Tell us about yourself! Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Hello! My name is James Scanlan and I am the author of “Europe in a Day – Day Trips to the Continent”, available on Amazon Kindle. My e-book looks at visiting 15 different countries and territories around Europe for just one day, providing sightseeing tips, trivia and phrasebooks for each country, as well as tips for planning your own day trips. When I’m not travelling, I’m a teaching assistant in London and also a journalist for a few Eurovision Song Contest news websites.
How did you first get into day tripping?
I’ve always fascinated by the world around me, even when I was very young. I started day tripping back in 2010 because I was essentially broke, but still wanted to travel. I was looking through cheap flights online one day and found £20 return flights to Norway – arriving early in the morning, and then home again later that same evening. It was too good an opportunity to pass up! After that trip, I found more and more places I could take day trips too – even as far from the UK as Romania! It’s a fascinating way to travel and you’ll be surprised how much you can fit into a day with a bit of planning.
Where is your favorite place you have visited? Why?
Oh, there are just so many! I’ve genuinely yet to visit anywhere that I didn’t like for one reason or another. But of course I have my favourites. Budapest remains one of my favourite cities of anywhere in the world. It’s a beautiful place, with an amazing history and an unconquerable spirit. I just love it! Ohrid in Macedonia is also fast becoming a second home for me. Its atmospheric old town is surrounded by stunning mountains and the lake is so peaceful – it’s the perfect place to become inspired!
Where have you visited and where do you want to go next?
I’m fortunate enough to have visited 43 countries and territories on 3 continents (Europe, North America and Africa). A few years back, I set myself the goal of visiting 50 different countries by the time I was 30 – and as I’ll be 27 next year, I think I’m well on the way to achieving this! The list of places I want to visit next is ever expanding, but Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia and the Faroe Islands are my (current) top 3. I’m also saving up to visit friends across America – I’d travel constantly if I could!
Is there anything you like to take with you on any given trip?
My crucial checklist is always passport, tickets, money – not going anywhere if I don’t have those! The one thing I always take with me is my phone – mostly because it also doubles as my camera and I take pictures of practically everything! It also comes in handy with things like currency conversion and translation, though I quite like to blunder in with the local language and a phrasebook. I had some interesting conversations in Albania despite barely being able to speak the language!
What are you going to do next?
I’m currently working on several writing projects, both fiction and non-fiction. There is a second edition of Europe in a Day in the works, which will include new chapters on new places around Europe. I’ll tease that so far it features chapters on Iceland and Lithuania, but I’m still in the process of travelling and writing … so watch this space!
If anyone out there would like to know more about day tripping, what’s the best way to do that?
‘Europe in a Day – Day Trips to the Continent’ is available on Amazon for Kindle and also smartphones, tablets and computers with the free Kindle Reading App – I often run promotions, so be sure to check it out! Reviews also greatly appreciated! If you’d like to contact me directly, you can do so through Europe in a Day’s Facebook page – I’m happy to answer any questions about day tripping! I look forward to hearing from you!
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