RJOnTourUK my travel and tourism blog about places I have visited and also future plans. I focus mainly on what I know and have experienced, that is UK holidays and day trips. But also some interesting trips further afield. I will be shared including tricks for tourists and travellers, including gripes and helpful information.
I write about all aspects of my travels including accommodation, eating out, shops, tourist attractions, activities and the scenery. Each page will be image rich with many photos usually taken on my phone or compact digital camera. Photography is something I need to work on, I mainly point and click lots then choose the best ones at the end of the day, I admire those with the patience to get every shot just right.
I frequently travel throughout the UK, usually for day trips or mini breaks, my preferred method of travel is on train, usually deciding where to go at short notice in an impulsive manner. Train travel allows me to work comfortably usually getting some blogging, photo sorting, social networking or other laptop work done. Trains in the UK allow for stop off’s on route and a chance to stretch your legs and walk without interrupting the journey.
Recently I have started travelling with a dog in tow, British trains allow well behaved dogs on board while on a lead so win win for everyone. Despite the bad press I rarely have problems or get frustrated with the trains and if a minor issue arises, I’m quite pragmatic and see as an opportunity for a pint or bacon sandwich.
The rolling scenery of the UK is great to watch through the windows of the trains. Stroud to Kemble and Exeter to Newton Abbot are 2 of my favourite lines in England, one through the Cotswolds and follows the Stroud Canal and the other is a great trip along the Devon coast line including a tunnel.
Long distant coaches frustrate me so avoid but don’t mind local bus travel, google maps has made this very easy in recent years, before that paper bus timetables had a dedicated pocket in my rucksack.
My most recent trip was a tour of Romania in East Europe, I covered some ground and saw and experienced lots of Romanian culture. I started from Cluj in the north, a vibrant city with a great cafe culture.
Next was a Transylvanian train journey through mountains and beautiful countryside to arrive at Brasov. Some time was exploring and eating out in Brasov including climbing Mount Tampa in the Eastern Carpathian mountains. This happened to be one of my bucket list items. Next was an overnight journey across the country with the final destination being The Danube Delta. Seeing the Danube was also a bucket list entry ticked, it loved up to expectations and more.
I get out and about quite a bit mainly in the South West and Midlands of England. Birmingham and the Forest of Dean will feature heavily in this blog, one due to pleasure and the other relates to work trips. Devon and Cornwall have a big draw for me for short notice trips away. These counties are special especially with my penchant for fishing villages and rugged coast line.
Next Few RJOnTourUK Trips
I have a few trips in mind for the summer and autumn, both in the UK and Europe. The provisional shortlist comprises of;
Gower – Camping in The Gower in West Wales, ideally near to the coast line and travelling by train. Somewhere I have not visited since I was Little RJ.
Forest of Dean – A place I like to do short notice breaks. It does not take me long to pack the tent and bags and get going. The Forest of Dean is a place to relax, explore and recharge in all seasons.
Inter-rail – Christmas has been mentioned to catch the Dutch Flyer Ferry and head to the continent for a few weeks at Christmas. This includes travelling with dog in tow. Quite where I will visit and stay is up in the air but hope to cover lots of ground while sleeping on the overnight trains.
Posts i need to write and sort photos for.
- 2nd trip to Cluj
- Brasov walk
- Brasov visit 2
- Cotswold way from Rodborough to Haresfield Beacon
- Constanta City
- Trip from Tulcea to St George
- St George Village
- Romanian Food