There are a great many ways to see Eastern Europe and make it the experience of a lifetime. Options include traveling with a friend, in a group, with a guided tour, as a volunteer group, staying in the home of a local, or going solo. Whatever way you choose to see Eastern Europe, make sure it is one that appeals to your reason for traveling to Eastern Europe
- whether for fun, education, geneological research, or other purpose.
Whether you're staying with a friend, studyin in Eastern Europe, or hanging out with relatives, the homestay opportunity is one of the best ways to understand Eastern European life and culture. While staying with a local family, you'll be able to share traditions, recipes, movies, and music. The family you stay with will also be able to show you around town.
Seeing Eastern Europe with a friend, sibling, or significant other (in other words, one other person), can mean having someone to share the memories with while leaving out the confusion and conformity inherent to group travel.
If you're really good at organizing trips and have a strong network of friends, putting together a group to travel to Eastern Europe might be just up your alley. Otherwise, guided tours and university programs for students offer group travel opportunities that you can join solo or with a friend or two.
Guided tours are great for first-time travelers or individuals who would rather not go solo (but haven't been able to convince anyone they know to accompany them). They are also great for providing pre-planned itineraries that allow you to enjoy traveling with relatively less stress. These tours do have their advantages and disadvantages, and they may be right for some people while completely wrong for others.
Volunteering in Eastern Europe can put you in touch with the local culture, bring you together with like-minded people, allow you to see a new country, and give you the chance to make a different in the lives of community members.
Ways to See Eastern Europe - Solo TravelOf course, you can always see Eastern Europe by yourself. Go at your own pace, follow your own whims. Seeing Eastern Europe by yourself can be empowering, exciting, and worthwhile. If you're confident about your overall ability to get around in unfamiliar places, try venturing into Eastern Europe solo. But you'll have to take lots of pictures so that you can back up the stories of all the amazing things you experienced while you were traveling.