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Travel Tips for British Trekkers Flying to Romania

Travel Tips for British Trekkers Flying to Romania

Just like an adventure reality show such as The Amazing Race, traveling from London can either be tricky and challenging or simple and laid-back. In a way, everything depends on you and your knowledge of the easiest route from your home to the airport, to the parking spaces, all the way to the departure area.

If you’re an avid adventurer, specifically someone who takes pleasure in the thrill of the great outdoors on foot, going to a different European country like Romania is a valid option.  Seat 61 even has a detailed approach to the more than 3000-kilometre journey. However, since we want the most efficient course, for now let’s focus on air travel.

Say you’re departing from Heathrow, an airport described by The Telegraph as the sixth busiest in the world. The most logical thing to do is to leave home early to be ready for the London traffic and find an appropriate airport parking space. As a side note, if you’re driving to Heathrow, it’s imperative to reserve a slot 24-48 hours prior to your flight to enjoy maximum savings and convenience.

On the other hand, since London has an exemplary public transportation network, another way to effectively commute to the airport is via the Express train. The parking and aviation industry experts at Parking4Less even suggest taking the Tube’s Piccadilly Line as a cheaper yet time-consuming alternative to get to Heathrow. Once you reach the west London aviation hub, it all becomes elementary from here on out.

Recently, The Guardian reported the government’s plan for Heathrow’s much-needed expansion. Based on the article, a third runway will soon pave the way for hundreds of thousands more flights to and from London annually. This also means there will be more flights covering the three-hour trip from the UK to Romania.

Now upon arrival at Bucharest International Airport, you have to make your way to Sibiu either by bus, by taxi, or by train. This Transylvanian city is where you’ll find the Piatra Craiului Mountains, where you’ll trek the 25-kilometre, 1.600-metre high trail with sharp ridges and cavernous gorges. The end destination features a main ridge that has a beautiful vista unlike any other.

All in all, travelling from the United Kingdom to Romania can be a breeze as long as you know these little intricacies that may or may not make the difference to your itinerary. For devoted British adventurers, such as yourself, hiking the Transylvanian trails offers something out-of-the-ordinary, a change of pace from the usual city life. So what are you waiting for, put these tips to good use and explore the mountainous regions of Romania on foot.

Meet the Martin Adventures UK Brand Ambassador

Meet the Martin Adventures UK Brand Ambassador

It's so important for Martin Adventures to be close to our local communities of explorers and, starting with this year, we're doing so with the help of our Brand Ambassador Program. I'm really excited to introduce to you Martin Cox - our first UK Brand Ambassador. In case you're wondering - no, we didn't just choose Martin because of his first name. :)

I'd like to thank our judges for their involvement and, of course, their fair judgment: Donna Navarro - award winning blogger, travel lover and women's cycling advocate, Alain Rumpf - a swiss with a pulse & chief cycling officer at Grand Tours Project, Erik Jonsson - a designer turned nature photographer by way of cycling and Tom Owen - a professional cycling writer with a travel ‘problem’ & founder of the Big Boys Bicycle Club.

We've interviewed Martin for our blog so that you get to know him better. You can also follow him on his blog , Facebook or Instagram to learn more about his cycling adventures.

Martin Cox - age 39 - freelance writer, consultant, university lecturer

You’re a self declared cyclist. Why did you choose cycling and what does it add to your life?

Why cycling? low impact, high smiles, cake-enabling exercise! What does it add? Everything? It doesn’t matter how long or short, after any bike ride I’m a better version of myself. It can stretch me in ways I’d never have considered previously, I know more about me than i thought possible.

How do you manage to combine your hobbies with your job?

I got rid of the TV to avoid that time suck, and I’m not scared to set an early alarm! other than that my work fits around my passions in life, family and cycling.

What is your favorite place to ride, how many times have you been there and would you return?

It’s so hard to choose a single favorite, because it discounts so many stunning places to ride! I would say in terms of scenery it would probably be either Tuscany in France (mountains and purple fields) or Taiwan for the sheer multitude of hills! But closer to home I adore the effects of my local roads, for the calming focus they bring to my life.
 

What is your next travelling destination and what made you decide you should go there? 

By the time this is published I’ll be racing around Ireland in the Transatlantic Way Race, a solo 2.500 km race around Ireland's west coast. Going for these stupid races is what motivates me all year :-)

You said that cycling the Transfagarasan is high on your list of places you'd like to ride. How did it end up there since is not such a well known road?

I came across a picture of the road and knew had to ride it! the scale of the engineering feat is fabulous and the story behind the road is incredible. It looks utterly crazy to ride, like the Stelvio but stretched out further :-)
 

When it comes to riding your bike in the city, what is the first thing that comes in your mind and why?

Own the space, ride like a car driver and make each and every move obvious, blatant and utterly impossible to ignore, in short; don’t get hit!

 

The essential & short 5

  • Riding with music? Yes, if the mood takes me.
  • Alone or with crew? Normally alone, I like to ride for days, exploring and racing countries, and it's easier to go alone. But I do love to ride with my son, and I'm teaching him the ways of going long!
  • Always wearing the helmet (even short commutes)? No
  • Eating gels on rides?  Yes, whatever is to hand!
  • Love climbs? Love the idea of climbs!

If you could send a message to all the cyclists in the world, how would that sound? 

There is literally nothing in this world that will provide you with more boundary-stretching fulfillment than simply riding a bike. It is THE greatest method of transportation and fun available, where else can you experience true joy on nothing more than bowl of porridge!