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Can anyone help me? Romania / Transylvania advice

This might be a long short but I’m in need of advice. Right now I’m not having the greatest time.

I’m in the middle of a trip in Romania, where I spent the first two days in Oradea and am now in Cluj. My idea was to use this as a base to travel around and see Transylvania, however when I get here I’m finding it very hard to secure decent accomodation or advice on where good hikes would be. There’s not really any sort of hostel culture here so I’m stuck going from airbnb’s. It also seems like a lot more of that stuff is centered around Brasov.

The areas I want to see in the Cluj area are Lake Tarnita and Cheile Borzesti, and especially the Apuseni mountains. Are organised tours the best way to see these? Are there any other options?

It seems like I’d be able to get taxis to places, using bolt etc, but how would I be able to get back? Also keen on hearing advice around what I should do in Sibiu and Brasov. Any help would be great, thanks!

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PSA: Renew your passport well in advance

PSA: If you plan to travel in the coming months and your passport is set to expire soon, don’t wait, renew it *now*.

Due to staff shortages and a surge in demand, many countries are experiencing huge delays in issuing or renewing passports.

Here in Canada, for instance, the situation has escalated to something of a crisis, with for crowd control due to long waits and people camping out overnight in front of passport offices. Wait times for non-urgent passport renewals are reportedly upwards of six months. Many other countries including the UK and much of Europe are experiencing a similar crunch.

For US citizens seeking advice on American passports, r/travel has a with good up-to-date information.

Note that many countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6 months past your travel date in order to enter. If your passport is set to expire within the next year, it’s likely a good time to start the renewal process.

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Fifteenth country milestone (for me at least), and it finally happened!

So I went to Panama last week, which was my 15th country visited and I LOST MY PHONE!

I lost it within a few hours of getting there and that threw me off for a bit, more so as my Spanish is no bueno! Had to spend time making reports etc., I couldn’t use apps to meet locals, I had no idea of direction or where I was so I didn’t visit a few places and had to go old school and print out some direction maps at the hotel ha!

Also didn’t go with my laptop and therefore couldn’t access Gmail on the hotel computer since they wanted to text to verify it was me.

As a solo / avid traveler I feel there are a few things that everyone will experience at one time or another, as follows:

1) Lose important item – achieved in country 15

2) Miss a flight / train – achieved in country 8

3) Food poisoning or not agreeing with your stomach – pending

4) Theft / robbery / shakedown – pending

Has any of these things ever happened to you? How did you deal?

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Is there a way of viewing all departures from a train station?

I’m currently interrailing in Europe and I’m trying to find all depatures from a specific station, essentially trying to get the longest distance single train I can find without changes to get towards home, rather than trial and error of searches it would be great if I could see a future departures board of all the places this train station has trains going to.
Sorry if I’ve explained this badly, and if this isn’t the right subreddit to be asking

Edit: I’m in Denmark and getting train to colonge that’s the station I’m hoping to see all depatures from but need to be somewhere in france probably as need to head back to England soon

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Backpacking Party Routes at 30

Hi Everyone,

Love this sub and have got so much great information from it. I appreciate there’s been a lot of age related posts in regard to travel but I was hoping for some recent experiences of people solo travelling in their 30s at what I’d call your typical party locations I.e Thailand Koh Phangan…

For context, I’m turning 30 this year and I’ve decided to pull the plug on my current job and go on a huge round the world trip for a year. Alot of reasons for this and I’d have probably done it sooner had covid not introduced itself.

I’ve done a decent amount of travel before but obviously nothing on this scale and it’s not travel I’d have called backpacking. For this trip, I want to go to the popular backpacking routes such as SE Asia down into Australia/New Zealand.

As I say any experiences you could provide of being in your 30s at full moon parties/party hostels/parties in general would be appreciated! Any recommendations you could drop in for SE Asia would also be appreciated!

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Amsterdam & London or Bucharest & Istanbul?

I’m an 18 year old male going interrailing in a month from Finland by starting in Lyon to see family and then going through Switzerland, Italy, and ending up in Budapest after which I still want to visit / have time for two destinations.

I’ve narrowed down the routes to the following two:

* Budapest -> Amsterdam -> London
* Budapest -> Bucharest -> Istanbul

I would be taking a night train for every leg besides AMS -> LON. The first city I would have 3 days to spend in and 4 days in the second.

I’ve never been to Amsterdam but have been to London. However I would love to visit again to check out universities and enjoy the city solo for the first time. This is the more expensive option but there’s a more clear cut range of activites and sights I’d like to do.

Bucharest and Istanbul are completely new to me. I’m not sure if there’s much to see in Bucharest but it seems like a fun place to check out to bridge the gap to Istanbul, which seems like a fascinating culture shock of a destination for someone who’s never left the northern half of Europe. This option would be cheaper but also less safe for a naive first timer like me.

