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Methods to Journey to and Via Spain With out Flying

The pandemic might need simply catalyzed a number of lifelong goals of mine. It might not hassle me in any respect not with the ability to take a single aircraft ever once more for a lot of causes, the principle one being its super environmental toll and big carbon emissions of the airline trade and the newest, public well being issues, and the always-increasing security measures and guidelines put in place which might be making us all dread flying. So if you happen to too are involved about this and questioning how you can journey to and thru Spain with out flying whereas protecting your adventures as enjoyable as they are often; this put up is for you.

From micro-adventures to epic expeditions, I can be sharing a number of light-packing journeys round my residence nation I can’t wait to embark on with out taking a single aircraft. With out additional ado, right here’re 5 no-plane journey plans the place each the journey and having a deeper reference to the pure world grow to be an important a part of the journey.

Methods to journey with out flying – 5 No aircraft plans

1. Strolling all over the place and wherever

A second of relaxation whereas mountaineering the Camino between Fisterra and Muxia. Spain, 2019.

Self-explanatory and the simplest human-powered journey to make occur of all of them, a celebration of sluggish journey. Now, the one key to strolling on prime of with the ability to do it, is packing as mild as attainable. And that’s why chances are high – until you take a fancier strolling journey just like the one we just lately did from Finisterre to Muxia the place our luggage had been transferred each day – your again will damage in any other case. 

After strolling a number of stretches of various Caminos, the by way of Francigena, and Riviera dei Fiori in West Liguria amongst different pilgrimage and mountaineering trails in Spain and different European international locations; and more durable routes just like the Annapurna neighborhood trek in Nepal, I really feel like the subsequent route may very well be just about wherever under 3500m of altitude (or above that, till 5000m or so with a bit of coaching in place). If you wish to suggest any explicit routes, you’re most welcome! 

In any other case, essentially the most simple for me could be to select one other Camino. However, I’m based mostly subsequent to the ultimate vacation spot of all of them, Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and arising quickly the primary Holy 12 months since 2010 – Xacobeo 2021/2022 – can be celebrated round right here.

2. Bikepacking a number of Eurovelo routes

Having enjoyable on a fats bike in Sigulda, Latvia. 2019.

The place did my love for bikes – the best creation of recent occasions – go? I used to bike to highschool to make it on time each day, and I’ve solely used it a number of occasions ever since. It’s time to return to my roots and discover a few of the Eurovelo biking community routes since extra distant feats corresponding to crossing the USA by bike may require a aircraft or ship to get began.

The primary one I’d take is the start of the EV1 Atlantic Route from the northernmost coastal spot in Portugal the place it begins – simply an hour and a half away from my base – to Brittany, in France’s northwest coast. 

Many of the route is developed with EuroVelo indicators, though there are a few stretches because it crosses Spain underneath improvement. Exactly between Huelva and Caceres and from La Rioja to Irun, proper earlier than crossing to France. It might be secure to confess I may try to cycle the primary one crossing Extremadura through the shoulder seasons of Spring or Fall to keep away from the extreme warmth this area provides in the midst of Summer time however for certain I’d be skipping the second for now. I’m unsure I’ve what it takes to cross the Pyrenees proper now, particularly if the route is within the planning and underneath improvement phases. 

For a second bikepacking journey, I’d then head to the Baltic Sea Biking Route – Eurovelo route EV10 – that stretches throughout 9 international locations for 9000km alongside the coast. My chosen half this time could be from Saint Petersburg, Russia, within the Gulf of Finland to Gdansk, Poland, on the finish of the Curonian Spit and Gulf of Gdansk stage; passing by means of the Gulf of Rigan and Courland’s Coast. It appears the flattest – learn best – of all of them in this elevation chart, what may go incorrect?.

The latter additionally has some stretches underneath improvement however it might be my second selection as a result of apart from a visit after I was fairly younger to Poland, a one-week keep in Lithuania and a few Latvia – one of the enjoyable international locations in Europe! – journeys, I haven’t explored this a part of Europe a lot and other than a Moscow layover, I’ve by no means been to Russia or Estonia both!

Listed here are some documentaries and flicks about biking tourism I’ll be watching to prepare within the meantime, though the blokes at PCR Gravier summed up a number of key guidelines to country-specific biking adventures in Europe fairly boldly on this quick video:

And we’ve additionally revealed a all through information to backpacking you must examine if biking is in your upcoming plans.

3. Practice hoboing my method to the East

A railway between Galicia (Spain) and Portugal at sundown. Circa 2016.

A latest Fb thread in a travel-driven group introduced again one other long-standing journey want of mine and plenty of recent data on how you can make it occur.

