Does anyone on this forum ever go to

Jul 8th, 2002, 02:31 PM
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Does anyone on this forum ever go to

places other then England, France & Italy (once in a while Spain)? Seriously now, there are few and far between questions about Sweden, Finland, Norway, Romania to name a few that get little mention.
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:36 PM
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Slovakia is pretty low on uptake as well!
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:52 PM
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Poland must not get many tourists from this forum either.
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:11 PM
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Actually, an interesting question.

My guess is that people who are traveling to places like Slovakia or Finland tend to be more experienced travelers to Europe and don't need the sort of basic advice they're likely to get here. I know that sounds snobbish and I don't mean it to be, but I think there are few people that would pick Bratislava (or Bucharest or Turku) as their first European destination, unlike the Amalfi coast or London. Simply a case of supply and demand.

In other cases, the sort of independent travel advocated by a majority of the correspondents to this board is hard to do - anybody know of a good B&B in Zagreb?

The relatively low numbers of postings about Scandinavia puzzles me also, though. Maybe if the boards were multi-lingual so European visitors to Europe had more input, we'd see more questions about northern and eastern Europe.
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:19 PM
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Just returned from 3 weeks in Switzerland... does that count? ;-)

I agree with the poster who mentioned England, France, Italy, as more likely destination for less experienced travelers. Along the lines of people posting about how to pack, and how to handle money matters, etc.

If I were planning a trip to Romania, for example, I would more likely consult guidebooks and sites like Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, maybe Rick Steves, etc.
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:28 PM
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to Bosnia-Herzogovina? Chetnya? Albania?
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:32 PM
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Ummm...don't Italy and France have a LOT more tourists in general, not just inexperienced tourists, than Finland or Romania? Couldn't that contribute to the relatively low numbers of questions about them?
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:34 PM
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I said that wrong, of course. I meant the relatively low number of posts about Romania and Finland, not about Italy and France.
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:52 PM
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If you have not been to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Poland, etc., you are missing some great countries with plenty to see and do.

Bratislavia ain't bad either for a day stop on a Danube cruise.
Jul 8th, 2002, 05:15 PM
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Went to Poland & Romania last year. All I got were raised eyebrows or a look of astonishment from people when I mentioned where I was going. Have also been to Budapest, Turkey, Greece, Amsterdam & Austria,
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:06 PM
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May be because Italy or Spain have more to offer to the visitor than Finland for example.
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:43 PM
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I've been to a lot of places beyond France, England, Spain & Germany, including Scandinavia, Greece, Poland and Russia.

More recently we have been visiting Hungary and Macedonia on a regular basis to visit friends.

I'm not anything like "the most traveled", but on the basis of where I have traveled, when I can be where *I* want to be -- Paris it is.
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:51 PM
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I've been to nearly every European country plus Russia. Although there are many interesting places and things to see, if your travel budget is limited by time and/or money, there are probably certain destinations you want to reach "once before I die." For me at least, those places are generally located in Western Europe. Having said that, I enjoyed Poland very much and friends in Finland gave me a wonderful tour of their beautiful country that the average tourist probably couldn't achieve.
Jul 8th, 2002, 09:44 PM
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Poland is a very interesting country with a lot to see. Romania is the only place in the world where you can have dinner in the house that Dracula was born. Romania is very poor and you can travel very inexpensivly there. You will find more information on Eastern Europe on thorntree then here.
Hungary is a great place to visit with several interesting cities and Budapest has to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Prague is also a beautiful city with several easy day trips.
Jul 8th, 2002, 10:02 PM
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I've noticed several questions here of late about the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, and Russia, and a few very interesting threads on Poland and Slovakia too. I've travelled a fair amount in Central/Eastern Europe, and Bulgaria/Romania will be my next trip. However, I don't usually ask questions here about such trips, as there are seemingly better sources of info out there. I don't see much here on, e.g., Serbia, Montenegro, Bi-H, and the Baltics either (except from intrepid and ever-helpful Mr. Haines) but I think that will gradually change over time. Also, there's truly stellar info here that I have used on the whole UK, not just England, and on Ireland as well.

Do you have a specific destination you wanted more info about, or posted about and didn't get replies?

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