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The Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour: Mission Accomplished

Last Updated on March 28, 2018.

This round-up of The Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour is coming a bit late and my apologies for that. To be 100% honest, I was dealing with a travel burnout and in need of lots of sleep by the end of it all which I kind of expected since I was attempting to cover more ground in one month than I ever had before. Better to burn out than to fade away though, said Neil Young.

Now that I am rested, recovered and ready to go again, it’s time to break things down and put them into perspective since a Facebook photo album here and an Instagram post there could never really express the depth or distances traveled on this particular tour. A map can’t really either, but let’s just start off with one anyway.

Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour

If you’re more of a visual person, you may want to take a look at the detailed and interactive version of my final route. For those into numerics, total distance covered was approximately 7179 kilometers/4,461 miles between 14 different countries and 23 cities within 40 days. I made purchases in 8 different currencies and said hello in probably 11 different languages.  At my highest, I was around 1,900 meters/6,233 feet above sea level atop Mt. Vogel and at my lowest, 0,chilling on the Adriatic Sea.

I rode around mostly on trains, but also some buses, cars, three ferries and one plane. I stayed in hostels, hotels, apartments and houses. I met up with and made some friends in a few places, but for the most part traveled on my own except to and through Montenegro.

Blonde Gypsy train

Although I made an announcement about the start of this tour while I was in The Netherlands, I had actually started traveling on my Eurail pass a week prior as I made my way down from Sweden and Denmark to Germany where I spent a few days visiting friends and recharging after my big trip through Finland. I visited four out of five new countries I had hoped to (Montenegro, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Belgium) and while I could have pushed for the fifth one, BulgariaI was already exhausted by the last week and the Adriatic Coast turned out to be just too damn beautiful for me to leave. Other stops made included Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina – all of which I had been to before but were in some way or another strategic. I also made it a point to stay in cities where I hadn’t been which gave me a chance to see some of these countries in a different light.

I used all 15 days of my two-month Global Pass in the end and even though I know bigger and faster trips have been taken, I’d say my mission of getting the most out of it in a shorter amount of time was accomplished. This wasn’t just done by covering as much distance as I could (without going insane), but also by being as spontaneous as I could because ultimately I think that was one of the biggest advantages of traveling with a flexible rail pass. I don’t think I ever knew which day I was going to leave each country when I first entered, except in Belgium, Luxembourg and Serbia, and that feeling was wild. Right up any gypsy’s alley for sure and that it all worked out without much planning? Pretty amazing.

Blonde Gypsy Ljubljana Train Station

Even with a geographic and numerical breakdown, I still don’t think the depth of this trip is clear and it probably won’t be until I get all the blog posts up I intend to on it. But even then…

This was perhaps the most intense trip I have ever taken and though I still prefer traveling slow and will probably not be doing anything like this again soon, at least not in such a short amount of time, there is definitely something to be said about the thrill of trainsetting through Europe. Could be the only place in the world where traveling between several different countries in the same day is possible – not only possible, but common. This is one of the main reasons why I love it so and know it won’t be long before I am back for more.

Our passion are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes. – Goethe

Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour with Eurail

Another heartfelt thanks to for providing me with the opportunity to trainset through Europe like never before. Part of this mission was also an experiment in extensive solo train travel on which I will be publishing an article shortly so keep your eyes peeled. More imagery from the tour also coming your way soon. 




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    June 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Nice work Gypo, epic journey.

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      June 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Truly. It definitely would not have been as great without you guys so big thanks to you and Phil as well :)

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    June 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Well played on such an ambitious tour and looking forward to reading more about it.

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      June 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you! You’ll be reading more about it on here for sure but I’ll save the ones that are best told over a beverage on a patio for the next time I see you.

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    June 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    That is a very fast paced trip, wow! Well done for making it happen and for fitting in so many countries & cities.
    I’m not a fast traveler usually, I like taking things slowly, but I wouldn’t mind challenge myself like you successfully did.
    Looking forward to read more about it.

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      June 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Franca! Yeah, it was definitely not what I have been used to but always fun to change it up a bit. I’d love to do it again if I could spend the entire two month period instead of just a little over one. That was my doing though as I had to be back in the States by mid-June.

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    Adam Ross
    June 24, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Hi Larissa, that was some epic tour. I wish i could this kind of series of trips too.

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      June 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Definitely epic

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    June 27, 2013 at 9:50 am

    How long was the longest stay you had in one country? I do enjoy exploring the place I’m visiting than just like passing by it, though I understand that you have goal to fulfill. What’s important is, you enjoyed the whole trip.. and wow, that was such a blast!

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      June 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      A week in Montenegro was the longest and usually the minimum I like to stay in one country, but it was definitely a fun challenge.

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    July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Larissa!

    I have been researching/planning my euro trip with my bf for over a month now. I have been to London and Sweden many times, so now I want to visit places I haven’t been to. We are visiting the Netherlands, France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

    Could you please help me with what transportation option we should use? We have one month and almost 12 destinations. Eurail options have really confused me, and this would REALLY help.


    Btw, your portugal blog helped me pick where we want to go!

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      August 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Great, happy to hear you’re going to Portugal – it’s definitely my favorite country in Western Europe. As for transportation options, it’s hard to say as it solely depends on how long you want to stay in each place. I think you may be on a train the entire time if you get a Global Eurail pass as getting from just Portugal to Greece will take quite a bit of time. Maybe you just want to consider getting a Select Pass through some of the countries you intend on making more stops and then search for cheap flights to the destinations that are further away. Eurail passes can save a great deal of money, but you really won’t know how much unless you go through and price how much you would pay for each individual train journey and add them all up. The only advice I have for figuring out which one you should use is to do that. Write down all the trips between cities you intend on taking and then see how much flights cost between them using a site like Skyscanner and how much train trips cost on the rail websites. May take some time, but it’s the only way to really know – get costs and the travel times for all the different options.

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    February 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Hey Larissa! You’re amazing!

    I’ve got 6 weeks before settling in Copenhagen for study exchange and I’ve having so much trouble deciding whether to start in Spain and go up the west side of Europe (hitting the biggest tourist hotspots- portugal, France, Italy, the UK), or start in Greece and go up the east side (through the Balkans, and eventually Prague, Krakow, and Berlin- visualise a spiky semi-circle). I don’t want to feel like I’ve come all the way to europe from Australia only to miss the biggest attractions, but at the same time I like exploring sights and sounds and finding real gems that most people haven’t seen yet. I’ve done brazil and argentina and i looooved it!! What has been your favourite few countries and why! I’d love to hear your opinion x

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      February 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you :) And I totally get your predicament…that’s a tough one for a first timer and one I never had to deal with because long, long ago I hit up all the main tourist hotspots first before moving east. Any chance you can do some travels on the weekend from Copenhagen? Lots of flights going from there so in that case you can plan to visit some of the places you missed during your exchange. Personally, I just love the east and exploring less-trodden places more which you will find a lot of in the Balkans. This is a hard question to answer! At the end of the day, just go wherever you hear is calling you the loudest I suppose – whichever path you choose, I guarantee you will not regret it and it will only encourage you to come back for more. Europe’s not going anywhere :)

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