Contributing to 196 Destinations

Thank you for your interest in writing for 196 Destinations. We’re dedicated to sharing stories on overland travel, especially train travel, to help inspire people to find an alternative to flying. With your help, we can make a difference. To contribute: Go to our contact form and send us a message. We’d love to knowContinue reading “Contributing to 196 Destinations”

Armenia to Ukraine Part 4: Odessa to Lviv

“You’ll love Odessa,” my Ukrainian friend Krystyna said, when I described the plan. “You’ll wish you had more time there.” She wasn’t wrong – it’s now yet another on my list of places I have to go back to someday. She also told me that Odessa is famous for two things – the sea, andContinue reading “Armenia to Ukraine Part 4: Odessa to Lviv”

Armenia to Ukraine Part 3: Ferry, cross the Black Sea 🎶

Wandering through a goods yard was not exactly the way I had expected my voyage on the UkrFerry sailing to Odessa to begin, but that was precisely what I found myself doing. Picking my way across the rutted mud between truck cabs, I searched for signs for the passenger terminal. A man with a backpackContinue reading “Armenia to Ukraine Part 3: Ferry, cross the Black Sea 🎶”

Armenia to Ukraine Part 2: Tbilisi to Batumi by not-quite-sleeper.

“I’ve never heard of that,” said my Georgian host, Saba, from the other side of a large khachapuri. This was not good news for my attempts to book the elusive sleeper train from Yerevan to Batumi, which supposedly stopped in Tbilisi along the way, and which I was supposed to be boarding in a coupleContinue reading “Armenia to Ukraine Part 2: Tbilisi to Batumi by not-quite-sleeper.”

Armenia to Ukraine Part 1: Overland to Tbilisi!

Editor’s note: This is the first part of the trip by Jennie going from Yerevan, to Tbilisi. “It’s the halfway point,” Hardeep said. I could hear the grin in his voice over the phone. It was Yerevan, Armenia, where he was going for a friend’s wedding in a month or so. I’d met Hardeep atContinue reading “Armenia to Ukraine Part 1: Overland to Tbilisi!”

Overland Travel Stories

Hello and welcome to the relaunched 196 Destinations. We will be building a community of overland travellers, and sharing inspiring travel stories. I’m Ian and I launched a bucket-list startup some years ago. Now is the time for a different angle and to encourage more people to consider the train, coach, boat or even cycle.Continue reading “Overland Travel Stories”