I have vaguely thought of visiting the Baltic countries and/or Belarus. My underlying motivation is, I have ancestors who were Jewish who were from Kovno (Kaunas) in Lithuania, Lyutsin (Ludza) in Latvia, and Minsk and Pinsk in Belarus; my last name is/was the German/ Yiddish name a rural parish in eastern Latvia. Not much to see there. My vague guess is, I would visit Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, just because they are there and because these places have museums and sites. Ludza has the remains of a castle, and a small brick building that used to be a synagogue.
I don’t have much of a real question (yet) and I have no clue what I am talking about yet. Manly: Is the above a good enough excuse to travel somewhere?
I could be convinced otherwise but: I don’t like the idea of going around with a private guide. I prefer to travel unguided, or mostly unguided with one or more walking tours (I wouldn’t care if the guide had the group get on some kind of public or private transportation but so far that is not something guides have done, in my experience. I have only ever done walking tours).
I am thinking that Belarus would require a separate trip but I could be wrong, and I understand that it is difficult to get into the country.
Edit: if this matters, I already took solo trips to Canada, England, Italy, and Greece. I already went to Vilnius, for a class, over 11 years ago, but I didn’t do sightseeing, I don’t consider the trip part of my travel experience because I was there for a class, and now I doubt whether the class was a good use of money.