Solo Travel

When you make that decision to go on a solo travel adventure, it can be a daunting journey to feeling confident and booking up your trip. At Get Jaunty, we know a lot about exploring on your own. Read my posts below on interrailing through Europe alone, coping with homesickness and becoming a pro at directions.

Most people would say that travelling alone is one of the best experiences you can have in life, but it’s worth taking the time to research, plan and consider it properly before committing.

A good place to start would be reading my review of two months travelling alone through Europe – read it here.

72 Hours Visiting Sofia, Bulgaria
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72 Hours Visiting Sofia, Bulgaria

After booking an extra night in Sofia, it became my longest stay in one location since Norway, the maiden destination of my summer jaunt. I’d heard a lot from fellow inter-railers about how Sofia wasn’t ‘authentic’ and that there ‘wasn’t much to do’. The use of the term ‘authentic’ almost infuriates me. What does that even mean? Sofia is a modern capital, authentically, and there was so much to do it took me three days to do maybe half of it (I ambled in the heat).

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My Walking Tour of Veliko Tarnovo
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My Walking Tour of Veliko Tarnovo

My first stop in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, featured in my top five places to see in Europe, a fact I forgot when I arrived in a ‘travel grump’ and immediately felt like I wanted to leave. At the train station I had to dodge weird men who did not own a taxi, and when I got into an actual taxi, I was told that Bulgarians are bad people and that the EU only benefits Germany and France. Then at the hostel, it was like a hippie commune! Jaunty rating, 0.

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Two Week Milestone: Day Train from Romania to Bulgaria
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Two Week Milestone: Day Train from Romania to Bulgaria

Currently sat on the train from Romania to Bulgaria, I’ve come back from spending half an hour with my head facing out the corridor window in a dog-like fashion. Watching Romania speed by is a pleasure and I can’t help but think I’m doing exactly what I should be doing, and am exactly where I should be. In some ways, I’m already starting to regret the end of this trip as it’s going by so quickly!

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A Terrifying Translyvanian Tour
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A Terrifying Translyvanian Tour

OK, so it wasn’t actually terrifying but it was ‘terrific’. On my second day in Brasov I opted for a private tour of the surrounding areas, visiting the famous Bram’s Castle (home of Dracula), the Citadel used to protect Rasov during medieval times and the Royal Palace of Sinaia.

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A Historic Visit to Brasov
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A Historic Visit to Brasov

As I leave Brasov on the train to Bucharest (brief stopover before Bulgaria this evening), I feel sad to say goodbye as it’s been an incredible two days. It really is a beautiful city set along the base of the Tampas Mountains, offering stunning scenery that looks heavenly in the evening sunshine.

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