Traveller on a Mission
I've just discovered a very interesting blog by a young woman who enjoys travelling, especially by train, in Russia, the former Soviet Union and other unpopular destinations. It is https://travelleronamission.wordpress.com, and the author is a French woman who now lives in London when she is not on the road. At present she is travelling through Kazakhstan by train. She has also travelled on the Trans-Siberian and the BAM (Baikal-Amur Mainline) trains, and spent a winter in Siberia.
She always travels plaskartny, the lowest level on Russian trains, where you sleep on a well-equipped bunk in an open car. It's not clear what she does for a living or even what her name is, but her stories and pictures are fascinating.
In addition to countries in the former Soviet bloc, she has visited Cuba, Africa, India and some other places. And her mission? It is "to get to know the world to make it a better place." She certainly is doing that at least in a small way by showing that it is possible for a woman (or man) alone to explore widely without spending a lot of money.
I wish she would write more about the logistics of her travels--visas, tickets, and so forth. This is a blog that I will definitely continue reading.