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I'm sorry if this is vague, but I'm sort of at the 'conceptual' stage of planning my summer holidays (i.e. I'm only just musing about what to do :D) I'm not really sure of how long I want to take (lucky enough to have 3 weeks' compulsory paid holiday in August, but I probably can't afford to go for 3 whole weeks) or exactly what I want to do! I am in my late 20s, female, and will be travelling alone. I have a lot of experience travelling by myself, I'm pretty confident & while my Russian is now pretty abysmal (to be honest - I will try to brush up before going) and my Polish and Ukrainian non-existent, I managed to survive in Russia for 2 months, so I think I can handle myself okay. I am looking for a bit of sunshine and beach time, but at heart I'm a culture vulture, so I'm definitely looking to soak up some history, art, theatre etc. as well.

One idea I have is maybe:

Day 1 - Fly Paris - Gdansk. Base myself probably in Gdansk with trips to the beach.
Day 4 - Train (overnight possible?) to Warsaw
Day 6 - Train (overnight possible?) to Lviv
Day 8 - Train (overnight possible?) to Kyiv
Day 12 - Fly back from Kyiv (possibly via London, might sound crazy, but I don't actually live in Paris and that looks like it might actually work out cheaper to fly Kyiv-London-Tours than Kyiv-Paris-train to Tours. I will have to look into that further once I decide on a basic itinerary)

Any advice on transport would be great & also suggestions maybe if I were to shorten the trip, what would you take out? I'm thinking perhaps I could leave Warsaw for another time. The Poland leg is basically because I'm craving some beach time & I have vicariously fallen in love with Gdansk from reading The Tin Drum!

Option 2 would probably be shorter, flying straight to Kyiv for about 4 days then overnight to Odessa for 3 days or so. From what I gather, Odessa and its environs seems like it might be a bit more "challenging" for a solo female traveller, but I don't know what your thoughts on that may be.

Thanks for any suggestions, I just recently found these forums and I think they're wonderful!

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