Transport – How to efficiently plan solo trips with so many unknowns?

That's awfully wide, but I suggest you try a different way of thinking. Instead of "I'd like to drive the week of January 15th," followed by "Oh god, I did not plan my ski trip" and intensify panic panic until you get "too late," try the other way round.

List some things you like to do. Examine some of them more closely. Do not ask people to recommend places or places. Just like here it is too opinionated. Instead, think about what you care about: cheap transportation from the airport, great views, food, quality of skiing, how busy it is at any given time of the year, and so on. Explore these specific things. Ask friends about these specific things. Heck, ask here. Not "What is the best X in Y?" but "is X full in January?" "How much does it cost to get from the airport to X?" and so on.

Plans are starting to develop. You will begin to feel that a particular place is calling you. For skiing, food, the picturesque train ride, whatever. Now you can assign a date to this plan to your plan. Not before that point. Now you can look at the prices and find out how to book and how to do it. You know how many days this place needs. You know your options to get there. You know the cost of hotels and access to things. Half of the work is done, maybe more. There is no need to panic.

If you get to this point and it is only a few weeks to your allocated vacation time, then this vacation will not be the trip. This holiday will be a little easier and easier, maybe you did that earlier. The next vacation will be this trip calling you. After all, there is always a next vacation.

I often spend a year planning a trip. A journey on a 26-part 11-island island took two years. I enjoyed every minute. Dream of the volcano, the beaches, the walks, the museums. Make a list of the things we would see and do. The reality was even better, but dreaming was a big part of it. If you stop looking at this stage of dreaming and planning as painful, but as part of the joy of traveling, you will better plan it and Have fun planning and traveling.

Road Trips – How do you experience driving in Thailand?

I did. A few years ago. Also in Phuket. Driving in Phuket is like any other place in Southeast Asia: you drive with you. You should not want to drive too fast, keep an eye on the road at all times. Expect motorcycles everywhere. Do not expect people to always use their indicators and look for crossings. If you have never ridden left, it will be a challenge. Not a good country to try for the first time.

Nevertheless, accidents happen. Not often so serious. Small scratches on cars and motorcycles. If you are one of them and you are a tourist, you will definitely pay at the end (regardless of the insurance). If you are aware of it and agree with it, make it easy and enjoy it! If you are not relaxed, please note that motorists in Southeast Asia are usually cheap. Renting a car is rarely the cheapest option.

usa – Do B1 / B2 holders need to complete additional forms on their future trips to the States?

I am a Turkish citizen living in Spain. I have a 10-year B1 / B2 visa that I received two years ago to attend a conference in the US. Soon I will travel to the States for another conference (again from Spain).

I wonder if I have to fill out some forms. I hope I am good with my current visa. My pass will expire in two years.

Thanks for your help!

europe – Where can I get information about freighter trips?

There are several agents who sell freighter trips. Some of them promote one-way streets, but even if they do not, you can always ask. In any case, you need to contact them, explain your needs and see if they can find a ship for you. When you are ready to book, you will need a payment and some paperwork (usually a medical form). It's not like a cruise ship with a fixed schedule or a flight that you can book online in minutes.

Here are some of these agents:

  • Maris Freighter Cruise is based in the USA. I have not seen any US-Europe cruise on their website, but I'm sure she could arrange one for you.
  • Captain Zylmann is based in Germany and lists a ship in which you can book a cabin from New York to Bremerhaven or Rotterdam.
  • Langsamreisen.de is also based in Germany and offers trips from New York to Spain or Italy.
  • The Cruise People is based in the UK and offers something that I have not seen in other agents' brochures / websites: tramp travel with a bulk carrier (the other trips are on container ships). "Tramp travel" means knowing that the ship will take you to a location in Europe or North Africa, but you do not know exactly where you are. They book a cabin and know that they are flying from the Great Lakes region to Europe.