"Adventurous and bold . . . full of twists and surprises."
Chris Brady, New York Times bestselling author
"Hilarious, inspiring, and beautifully written."
George Mahood, bestselling author of Free Country
"Karen's storytelling is, if possible, even more enticing than her astonishing journey."
Alicia Bay Laurel, bestselling author of Living on the Earth
"Six thousand miles across thirteen countries in eighty-two days and never a dull moment."
David and Veronica James, authors of Going Gypsy
One August morning, I walked out of my Seville home taking nothing but a small, roll-aboard bag, a Eurail pass, and a dream of traveling with no fixed time limit, no reservations, and only a loose itinerary. My goal was to see if I could still have the kind of spontaneous adventures I’d enjoyed in my youth. I spent three months on trains, mostly in Eastern Europe, and the results – often hilarious, occasionally harrowing, definitely life-changing – form the basis of my new book, Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home.
Available in paperback & Kindle editions.
We traveled through 13 countries: Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia.
Our journey covered 5983 miles (9629 kilometers) over 83 days. We took 38 trains for a total of 4627 railway miles, traveled 668 miles on ferries, 166 miles in buses and taxis, 6 miles by horse-drawn cart, and 492 miles on foot.