There’s a window of opportunity the week after next. Utilising Skyscanner search “Leeds to Everywhere” throws up a list of interesting cheap fares. Bratislava is somewhere I’ve never been and, if I can use it as a base to get to Vienna, I can tick off two new countries in one trip.

When I have a little more time later on today I’ll research airport to city links and also city to Vienna links.

I did spend a little time looking at doing two nights in Bratislava and then jetting off to somewhere like Berlin or Brussels before getting back to Leeds. The final leg is proving to be difficult or expensive so, at the moment, I’m thinking two full days in Slovakia either side of a rail trip to Vienna.

Ryanair will be the airline again, although the fare is more than double what I paid to get to Malta! I wonder if their constant in flight sales pitch is any softer if you pay more for the ticket?

One minor concern is my eye. I met up with some work colleagues up from London and Cardiff last night and the near freezing temperatures and associated wind gave it real grief. I suspect Slovakia won’t be much warmer!