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Cadore (Italy) - Balcans - Turkey - Georgia Aug-Oct 2022

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Cadore (Italy) - Balcans - Turkey - Georgia Aug-Oct 2022

Hi all! I'm planning to leave in about the middle of August 2022. Below is a link to the route planned at Komoot. It's just a variant as I'm very flexible regarding the root details. Any suggestion or eventual joining the adventure is welcome. I have no strong athletic preparation or challenging targets. I'm in my late 60s and I aim to do 400-500 km a week. My main question is where to sleep once outside Europe. I'm ready for wild-camping also some fear there is, especially in Turkey and Georgia. Please, encourage me :).

https://www.komoot.it/tour/440682499?ref=wtd

 

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encourage

It sounds interesting. I think You have experience enough to stay well in travelling. You can ask before some people about rules and limits of camping. I heard that Turkish people are very hospitally. I would be carefull only at the border between Turkey, Kurdistan and Georgia. I heard, they are not friends together??? Will You use that mobile number on this travelling?

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I would recommand to use also

I would recommand to use also a turkish number or a special tarife like Lebara

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I'm feeling already encouraged!

Yes, I will keep all the way the same number also for WhatsApp . Of course when outside UE I must take also a local mobile number.

For Turkishs' I'll pull out my Italian passport and for Georgians' the Russian one :). Maybe vice versa. Anyway, there is no great Turkish-Georgian tension, it's about Armenians. Very sad story. Another fear about Georgia is regarding their hospitality: once accepted, a lot of wine and chacha can obstacle the movement.

What I've seen other travelers are doing in such places is asking explicit permission from locals rather than going at stealth camping. At the end, only experiencing by myself that I'll find the right way.

Thanks for support!

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Wild camping in the rural

Wild camping in the rural areas of Turkey and Georgia is easily possible. Not so much in the very touristy areas. Beware of nasty dogs! You will be most likely picked up by locals who are going to take care of your. 

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Thanks, Olaf! Very useful

Thanks, Olaf! Very useful tips. Sure the dogs are one of my fears. About hospitality of Turkish and, mainly, Georgian people know something. Sometimes the problem can be to avoid excessively enthusiastic hospitality and too much chacha as well ;). Now a lot depends on what happens in Balcans, and in Georgia as well, following the explosion of Russian aggression and more general destabilization in that areas.