Hi, new here and to traveling outside package holidays

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1. Posted by lw.elevenuk (Budding Member 8 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

To cut a long story short …
I have dyslexia and adhd and on a autistic spectrum
I want to travel but the fear of being overwhelmed makes me hesitate
I find a lot of places way to busy , I guess you could say I’m more a cabin in the woods guy socialising doesn’t come easy
I wish to travel but need a slow paced place , somewhere I can get by language wise

any help of suggestions appreciated. Thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6010 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I'm assuming from your username that you're from the UK, so: Norway or Iceland perhaps? Lots of gorgeous nature to see, vast terrain with relatively few travellers or inhabitants (outside the big cities, which I'd try to mostly avoid), and everyone working in the tourism industry (plus most people outside it) will speak English pretty much flawlessly.

Further abroad, Canada or New Zealand would offer similar things, with English as a first language. (Or closer to home, depending on where in the UK you're based and where you've already been, there's lots of worthwhile sights in Scotland and Ireland as well.)

Definitely do not go on an organized tour. The pace of that tends to be far too jam-packed. Instead, research and book accommodation by yourself, and stay at least two days more in each place than you think you'll need, so you can take downtime to assimilate experiences whenever you feel like you could benefit from it. (Personally, when doing longterm travel, I have at least one day a week of nothing, deliberately staying in to sip a cup of tea, gaze at the landscape, and allow my thoughts to unwind.)

In New Zealand, you can get around by bus pretty easily - absolutely excellent traveller infrastructure. For the other countries I'd recommend renting a car. Loads of small hotels and B&Bs around which should suit you just fine. Browse some landscape photos for whichever country you're interested in to get a vague idea of the nature sights you might like to see, then depending on how hampering your dyslexia is with regards to doing research, either (preferably) pick up a lonely planet to read up on the various regions and where you'd want to stay, or just look at the map on booking.com to gauge where accommodation is clustered relative to the sights you've picked.

[ Edit: Edited on 3 Dec 2023, 20:43 GMT by Sander ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2053 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hi. I'm assuming you live in the UK. My first thought was to visit Scotland. It's close, they speak English and it is gorgeous. We've never run into many tourists there, especially out in the countryside.

Have you considered rural France? It's beautiful; many people speak English and if they don't, you can use Google Translate on your phone. It talks for you and for the person you're speaking to. It's great for an emergency.

You might look at Montrichard in the Loire Valley. It's right on the river Cher, has a couple hotels, several nice restaurants, a Château, some activities and a train station if you want to do some sightseeing. If you rent a car, there is a lovely British couple who have a gite and a B and B in nearby Faverolles. It's called Domaine de la Chapelle. I'm sure you could Google it.

Small towns almost anyplace are pretty peaceful places. I hope you find something.

4. Posted by lw.elevenuk (Budding Member 8 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Many thanks for your reply and advice , funny Norway was actually on my list , I am kinda trying to pre plan my first proper trip , maybe 3 Months . Top of my list was the French Pyrenees, hoping I could maybe explore a bit of Spain as well , even possibly Portugal. The travel seamed more simple on my first choice as I’d have to go through multiple countries just to get to Norway , wasn’t sure about the whole border think visas etc , it’s had to research with my limited abilities.
I would love to travel more in Canada and America but feel I need a longer trip . I did do a small bit of Canada with family in 1990 . Was a lovely place, I was there 3 months but did have people to stay with who mostly look me to see places . Bali was another that popped up why unsure maybe it seemed laid back over there .

5. Posted by lw.elevenuk (Budding Member 8 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Hi. I'm assuming you live in the UK. My first thought was to visit Scotland. It's close, they speak English and it is gorgeous. We've never run into many tourists there, especially out in the countryside.

Have you considered rural France? It's beautiful; many people speak English and if they don't, you can use Google Translate on your phone. It talks for you and for the person you're speaking to. It's great for an emergency.

