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Not all who wander are lost -
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30 June 2021

The Safety of COVID-19 Vaccinations—We Should Rethink the Policy

“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”  

Arthur C Clarke

Not surprising if they were considering our world's leaders!

 

It seems appropriate to quote from the poet, Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (also known as Jean Paul):
Die Erinnerung ist das einzige Paradies, aus welchem wir nicht getrieben werden können.

"Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven"

If we ever get to travel again, capture the wonderful memories of those places you visit;
take photographs and write a diary, or even a blog, to help you remember those places and the people you meet on your travels.

On a more humerous note, by Katharine Hepburn.“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
Enjoy your travelling whenever (if) we are able to do so again.

As an American friend once said to me whilst I was in the Philippines
"Well Al, you may not have any money but you have a million dollars worth of memories".

How right he was - and those memories often come back to life when I view my photographs and read my diaries.

 

When you're touring please do stop awhile and take in what you see around you. As Simon Barnes (Journalist) said:
“We have a terrible fear that if we stop for a moment we will miss something. The exact opposite is true.”.

and remember:

The beauty of touring on a bicycle is being able to visit places you’d never otherwise see
and a chance to learn so many things you'd never have otherwise known about.

 

 

On this page I will be sharing with you some of the routes I've been planning to tour whilst incarcerated during the Covid pandemic lock-down period. I know this is a bit late in the day being many months after the first lock-down started, but who could have foreseen that this pandemic could have taken so long to get under control - or are the powers that be just controlling us? That's another story altogether. There will also be some tours described, usually in blog form, that I have already toured, as well as some bicycle tours. Touring on a bicycle has got to be the best way of seeing a country.

Some tours will be shown as starting from the port of Calais, France, as this is the most commonly used port in Europe when travelling to or from the UK. As I don't know your starting point, you will have to add this distance to the route I describe.

Many tourists / travellers seem to be stuck with the Big Three destination countries, these being Spain, France and Italy, with USA fourth*. It's interesting to see that Austria and Croatia, for example, don't even make it into the top 20 in the list of tourist destinations (refer to graph at bottom of this page). For this reason, the main concept of the routes on this website is to inspire you (and me!) to see places you may not have previously considered visiting - to give you ideas of where to travel if we ever get back to some sort of normality after this dreadful period of touring inactivity. Being principally about ideas, the routes will contain many omissions of detail - you can 'fill in the blanks'. Of course, none of these tours will include all the places of interest along the route. Even many famous places may well be omitted from a particular route but you can include or exclude as many places as you like - and design your own route. In fact, if you have a favourite route you'd like to add to these pages, please send me the details for inclusion. I will also be adding as many links as possible to pages that cover the main places of interest along the routes I describe. I will do my best to cover many places of interest that are off the usual tourist trail - especially in the Big Three. Many tourist destinations are over-rated, over-priced and over-crowded so I will try to direct you to alternative places that are just as interesting, if not more so, and less crowded, therefore a large part of this website will focus on the countries of Eastern Europe and parts of Asia.

For many, time will be the limiting factor. Isn't that sad? Sadly, I cannot design routes for every person's availability of time; all I can do is present my own ideas, not all of which may be to your liking - or time frame. I'd just like to add that I too haven't travelled along most of these routes so, for me too, they are just ideas for the future. Any advice about these routes would be most welcome if you've already travelled along some of these roads yourself. On the topic of time please do remember that your time in the EU / Schengen Zone countries is restricted to 90 days in any (rolling) 180-day period! Click on the Getting Out! button below for further information.

Some of the tours will have 'themes', others not. Most 'theme' tours may well digress into other directions - this is much of the fun of touring where you just 'follow your nose'.

This site is in a constant state of being work in progress as there is no time that it will ever be completed as there will always be information to add or change and new tours to be added as there are more places to visit than could ever be achived in a lifetime of travelling.

Please remember when you're touring that there is no such thing as 'being lost'. You're just exploring where you happen to be.

As Lao Tzu stated: "A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving". Sadly for us in modern times we have far too many restrictions placed upon us that prevent us from following his ideal.

An introduction to this website.

Many of these tours are fairly long so take time out to enjoy them!

 
 

Click on the button above to read some cautionary notes.

 
 

 

If you haven't won the lottery and need a campervan, here are a couple of money-saving ideas:

 
   
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These links may help you:

 
   
   
 

 

* Source (2018 figures) ©: https://www.finder.com/uk/outbound-tourism-statistics#:~:text=than%20in%202018.-,What%20are%20the%20UK%27s%20top%20travel%20destinations%3F,number%2C%20at%205.11%20million%20visitors

I'm showing the graph for 2018 as that is that last year of 'normal' tourism before the pandemic crippled the tourist industry and the worldwide economy.

 
 
 
 

 

 
     
     

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