Gotta love a helpful social media group that fuels your passions as an alternative of partaking in limitless nonsense lately! Anyway, it then grew to become clearer to me that I mustn’t wait for much longer to aim one of many largest practice rides on the planet: From Portugal (that I’d be most likely skipping this time) to Russia and from there on the Trans-Siberian railway to Siberia to Mongolia and all the way in which to China the place you’ll be able to cheat and take a ferry from Shanghai to Japan to remain in practice mode – albeit at a really totally different velocity, and better price ticket, than in Russia and Mongolia – for a little bit longer. 

Are you able to think about one thing cooler than spending months in Europe and Asia assembly attention-grabbing individuals whereas always shifting landscapes move by your window, witnessing how church buildings flip into monasteries, tasting unique cuisines, and being free to decide on whether or not you wish to cease for some time someplace or hold going? I can’t.

For the way in which again – thoughts you, I haven’t forgotten concerning the ‘with out planes’ bit – I’d like to take my time and hold coming again to Western Europe to discover a number of international locations I haven’t had an opportunity to up to now. One can dream, so let’s say we throw a practice to Hong Kong after which Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, and some different Silk Route international locations within the lot earlier than getting into Europe once more and slowly however absolutely going again all the way in which to Galicia, residence! 

A multi-modal journey strategy could be wanted to aim this one as buses and different technique of transportation could be required on prime of trains to move by means of a few of them. However I consider it’s completely doable with out flying if well being and time are in your facet. Rome2Rio, Omio, and Seat61 are your pals right here.

4. Tasting the van life

A reminiscence from a Sao Miguel Island – within the Azores, Portugal – street journey we took in 2018.


How did it take me so lengthy to get a style of the acclaimed van life? After a number of makes an attempt all through my late twenties and early thirties, evidently the timing is lastly proper and I’ll be road-tripping Portugal earlier than Fall. Let’s see if the borders are open and each Jose and I can choose up a van within the north, head to some epic locations inland Portugal, and shut the loop of our campervan itinerary from Lisbon to Porto.

Replace: We did it! Learn the monster article we put collectively after the expertise.

Jose taking {a photograph} of the beautiful Montanhas Magicas at sundown. Portugal, 2017.

Combining van life with a number of strategic stays in sustainable and eco-friendly locations corresponding to these Galician treehouses we had a style of some years in the past, would make it even higher. Right here’s an epic itinerary we’d like to go for. 4+ months, 1 van, 2 individuals, 1 ferry, 20+ international locations, and numerous pure spots. For the sake of mapping it out shortly, dots are primarily cities and cities however the concept could be to skip as a lot of these as attainable and persist with coastal and mountain areas. 

If we prefer it sufficient, we’d grow to be one among these {couples} that transfer to a van! Are you able to think about? JK, however it might be cool although.

The busy hour at Phinda recreation reserve, South Africa, 2015.

Sooner or later, as soon as we’ve the van life nailed down, I’d completely like to go on an Africa overland expedition. A ferry service between Spain and Morocco protecting the 17km of the Gibraltar trait opens up an entire new continent to discover with out planes for these based mostly in Southern Europe like us. Nevertheless, it might be as naive because it will get to place it on this checklist as I nonetheless want to determine many issues to make that one occur and I’ve solely been to a few African international locations thus far: as soon as to South Africa and 3 times to Morocco to go to Marrakesh and the Sahara desert in addition to to street journey the Moroccan coast from Rabat to Agadir.

Any Africa consultants on the market? I assume studying Paul Theroux’s Darkish Star Safari – which showcases his Cairo to Cape City journey – may very well be a candy start line to start out studying about this continent. I couldn’t be extra clueless proper now.

Learn extra: 15 Campervan hacks that may change your life

5. Crusing round Europe

Leaving one of many coolest to the top. Recollections of a several-day crusing journey on a 40.5ft crusing boat – the Domina – across the Maltese islands a number of years in the past hold coming again each infrequently, and I can’t wait to embark on the same journey.

My face in these classic footage – god save early GoPro cameras! – says all of it.

The Mediterranean has a number of learn-to-sail venues and heat waters all 12 months spherical, however to be sincere, I’d try coast crusing different European routes – with an skilled crew – anytime. Then again, as interesting as they could appear, crossing the Atlantic Ocean by sailboat or crusing the world over (each fairly respectful of the oceans) are goals I higher go away for the true adventurers on the market for now.


Do you’ve got every other no-plane-required adventures in thoughts? If that’s the case, I’d be without end grateful if you happen to may ship me an e-mail to aworldtotravel @ gmail . com and let me know extra about them. Right here at A World to Journey we’re at all times looking out for cool, distinctive, and sustainable methods of having fun with our treasured planet. Thanks very a lot!

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