Long term travel needs funding and the best way to do this is by setting up an online business. When I was travelling in Budapest I met some English teachers all of whom had the same problem – finding private students. While I was there I had the idea of putting my business development skills to use and finding a way to help them teach more students.
As most of you know I spent a few months in Budapest last year. One thing a lot of people ask me is whether I can speak the local lingo. They all want to know how hard it is to learn Hungarian. The answer, refreshingly, is that it’s not too hard at all.
Tallinn in Estonia was the last stop on my trip through the Baltics and was the most interesting city yet. Like other cities in Baltics there is a beautifully preserved, UNESCO listed Old Town, with it usual mix of churches, museums and foreigner friendly restaurants where most of the tourists spend their time finding things to do. And of course, on account of the cheap beer and steady stream of stag parties and Finnish people that take the ferry from Helsinki there is week long nightlife to enjoy as well.
The Curonian Spit is a 52km peninsula in the Baltic Sea that stretches between Lithuania and the Kalingrad Oblast of Russia (that bit of Russia that is separate from the rest). It’s a UNESCO heritage site and as well as Europe’s highest sand dunes (6 metres at their highest), over 70% of he Curonian Spit is covered in forest, making for a great day out especially if you choose to cycle it.
The Hill of Crosses (Kryžių Kalnas) north of the town of Šiauliai is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lithuania and an important religious pilgrimage site for Christians worldwide. On a small hill in the middle of flat farm fields stand hundreds of thousands of crosses, big, small, wooden and metal, simple or intricately decorated, serving as memorial for the Lithuanian national identity.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and the likely first stop for anyone planning to explore the Baltics. The Old Town is beautiful to explore and can easily be covered on foot or by bicycle. Culture fans looking for things to do in Vilnius will find plenty in the form of museums covering history recent and old and plenty of churches for to explore. Those coming to relax and see the nightlife on the other hand will find an abundance of good restaurants serving traditional Lithuanian food and dozens of bars and nightclubs catering for all music tastes.
Kraków is the second largest city in Poland and definitely the capital of nightlife in Poland with a large student population and lots of visiting tourists who come to see Auschwitz-Birkenau and stay for a night or two afterwards looking for things to do. For those that do stay the city has a beautiful perimeter park, a sprawling Jewish district and Wawel Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle to explore complete with stunning views over the city.
Bled is a small town in the north of Slovenia near the Austrian border. First becoming popular back in the early 1900s as a spa resort, the town is now enjoyed by all types of tourist who come to enjoy the beautiful scenery, lazy days relaxing around Lake Bled and the panoramic views from Bled Castle next to the lake nestled in the Julian Alps. Don’t expect too many things to do in Bled, it’s more a place to relax and take in the scenery.
I have a bit of a thing for visiting unusual museums so when I stumbled upon The Museum of Broken Relationships while walking around Zagreb, I decided to pay a visit and see what it was all about. The concept is quite simple, people are asked to donate an item that symbolises an aspect of their relationship and it’s subsequent breakup. The result is a treasure trove of items weird, wonderful, mundane and utterly heart wrenching.
One reason Croatia is so popular is it’s beaches offering the warm waters, great seafood restaurants and the chance to relax. After Dubrovnik, Split is the place to be. It’s still quite cheap, much cheaper than other seaside cities in Europe and arguably way more interesting with the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace to explore and beautiful national parks just a short journey away. If you spend a few days in Split you’ll find plenty of things to do.