About Me & Wilbur’s Travels

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”

So said George Bernard Shaw and I concur exactly.

Why Wilbur’s Travels?

I was re-christened Wilbur at the age of 13 by schoolmates and it has stuck to become my travel related non du plume, not least because this is what my regular travel buddy Hamish (another schoolboy nickname that refused to go away) knows me as.


Wilbur Arrival By Train, Yerevan, Armenia From Batumi, Georgia

Wilbur’s Arrival By Overnight Train, Yerevan, Armenia From Batumi, Georgia

Seventy countries visited thus far (I don’t count Monaco & Vatican City), but there is so much more to do on my bucket list, that I feel I have barely scratched the surface.

Passionate about rail as a means of exploration, top of my list is to do the 17,000 KM train journey from Portugal to Ho Chi Minh City. Clearly this will need to wait until I have more time on my hands, but it will happen one day.

I love to travel, enjoy the thrill of exposing myself to unusual situations and am fascinated by cultures that differ from my own.

This blog will be a retro look at past trips, real time reports from current ones and dreams about future ones.

Happy wandering.



  1. Popped in from a-z, but am unsure if you’re really participating, as I don’t see the badge or reference on your blog.

    Safe travels, have never traveled by train, but should have when we were in Spain.

    1. Hi Sandy, I have them drafted up to T. What do I need to do to get your A-Z symbol on my site? I have saved the picture but don’t know what to do next.

      1. Nice to meet you, Wilbur. I am a fellow A to Z participant. You can pick up the official 2015 Blogging from A to Z Badge for placement on your sidebar from the following URL:


        Hope this helps, and I look forward to hearing more about your travels.

    2. P.S. Trains in Spain are some of the best in the world. Lots of EU money pumped in!

  2. Thanks so much for following Shaking the Tree and introducing me to your blog. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  3. Gee that train trip on your bucket list sounds pretty EPIC 🙂 Now you got us curious as to whether we need to add that to our list 😉 Pleased to have stumbled across your blog… you have yourself another follower!

    1. Hi Wise Monkeys – yes it would be epic indeed! Thanks for following and I look forward to reading your posts. Wilbur

  4. Hi Wilbur!

    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog!
    Your blog is very cool and you have a very interesting story! I do hope you make your dream trip from Porto do Ho Chi Minh City someday 😀

    Happy travels,

    1. Thanks Allane, it is good to dream. One day! Wilbur

      1. Yes it is!!! Thank God we dont pay for dreaming, otherwise I would be broke! So yes, it is great to dream 😀

  5. Yes thanks, I will look them up. Actually honeymooned in the great city and think next trip will be number 8 there. Still love it.

  6. Not sure whether you would have seen my response this morning, Wilbur, so I’m repeating it here? Orange Donut Tours and the link is in this post https://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/walking-with-aleksandra/
    I presume you’ve been before? It’s a beautiful city. Have fun! 🙂

  7. Hey Wilbur – thanks very much for following Rusty Travel Trunk. Much appreciated 🙂 I look forward to seeing your adventures on here!

  8. Hello Wilbur! Thank you for following my blog and I am looking forward to go through some of your posts too!

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