Aren’t you afraid? I can’t count the number of times I was asked this during the six weeks I spent travelling by myself.
The first 45 days was with a small group of 7 travellers and a terrific young guide.
The 2nd part was my DIY 6 week trip around parts of the Balkans by train. I had a timetable, knowledge of the trains and hotel bookings. It was interesting, I felt safe, met lots of great people and it all went very well.
Going solo seems to create a lot of interest. One very interesting website is wanderinghart.net/travelling-solo
Wanderinghart, who is on an 8 month trip, raises many interesting points which resonated with me. This is certainly worth a read.
Like Wanderinghart for me it was always about the journey. Continue reading
One of the joys of this trip has been the people I have met along the way.
Tour group dressed to enter the Holy Shrine in Mushad, Iran
First of course there were those on the tour from Beijing to Istanbul, 6 women and one man from Australia, all of a certain age but from variety of backgrounds and a very wide range of social and political views. Our guide was a young Russian woman who had grown up in Kyrgyzstan because her grandparents had been sent there as part of Stalin’s gulag. Continue reading
Bran Castle known as Dracula’s Castle
I had no inclination to visit Romania. But I was to end my tour in Istanbul and I wanted to go to Budapest by train so why not stop in Romania.
I am so glad I did. I had very positive experiences.
Memorial to 1989 Revolution
I like travelling by train, I like the fact that trains are on the ground, you can see what you are what you are passing, you can move around, the seats have leg room , you don’t need to go through the hoops of airport security where your toothpaste or water can be tossed in the bin and trains go very often from the centre of cities.
I have had enjoyable, generally comfortable and interesting trips by train in Europe.