You might look at Montrichard in the Loire Valley. It's right on the river Cher, has a couple hotels, several nice restaurants, a Château, some activities and a train station if you want to do some sightseeing. If you rent a car, there is a lovely British couple who have a gite and a B and B in nearby Faverolles. It's called Domaine de la Chapelle. I'm sure you could Google it.

Small towns almost anyplace are pretty peaceful places. I hope you find something.

many thanks for your reply it’s really appreciated I will look into the places in France you mentioned
You will see I replied to the previous member about France . I did A bit of South Scotland this year
I may do more at some point , I’m really looking at going further , I may of considered retiring out of the
Country but now out of the EU it’s very difficult

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6059 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Thoughts:

If you're from the UK you can only stay in the US for a maximum of 90 days as a tourist. If you're not prepared to hire a car you'll find getting around...and definitely getting to less crowded places...much more difficult than in any European country: rail lines and stops are limited, long-distance buses generally serve larger places and outside major cities local bus services are minimal or non-existent.

You can stay up to 6 months in Canada. There are trains and long-distance buses but, again, you really need a car to get away from people.

You might consider Slovenia. Most people speak at least some English and younger (not 'young') people are often fluent. It's a less-visited EU country with good local and long-distance bus services serving many smaller places and has much lovely hiking countryside in the Julian Alps and in the wine regions e.g. Podravska.

Nearer to home you could try the Isle of Man which has stunning coastal and mountain scenery plus an excellent bus service. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland also have decent local and long-distance bus services (and a railway, though it's not extensive). The Sperrins and Mourne mountains in NI are beautiful, County Donegal is wild and much less visited than e.g. Kerry.....

[ Edit: Edited on 3 Dec 2023, 21:46 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by lw.elevenuk (Budding Member 8 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Thoughts:

If you're from the UK you can only stay in the US for a maximum of 90 days as a tourist. If you're not prepared to hire a car you'll find getting around...and definitely getting to less crowded places...much more difficult than in any European city: rail lines and stops are limited, long-distance buses generally serve larger places and outside major cities local bus services are minimal.

You can stay up to 6 months in Canada. There are trains and long-distance buses but, again, you really need a car to get away from people.

You might consider Slovenia. Most people speak at least some English and younger (not 'young') people are often fluent. It's a less-visited EU country with good local and long-distance bus services serving many smaller places and has much lovely hiking countryside in the Julian Alps and in the wine regions e.g. Podravska.

Nearer to home you could try the Isle of Man which has stunning coastal and mountain scenery plus an excellent bus service. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland also have decent local and long-distance bus services (and a railway, though it's not extensive). The Sperrins and Mourne mountains in NI are beautiful, County Donegal is wild and much less visited than e.g. Kerry.....

thanks for the reply it’s appreciated, all ideas and information are always helpful
Solvienia sound interesting I will give that some research , I have a small camper so Europe’s obviously
Easyier but it will be nice to see some of the world before I pop my clogs lol time flys I’m 58 now I don’t know
What’s happened to time I haven’t done much in my life , so I need to get making the most of life

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2542 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

How are you planning to get to the place you want to stay? Would flying be a problem? Because I think you could fly to Norway direct.

Can you drive? Because my parents drove and took car ferries up through Norway up to the Artic Circle and down through Finland.

They also rented a car and drove through the Pyrennes.

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5388 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hi.

You write "..maybe 3 Months..?"

Three month trip or leave home in 3 months?

If you sometimes feel overwhelmed perhaps do short trips nearer home will be better. Scotland sounds good.

Up to you.

10. Posted by lw.elevenuk (Budding Member 8 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

How are you planning to get to the place you want to stay? Would flying be a problem? Because I think you could fly to Norway direct.

Can you drive? Because my parents drove and took car ferries up through Norway up to the Artic Circle and down through Finland.

They also rented a car and drove through the Pyrennes.

if I travel in Europe I have a small camper , tho going through multiple borders feels a little intimidating
Unsure if I need visas etc though I think I read it a EU visa so maybe only 1 I need