I’ll appreciate any and all input! Thanks in advance.

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11.5 days in Ireland – Itinerary comments/tips needed!

Hello! I’m taking my first ever trip out of the country to Ireland at the end of October/first week of November and I’m new to solo traveling. I know the days will be shorter and rain might be frequent but that doesn’t bother me. I live in Minnesota where the weather can be 4 seasons in 1 day and it gets down to -20F in the winter!

I’m wondering if this rough draft itinerary is too much to accomplish in my allotted time or rather, will it be too rushed? I’d like to see as much as I can while also being able to soak it all in…contradictory goals, I know. Should I spend more time in any of these areas or skip places for somewhere else? Thanks in advance!!

Day 1: arrive to Dublin at ~11am – Trinity college/Brazen head

Day 2: Travel to Wicklow in A.M. – Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains National Park

Day 3: Wicklow – day trip to Kilkenny?

Day 4: Travel to Killarney

Day 5: Killarney – day trip to Dingle?

Day 6: Killarney – day trip to Cork?

Day 7: Travel to Galway

Day 8: Galway/Cliffs of Moher

Day 9: Galway/Aren Island

Day 10: Galway

Day 11: Travel back to Dublin

Day 12: Northern Ireland Tour , Dublin -Temple Bar area

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Scotland Early September Itinerary Advice

Hello! I’m planning a 10day trip to Scotland for the beginning of September and would love any and all advice. I’m a fairly experienced solo traveller and I’ll be using public transit. I know everyone says to drive in Scotland but I’m wary of driving on the other side of the road and I honestly enjoy getting to know a place through public transit.

I’m hoping to do some hiking, learn about scotland, and drink whiskey of course. I’m always up for any interesting cultural things or good food.

The only things I have booked are my flights and the first two nights in Glasgow. I’m trying to do a mix of main stops but also leave room for things more off the beaten path.

Would folks recommend making Island of Skye its own stop? Someone on here recommended the Rabbie’s isle of skye tour which seemed like a good deal. Are there any particular hikes in these areas you recommend? Is it better to stay in Fort William or Glencoe?

Thanks!

Day 1: Glasgow, arriving in the evening

Day 2: Glasgow

* Explore Glasgow, Mural Trail

Day 3: Oban

* West Highland Line to Oban
* Stop in Arrochar & Tarbet for Loch Lomond cruise

Day 4: Oban

* Ferry to Mull/Iona or other island?

Day 5: Fort William/Glencoe

* Train from Oban
* Hike Pap of Glencoe

Day 6: Fort William/Glencoe

* Ben Nevis? Other hikes?

Day 7: Inverness

* bus to inverness
* Loch Ness

Day 8: Inverness

* Rabbie’s Isle of Skye tour

Day 9: Edinburgh

* train to Edinburgh
* stop in Aviemore or Stirling?

Day 10: Edinburgh

* Explore Edinburgh
* Arthur’s Seat & Castle

Day 11: Edinburgh

* Explore Edinburgh
* Scottish National Museum

Day 12

* Leave Edinburgh early morning

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What’s the situation in Mongolia?

I’m looking to do a tour in Mongolia for about 2 weeks in August. I read some old threads and learned that it’s advisable to do a tour, to find a group of travellers to join for a better price , and hostels were a good way to meet them.

I messaged one tour company and they were not currently operating their hostel, and tours were also paused due to a lack of tourists. So just wondering if anyone has been to Mongolia recently this year and could share their experience of showing up and finding a group to join.

It would be disappointing if I relied on this older advice only to show up to an empty hostel and waste 2 weeks just hanging in Ulaanbaatar, or alternatively spend $2k on a 2 week tour.

I’m not even sure where to find updated information outside of Reddit, so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Solo travelling for 4 months!!

Hi All,

I am currently 26 and recently I quit my job and will be starting a new job in Nov thus I will have 4 months to solo travel. July-Nov

I am trying to decide between SA and SEA.

Countries I will visit if I go to South America:

Colombia – 1 month

Ecuador – 2 weeks

Bolivia – 2 weeks

Peru – 3 weeks

Brazil – 5 weeks

Countries I will visit if I go to SE Asia:

Vietnam – 1 month

Laos – 2 weeks

Cambodia – 2 weeks

Philippines – 1 month

Indonesia – 1 month

I really wanted to travel to India, but I believe it will be super hot and humid then, so I will have to skip it this time!

I am planning on budgeting £35 a day on average, excluding flights whilst also staying in hostels throughout, is this reasonable?

Has anyone done a similar trip? Any tips? Thoughts on travelling solo for a year? Any comments are more than appreciative.

If you have been to both SEA and SA, which one would you recommend doing?

I would really appreciate any tips/recommendations on which of these two continents is better to visit? Or if you think I should visit/see other countries instead?

Thank you,