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1. Posted by Steffi Kay (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I’m new. My name is Stefanie, nick name Steffi. I love to travel, generally alone. At first travelling alone was daunting, but after 10 years, I love the free Feeling, having to make no compromises and doing what I want. Most of my friends are more interested in relaxing on the beach or visiting cities and historical sights. Therefore we are just not compatible in travelling, except if we all make many compromises. I love nature (underwater and above water), Therefore I like hiking and snorkelling.

What started as a necessary now is part of my life! I meet a lot of people in hostels and B&Bs. For me that is enough. I also like reading and enjoying the quite in the nature. Perhaps I’m strange, but I don’t need people around me 24/7. I love meeting new people and lucky for me it’s easy to meet new people, when you travel alone.

I hope to meet some new people here as well.

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1520 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi Steffi. Welcome to TravellersPoint. I just looked through all your photos. You've covered the Caribbean very nicely. What beautiful pictures. You seem to be a waterfall specialist. I've only been to the DR and Haiti so all your pictures were new to me. I have seen all your Ireland places though and love them.

Great photos. I hope you enjoy your time here on TravellersPoint. BTW, have you considered traveling to nearby France? They have wonderful hiking paths and lots of lovely National Parks. Some of the Regional Parks are pretty spectacular too. Just a thought . . .

3. Posted by Steffi Kay (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thank you. I'm searching for a new hiking ground in Europe. France is a good starting point.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1314 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The UK has some of the best long-distance footpaths in Europe, all with magnificent scenery (and lots with waterfalls!).

The Coast-to-Coast:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coast_to_Coast_Walk

Hadrian's Wall:

https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/hadrians-wall-path/

The Pennine Way:

https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/pennine-way/route/

Loads more here: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/

Scotland: https://www.scotlandsgreattrails.com/ and https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/long-distance-routes.shtml

Wales: https://www.visitwales.com/things-do/adventure-and-activities/walking/national-walking-trails-wales

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jun-2020, 16:29 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1520 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Here is the Grandes Randonées footpath site for France. This is in English but I'm sure there is a French and German version of it if you find the little flag at the top.
https://www.gr-infos.com/gr-en.htm

Here is one of my favorite walking web sites. It's an Australian couple who for years have been taking a walking holiday in France and have documented it. It offers routes, reasons and all sorts of hints for successful hiking and camping in France. It is only in English.
https://walkinginfrance.info/

Another good web site for walking (or just traveling) in France is:
https://about-france.com/tourism/long-distance-footpaths.htm

Here is a site that gives you top trails (in their opinion of course). However, in addition if you scroll down, it gives you information on National Parks and the different regions and "cities" that are not your typical French cities. https://www.alltrails.com/france

BTW, my two favorite French parks are the Mercantour and the Pyrénées National Parks. Both in the mountains so if you don't like mountains, that wouldn't work. They are spectacular if you do like mountains. The flowers and wildlife are incredible . . . not to mention the views.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jun-2020, 18:00 GMT by Beausoleil ]

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2015 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi Steffi. I'm a hiker too.

You've already received a suggestion of the Coast to Coast walk, it's probably the best walk in England, and I recall it was once voted (in a poll of walking magazine journalists) the 2nd best walk in the world, after the Milford Track in NZ.

I'd personally give the Pennine Way a miss as it's a real bog trot.

In Scotland I recommend the West Highland Way for its scenery, and the Southern Upland Way for its solitude.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1520 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

All topo-guides for the Grandes Randonées can be bought online from the FFRP boutique at https://boutique.ffrandonnee.fr/topoguides

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1623 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi Steffi. I love the water too. We have a sailboat and we traveled on our boat. I prefer SCUBA diving to snorkeling, but I probably can't dive anymore. I was able to snorkel in Bonaire in 2013. Back in the day I did some diving in Belize (1998) and the Virgin Islands (1997).

I'm not so much of a hiker although when I was younger and we lived in California (early 1960s) I took the children hiking from an early age. I've seen some of the waterfalls in Dominica, but not as many as you have because by the time I got there I wasn't walking very well. We did spend a week In Barbados in 1999 and visited many of the sites you have photographed.

I think the last time I traveled mostly alone (when it wasn't traveling for work) was in 1964 when I had 5 weeks in Europe. I'm was perfectly happy to travel alone then, but I can't do it now.

9. Posted by Steffi Kay (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for all your ideas. I haven't done any long distance hikes. My longest hike so far was 4 days. However the Coast to Coast walks sounds great.
France I have to google and look at the websites some more. However it's next door, so it’s easy to do something spontaneously.

I’ve never been diving. I started snorkelling 2017, so it hasn’t been long. For me it’s an easy and hassle-free way to see the underwater world. You can just take your gear with you and jump in the water.

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2015 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The Coast To Coast usually takes around 14 days, and passes through a lot of England's finest scenery including three national parks.

It was devised by Alfred Wainwright, partly as a response to the "official" Pennine Way which is difficult, muddy, and some would say unrewarding. This was his idea of the best walk across England he could imagine. ...I confess to some bias - some years ago his works were in danger of going out of print and a Wainwright Society was formed to keep it alive, and I'm one of the members. You may find the society's webpage about the C2C useful.