Taking my time to amble through the world in search of slow travel adventures

My Grand European Adventure

My Grand European Adventure

Two weeks ago, I got on a plane and flew to Europe. Usually, two weeks into a trip I’d be starting to think about home and be feeling a little blue that the trip was coming to an end.

Not this time.

This time two weeks is still just the very start of my trip. This time I get to stay in Europe until the end of October.

I never did the backpacking around Europe or Asia thing when I was in my teens or just graduated. I went from high school to university to work. And I don’t think I would have it any other way. I got to travel a lot during those years, integrating my travels with the rest of my life. I never felt I was missing out because, quite simply, I wasn’t.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t long for more time in each destination, didn’t dream of going places and doing things I couldn’t fit into my usual two to three week visit.

Earlier this year I started thinking about making a job change for a variety of reasons. Whenever I’ve done this in the past I’ve taken a little time off. But why not, a little voice said, take a bit longer? With no children, partner or mortgage, when is it ever going to be easier for me to travel?

Never. The answer is clearly never.

So here I am. And here I shall be until the end of October. I have lots of adventures planned and, as you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram, some pretty amazing adventures already completed in the first two weeks.

Here are just a few of the things I’ll be doing:

  • Living with an Italian family in Northern Tuscany while learning Italian
  • Hiking my way through the Black Forest and Bavaria
  • Eating as much as I possibly can in Bologna
  • Using Krak√≥w as a base to explore that region of Poland
  • Visiting family in Prague
  • Relaxing in a Moravian spa town
  • Gliding along the canals of Venice
  • Revisiting the town that made me fall in love with Italy

The trip is off to a fantastic start and I can’t wait to share my adventures with you as I go along!



  • David Nolan

    You are most welcome to this side of the Atlantic. Have a fantastic trip.

    • AmblingClaire

      Thanks, David!

  • Emgee Aragon

    Have a grand ole time!

    • AmblingClaire

      Thanks! It is off to a great start.