Although I am going to be writing regular pieces for Aussie Travel Advice, which will soon turn up on my links list and therefore be the best travel website in the world, until then the best website for the kind of travel I like is The Man in Seat 61. Forget about planes and shit like that – especially since the Ice Dragon has made it clear she doesn’t like planes very much – for The Man has all the information you could possibly need on trains and ships, anywhere in the world.

For example, I am planning a trip from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Yalta (Ukraine) and then to Oslo via Warsaw. I could take the crap way and fly, or I could go by ship and rail. Instead of useless websites without vital information, the man in seat 61 lets me know:

a) I can take a ship on the Black Sea from Varna or Istanbul to Odessa, and then on to Yalta.

b) From there it is the longest tram in the world to Simferopol and then train to Kiev, Warsaw and the Baltic port of Swinoujscie.

c) Last leg is a ship from Swinoujscie to Copenhagen and then train, ship and train to Oslo.

And what’s so damn good about it is the legend of how it began: one day back in 2001 The Man bought a discount book on how-to-html – as something read on the train. Now he’s had millions of visitors, has won awards, written a book, is making a TV series, and … can help me get around.

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