Summer 2013, I moved to Laos over a period of 8 weeks like this. I wanted to go the entire way overland, but in Beijing I hit a wall and just couldn't do a 36 hour train ride followed by a 36 hour bus ride, so I took a plane to Bangkok before returning to rail travel. Real posts on these will... actually, you know what? I'm not even going to promise what I was going to promise. Let's just stick with a list and a map and see where we land.

Leg One: Balkans and Baltic (+Poland) Backpacking, all via bus unless noted-

* Budva, Montenegro (this was an unexpected detour on the way to Bosnia, not pictured)

*Mostar, Bosnia and Sarajevo, Bosnia

*Belgrade, Serbia 

*Budapest, Hungary (by train from Belgrade)

*Krakow, Poland (by overnight train from Budapest)

*Parnu, Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia, and Kuressaare (on Saaremaa Island)

Leg Two: Transmongolian railroad (a huge bucket list item since it was part of my goal to circumnavigate the world without a plane)

*St. Petersburg, Russia, overnight train to Moscow, Russia, four days on the train to Irkutsk, Russia

*Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and surrounding areas for camping

*Beijing, China, where the rail journey ended

Leg Three: Screw It, Get on a Plane

*Beijing to Bangkok

*Nong Khai (by overnight train from Bangkok)

*Vientiane, Laos


Summer 2012, I took a little over a month to move to Albania without a plane like this, with stops in all the following places to travel and sight see and be a big ol' tourist. Here are three maps, with details on the stops. 

Leg One: Amtrak from Denver, Colorado to New York

Leg Two: The Queen Mary ocean liner from New York to Southampton (the Transatlantic passage was a big bucket list item for me, because it was part of my larger goal to circumnavigate the world without a plane)

Leg Three: 

*Train from Southampton to London

*Train through the chunnel from London to Paris

*Train from Paris to Nice

*Train from Nice to Venice

*Train from Venice to Florence

*Day trip by bus to Cinque Terre (I will go back to hike the entire length of the trail, for certain)

*Back to Florence to catch a train all the way down to Bari

*Overnight ferry on a super sketch floating casino from Bari to Durres for my first sight of Albania

*"Taxi" from Durres to Tirana (I say "taxi" because I just negotiated with a random dude at the ferry terminal and he drove us in his car. I didn't speak Albanian, he didn't speak English, so he asked me, in Italian, if I spoke Italian. I spoke back, in Spanish, that I spoke a little Spanish. "Es igual" he said with a shrug, and we worked it out in Spanish and Italian and understood each other)

And here is one of those generic countries visited maps, just to put it all together.

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