I am searching for a destination that I can fly to and back next Sunday, no Visa required for entry, there is snow left, and I have not been there before.
This is surprisingly difficult. First off, I've been to most of the the easy places. Secondly, many of our neighbouring countries have visa requirements. I travel so much that I may never be able to leave my passport in the Russian embassy for six working days, for instance. Does someone know if I can get a second passport in Finland for this purpose?
Secondly, a day trip works best when I can fly direct. A six hour wait in Copenhagen or Frankfurt will not help, as getting to a ski area also takes time... at least a few hours both ways, and I obviously want some time at the area as well. This time I could probably return early Monday as well, but in general, it is not easy to find flights. Particularly when I do not want to pay for that last remaining business class seat.
Here are the European countries that I have not been to yet:
- Iceland: Difficult to find flights that get there early enough on the day.
- Ireland: Is there snow or indoor skiing?
- Lithuania: I'll do this someday, as there is a very interesting indoor ski place. But it seems like a waste to do it during the winter. And there no direct flights on Sundays.
- Belarus: Requires a visa.
- Russia: Requires a visa.
- Greece: No snow, ever.
- Portugal: No snow?
- Hungary: The best ski area closed two days ago.
- Ukraine: No visa required, great! But is there something to ski?
- Romania: Is there snow?
- Croatia: No easy flights, but otherwise this would be very interesting. Could I drive there from Milan?
- Bosnia-Herzegovina: Is there snow?
- Serbia: I know nothing about this place. Snow?
- Moldova: No visa, great! But is there snow?
- Montenegro: Snow?
- Monaco: No snow, ever. (Or is there?)
- Albania: This would be great, is there snow? Are there flights?
- Macedonia: I know nothing about it.
- Kosovo: I know nothing about it.
- Bulgaria: Is there snow?
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