Hi All! I'm interested in solo travel and have decided that Poland should be my first international trip that is not work-related, or an extension of work. I've been to several European countries, but not to Poland. Always been interested in Polish culture due to my ancestry and supposedly some relatives there are interested in meeting some US relatives, so I'm hoping to make that connection and actually meet some family members.
I'm just starting to plan, but have some pretty high level questions to get me started, and I have read quite a bit on these forums thus far.
- I don't really like large cities, so planning on Krakow and Gdansk (skipping Warsaw), with possibly a day trip to a few places (perhaps Zakopane, unless my family travels lead me elsewhere - the towns they are from are Jabłonka, Brzozów, Podkarpackie).
- Most of my trips have been a lot of driving and trying to see all the important sites, and haven't left much time to just chill and experience the local culture, so I'm looking to do that as much as possible... while not getting bored, if that makes sense. I'm also a huge foodie and beer-lover. Seems like Krakow may be good for that. Or should I consider Wroclaw instead? Planning to stay in a private Airbnb and have found some really nice places.
- I'm nervous about train/bus schedules due to language barriers, although I am learning a bit of Polish. Wondering if I should rent a car instead? A lot of the Airbnb's I'm looking at include free parking and I'd look to stay in a central area with easy stroll to restaurant areas, etc.
- Of course being a solo female traveler, I'm not nervous, but definitely concerned with safety and have read of a few muggings, scams. The muggings seem to MOSTLY involve the late-night party crowd, but otherwise it appears that using common sense can go far.
- I'm thinking about early October. I'm a big fan of Autumn and hoping this would be a nice time, though I could move it back to September if that would be better.
Any feedback for me? Thanks in advance!