The World is Bigger than Capital Cities

This first started bugging me after I constantly read posts about ‘Things to do in Hungary’ and they would only seem to consist of tips about visiting Budapest, thinking about it, I don’t think I have read many blog posts that seem to refer to any other parts of Hungary.

As a child, I spent 8 beautiful years living in a small town in Hungary and know to well that the Country has so much more to offer than the touristy Capital City. Don’t get me wrong, I love Budapest and nearly everything about it, my Sister and Father still live there, and I always look forward to a visit back to my second home but it shouldn’t be the only place you visit.

Then I thought about it, this trend seems to happen a lot. People longing to visit France yet only ever see Paris, it is the same with London, New York and so on. So why is this?

Most places are cheaper out of the Capital Cities, you will find the food and drink are at a much cheaper price and the ‘small town’ local feel of a place is I think, a lot more desirable than the cramped sardines feel. I understand that a lot of people love the bustling cities and everything that comes with it. All my point is, is that your trip should be equally balanced between the two.

It seems people are lured in to seeing the World’s famous and well known attributes. Buildings such as The Eiffel Tower, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sydney Opera House along with the famous wonders of the World become included on people’s ‘Bucket Lists’ and the less known places are usually forgotten about.

Personally I don’t think you can have any view or knowledge of a Country until you have experienced all of it’s wonders, a short weekend trip to Berlin (although worth it) doesn’t equal a post named ‘ Things to See in Germany’. Berlin or any other city is the not a reflection of the rest of the Country, there is such diversity in the world, and you can find such a difference just 5 minutes down the road, not only in the scenery but in things such as prices and the people. Maybe it is time to ditch the well known for the unknown and to start getting to know more of a place as a whole, rather than just a small part of it.

Here a few ‘small town’ places that I have visited to tickle your taste buds;-

Mansigne – France

Eger- Hungary

Blair Atholl – Scotland

Gatlinburg – Tennessee, USA

Viehhofen – Austria


  • Hi there, I totally agree with your comments that having seen the capital of a country for the weekend doesn’t necessarily equate to you having experienced the best of that country. There are famous monuments, landmarks and cities that we all want to see, but there is also a huge wealth of lesser known wonders to be discovered in the countryside or smaller towns outside of the capitals. Travelling in Central America, I really enjoyed this as you hardly ever visit the capital cities! This is a huge difference from Europe, where many people just hope between them!

  • May 10, 2015

    Global Mimi

    Exactly! When travelling Europe it is so easy to just hop from capital to capital as everything is so close together.

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