In recent years, smaller nations and lesser-known cities have grown in popularity with the travel community. There’s an abundance of reasons as to why this is. Budget airlines offering cheap flights, tourists supporting sustainable travel and more tourist amenities in cities, just to name a few. To older generations, Estonia may sound cold, harsh and a communist-run Soviet State. That is because up until 1991, Estonia was part of the Soviet Union, and had all the visual aspect of being a bit rough around the edges. Today, Estonia is a trendy travel destination and has even been named as the best place to live in Europe for remote workers.
Tallinn’s Old Town
One picture of Tallinn’s old town is enough for you to book a flight to the Estonian capital. Its medieval streets and fairytale towers that surround the city is like a plot to a Disney movie. In the summer months, the streets come alive with tourists and locals enjoying a meal at one of the many outdoor restaurants lining the streets. In winter, the cobblestoned streets are covered under a blank of thick white snow, and the dark streets are lit up from the lights of cosy shops and restaurants.
When you think about the outdoors and nature, Estonia isn’t the first country that comes to mind. In fact when you think of a city break you normally don’t think of beaches, forests and camping. But that’s what you can get just 30 minutes from Tallinn’s city centre. Like Finland, Norway and Sweden, Estonia has the freedom to roam rule. This basically means wild camping is allowed almost anywhere. What’s even better, is the fact Estonia has hundreds of campsites where you can pitch up your tent, cook on their BBQs and even stay in a wooden hut, all for free! Lahemaa National Park, just outside Tallinn, is a popular destination for locals and tourists
How expensive or inexpensive a city is should be one of the number one things to consider before you travel. 3 key reasons for this are you get to experience more of a city through its attractions, bars or restaurants. Another is that you will enjoy yourself more. Even if you’re not travelling on a budget, you will enjoy your food or some historical landmark much more if you know it’s not eating through your wallet. Finally, the more money you save on one trip, the more that can go towards your next adventure. So, it’s a good thing that accommodation, transport and food & drink are all extremely cheap here, especially compared to western Europe.
Off the beaten track
Each year Tallinn receives around 5 million visitors. This may sound like a lot, but when you know that Krakow receives 14 million visitors each year, it doesn’t sound like much. Since Tallinn is a wonderful and fascinating city, it’s only a matter of time before tourists check it out. Not only will you be visiting a city that is not suffering from chronic overtourism like most European cities, but supporting sustainable travel and visiting a city that belongs to the world’s top 10 cities with the cleanest air.
Estonia is a fascinating country that has been locked away by the Soviet Union for a vast period of time. Now everyone has the chance to explore all of this nation with its amazing public transport system. What’s even better is that you have the chance to take a day trip to another great city, Helsinki. This is a great idea if you’re someone who travels on a budget, as you can suffer open wallet surgery from visiting the Finnish capital. You can even stay the night here for free if you want to experience some of Finland’s amazing woodland and wild camp like the locals love to do.
These are just some of the reasons why you should visit Tallinn. For more information on visiting here, you can click on the links down below.
Tourism in Tallinn: https://visittallinn.ee/eng
Tourism in Estonia: https://www.visitestonia.com/en/
Tallinn – Helsinki ferrys: https://www.directferries.ie/helsinki_tallinn_ferry.htm
Travel in general: https://diggingforgems.org/