My boyfriend and I will be travelling to the UK this coming October, to visit my family. We have about 4 - 5 days during which we plan to take a side trip.. somewhere. We've both been to the 'usual' destinations (Spain, France, etc) so are looking for something a bit more adventuresome. We've narrowed it down to two options - Istanbul or Iceland. Help us decide! I've listed my considerations for and against each place below.
We'd both love to go. I worry that 4 days won't be enough to fully explore the entire country, and if that's the case then I'd rather save it for a longer trip. I've read some other askme posts
about Iceland which lead me to believe that while Reykjavik is neat, you really ought to get out and explore the rest of the country as well. Is 4 days enough time? I'm happy to rent a car if that's necessary, but would honestly prefer not to have the hassle. Still, I'm dragging my boyfriend across the world to visit my family and Iceland is his first choice, so if it's doable or worth it, I can definitely be persuaded.
I've travelled in India and Senegal and loved both places (more than Europe), so this is feeling more 'adventuresome' to me than Iceland. I feel like we could easily see the city in the time we've got. The boyfriend could be talked into it but wasn't as "OMGexcited" as I was at the idea. Seems like it will be a more "hustle and bustle" trip as opposed to a relaxing nature-oriented trip. Looking through some past questions
, my vision of exploring amazing ancient cities on foot seem to be.. perfectly matched to Istanbul.
We'll probably book lodging through AirBnB for whichever location we decide on, and airfare from/to London seems to be comparable. Other pertinent information: We live in Portland, Or; have passable French and Spanish between us; I am an EU Citizen and he is not. I loved art history, he is more contemporary-art minded. We're in our mid 20s and definitely qualify as foodies (that sounds pretentious - but we're not.)
Have you been to either of these places? What's October like? How much time do you need? Alternately, is there a third, perfect location we haven't considered yet?