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. Hi Wilbur — thanks so much for the follow on my travel blog. I’m certainly going to enjoy yours.

    1. Thanks, looking forward to reading more….

  2. Just found your blog and really enjoying it! I too am a fan of European travel. Looking forward to reading more posts.

  3. […] couldn’t get one big enough but I am thankful to fellow bloggers Victor (Victor Travel Blog) and Wilbur (Wilbur’s Travels) for reminding me that if I did have one then Mont St Michel would be somewhere […]

  4. Nice to see another rail fan, and thanks for following my blog.I did Kyle of Lochalsh to Saigon (HCM) back in 2004 – 17,000 miles not kms. Great trip! See http://wilhelmswords.com/rtw2004/index.html

    1. Blimey, that’s fantastic! Have you written about the experience?

      1. Yes, that was the link in my comment. Let me know if it doesn’t work!

      2. Yeah I read that but your epic journey deserves a book! Bet it was brilliant.

  5. Hi! Thanks for following my blog! I will have a look around yours too….I can already tell you that I love your cover photo!

  6. Hi – I just discovered your blog on Monday Escapes. I love trains too. Looking forward to reading more :).

  7. I would definitely count Monaco and Vatican City! That train ride from Porto to Ho Chi Min sounds amazing though. I’m looking forward to seeing you blog about that one day 😉

    1. And me!

  8. Managed it!

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