|Slovak Broadcast building, Bratislava|
I'm not usually a fan of "visit before it's too late" tourism because it tends to focus on natural phenomena that we're destroying (like the Great Barrier Reef, say) but in this case, I have to agree. I just loved travelling around eastern Europe when you needed a visa for many countries, and everywhere gave you passport stamps - now that so much of eastern Europe has joined the European Union, it must be feeling a bit more homogenous. And I can also confirm from my own repeat visits that everything's getting more expensive, and the countries that have adopted the Euro already all complain about Euro-related price hikes too. It's certainly not a "now or never" proposition, but I can see some definite benefits to seeing eastern Europe sooner rather than later. I'm always sad I haven't yet made it to some of the more eastern parts like Bulgaria and Romania, but they are very high on my list! And of course, returns to my favourites, Estonia and Slovakia.
Which eastern European country would you like to visit - or is your favourite, if you've already been?
[Thanks to simononly for the photo via Flickr/CC]