My Epic Solo Adventure – November Update

My Epic Solo Adventure November Update“If we truly want to know the secret of soulful travel, we need to believe that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey.” ~ The Art of Pilgrimage

Another month bites the dust! With six months to go I’ve really eased into the planning process, with frantic days behind me and I’m sure ahead of me, I’m just allowing myself to enjoy the planning without the stress of what I need to do, what I should do and I also need to sleep.  With that said, this November Update has some exciting news!

October was a busy month, full of writing, reading, getting in a few more hikes before the snow fell (which sadly happened Halloween night), and more decisions.  I’m thrilled to say I’ve done my first interview with Eat Sleep Breathe Travel for her We Go Solo series, where I discussed why I started travelling solo and my advice to others who want to.  I’ve also made a couple of small changes to my England portion, I’ve axed Gloucester and have decided, instead of traveling and stay in every city, I will be using Bristol as a base and taking day trips to Bath and Glastonbury from there.  I had originally chosen two stops in France, Paris and Lyon, but have added Avignon now to enjoy a little small town charm as well as to break up the long train ride from Lyon to Cinque Terre.

travel guide books for EuropeI’ve been researching like mad this past month, devouring guide books specializing in one country to Lonely Planet’s Europe on a Shoestring, as well as reading travel blogs that have great posts on some of the specific cities I’m visiting, like Tripper for posts on Lisbon and Travel Notes & Beyond for posts on Romania.  As a solo traveller I can’t stress how important it is to do your research, to get to know what you’re getting into, learn about what places are safe and which you should be cautious of, as well as customs you should be aware of.

With all the researching I’ve decided to add a little fun to my updates with showcasing 5 things I must do or see on my Epic Solo Adventure! This month, in the theme of Halloween just passing, my 5 things I MUST do or see are a tad macabre.

Sedlec Ossuary

via Wikipedia

1. Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora near Prague
2. The Catacombs in Paris
3. Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris
4. Take a ghost walk tour in historic York
5. Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

Along with researching the places I’ll be visiting I’ve also been looking into the best travel routes between each city. Is it better (faster, cheaper, less hassle) to fly, take a bus or travel by train?  While initially I was hoping to do much more train travel – my favourite mode of transport – I’ve decided , mostly due to time, that Ill be taking more flights this time, which for long hauls like between Venice and Athens I’d be saving a day of travel and is sometimes more affordable.  With that said I’ll still be taking a few train rides, mostly through France and Italy and I’ve even decided to try the Megabus for a few destinations, like while in England and from Brussels to Paris.  How can you say no to £1 per ride?!

Have you taken the Megabus? What did you think?

As for that exciting news you’ve been waiting for…

I’m thrilled to say I have two sponsored stays so far for my Epic Solo Adventure!  The first is dear to my heart as it will be at one of the icons of wildlife conservation’s old manor, the Durrell Wildlife Park, located on The Channel Islands an archipelago in the English Channel.  The Durrell Wildlife Park is a world renown zoo thanks to the brilliant work of Gerald Durrell who with a passion for saving endangered species and education created a haven for wildlife and students of conservation.  As a zoo aficionado (see Lady of the Zoos) and passionate animal lover, Gerald Durrell has been an idol of mine for years and I am honoured to be staying on site at his old manor house (now turned hostel/homestay for travelling students) while I explore the zoo and island.

La Francesca Resort

La Francesca Resort

The second is just as exciting as its in one of my favourite countries, Italy.  The Francesca Resort, located in picturesque Cinque Terre, will be hosting me for my first visit to the region.  Why am I excited to stay here?  First off I’m sure I’ll be needing the break from city life after a month of travel and this remote resort located close to Cinque Terre National Park is the perfect excuse to relax, unwind, recharge and breathe in the coastal views.  I’m also excited to explore the region’s hiking trails that link Cinque Terre’s five villages as well as simply soak in the natural surroundings and great views.  To check out special offers on stays click here.

I must say I’m proud to call myself a travel blogger and to be a part of such a great community.  What better way to inspire others to not only travel but to follow their passion and create the best life, each and every day, anything is possible!

Stephanie

I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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6 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    So exciting! I’ve been to 1,2, and 5 on your list- and they are all awesome! Thanks for being a part of my series btw 🙂

  2. Vanya says:

    Hi Stephanie, this sounds like a lot of research to do, but also sounds super exciting! How do you organize all the info you gather?

    We’re working on a tool to help people organize all their trip-related info in one place. Our goal is to reduce the hassle of planning (but keep the fun part of discovery) by bringing together some of the best tools out there – Rome2Rio, Expedia searches, offline maps, etc – into a single workflow. We’re still in beta but would love your thoughts on how we could make this useful to globetrotters like you and your readers.

    I started by collecting your halloween-inspired places: http://ow.ly/DY1qZ

    Hope you find it useful, and would appreciate any feedback!

    • I’m a pen to paper kind of gal and start by organizing my notes in a binder and then for notes to reference while travelling I use Evernote. But I’ll definitely be looking into what you’ve got going on and will let you know my thoughts. At first glance it looks interesting. Good luck!

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