during the Chinese New Year holiday season. MATTA Fair hasn’t arrive until September but my dad is already checking out some travel companies to search for interesting places that we have yet to visit with reasonable pricing and right timing. Eastern Europe appears to be the right one at the moment. We usually booked the tour during MATTA Fair but I guess my dad want to do it early this year to also enjoy the early bird discount and skip the crowded fair this year.
So what does Eastern Europe covers? It is basically a group of countries that lie at the eastern side of Europe. They are Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, etc. The trip will cover most of the countries in this region and will takes up about 10 days. We have visited Italy before in a single trip back in 2011 and not long after that, we have also visited Central Europe (went to Germany on a single day as part of that trip). That was back in 2013. Next year, we are returning to Europe after a long 6-years gap. Tourist destinations in Eastern Europe are not as famous as those found on other parts of the continent but are still worth visiting.
Some of the interesting places I found from the itineraries provided by multiple travel companies are Prague Castle, Saint Mary’s Basilica at Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp, Budapest’s Matthias Church, Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace, Hallstatt in Austria, Mozart’s Birthplace at Salzburg, and Munich’s BMW Museum. Although these places are less popular, but I’m sure that they are beautiful destinations and worthy of a lot of pictures to be taken.
The price is not as high as we expected (well, gotta still start saving now to pay for this trip). The flight schedule and day is at good timing. My dad is already quite firm on his decision (selected this place) and I don’t have much objection (although I also do have some other more preferred choices like Egypt, Dubai and Greece). I do raise up these places to my dad in the past few years but he shown not much interest in them. Anyway, I will just follow by his desired place every year. We would also like to visit Western Europe like Spain and Portugal but the pricing is much more expensive. We are also eager to travel to Xian (to see the famous terracotta warriors) but we have just been to China early this year. So, Eastern Europe is the likely choice. 2019 is the year to go a bit further (not within South East Asia or in Asia).
There are more than 7 months to go before the trip. Long way to go. Perhaps I would have gone for another oversea trip before this one. There is a possibility because I may be joining my company for a trip to Myanmar two months from now. Arrghh…my mind is already thinking of trips! The last oversea trip I had was in February at Zhangjiajie, China (as mentioned in the previous paragraph). Now, I can’t wait for another enjoyable and memorable vacation. Life is boring with the usual working weekdays and lazy weekends. For me, travel is a must to enjoy life, to spend quality time with companions (family) and to enrich own self with wonderful experience. Don’t you agree?
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