just wanted to ask for advise. i have never been travelling before and have my heart set on going this year, due to college and work commitments my only time is october. i plan to go to hungary, poland, czech republic and croatia. is this too late in the year do you think? also i was planning to fly to and from prague. does anyone have any advice or ideas. all appreciated, as like i said, im totally new to this. thanks
I went to Prague and Krakow last October. It is getting a bit late in the year but there are some advantages. It is far less crowded (Prague was busy enough in Oct I cannot imagine the summer). Every hostel we stayed in we booked 6-8 bed dorms but we had the rooms to ourselves. It can get cold and rainy. It never poured but it drizzled a bit in Poland. Bring a jacket style raincoat for sure and a couple a sweaters. Think layers. I would even suggest to bring a light pair of gloves. It could really keep you warm if you have early mornings and late nights. In the middle of the day when the sun came out it was quite pleasant. Croatia should be warmer. I went to Lake Como, Northern Italy at the end of Oct the year before and the weather was wonderful. The weather should be similar in Croatia
It is not too late weather-wise. Early October can have some warm sunshine, similar to the "Indian summer" in the USA and good for hiking in the woods. But it can also be cold and rainy - very hard to tell.
Your profile doesn't say where you are from, it would be helpful if I knew where you would be flying in from. Budapest has cheap flights to Berlin and London. And if you are from overseas it could be better to fly into Frankfurt.