Far too many Americans plan a trip to Europe and draw their boundary at Berlin, or Prague, maybe Budapest. Anything further east conjures images of shawled old women waiting in breadlines in the cold. That’s an immense shame, because when you pull back the Iron Curtain and all those outdated associations of Post-Soviet Europe, you’ll find an exuberant multi-cultural region where the locals are welcoming, the parties last till sunup, and your dollar takes you oh-so-much further.
From the Balkans to the Baltic, past the Black Sea all the way to Tbilisi, you’ll find playful, progressive enclaves flourishing with students, artists, musicians, and young people with a vigorous appreciation for a good time. So take advantage of mega-cheap flights to Europe in the coming months and get off that well-worn tourist track -- these underrated European destinations should be on your radar.