“You can tell the sun in his jealous sky that we walked in fields of gold” – Sting.
I had travelled to quite a few different parts of Poland already, having first visited the country in 2005 and returned many times since, before I decided to live here permanently from July 2016. As a long term travel writer for 18 years, I also visited Polish Antarctica in 2010 on an insane journey through 165+ countries, which resulted in the release of my hat-trick of books, Backpacking Centurion.
Backpacking Centurion Volume 1 – Don’t Look Back In Bangor
Backpacking Centruion Volume 2 – Lands Down Under
Backpacking Centurion Volume 3 – Taints And Honours
This page will show where I have been in Poland so far and places I continue to travel to, you can stay tuned on my Facebook Page and Instagram Feed too! As often as I can, I also sometimes run a reader poll where you control my destiny!
Full List of my visited Polish Provinces, Voivodeships (20/20)
1. Dolnośląskie – Lower Silesia (2017)
2. Kaszuby – Kashubian Region (2016)
3. Kujawsko-pomorskie – Kuyavian Pomeranian (2016)
4. Lubelskie – Lublin (2017)
5. Lubuskie – Lubusz (2017)
6. Lódzkie – Lódz (2005)
7. Małopolskie – Smaller/Lesser/Lower Poland (2015)
8. Mazowieckie – Masovia (2005)
9. Opolskie – Opole (2017)
10. Podkarpackie – Podkarpackie (2017)
11. Podlaskie – Podlaskie (2017)
12. Polish Antarctica (2010)
13. Polish Micronations (2017)
14. Pomorskie – Pomerania (2016)
15. Sląskie – Silesia (2015)
16. Swiętokrzyskie – świętokrzyskie (2017)
17. Warmińsko-mazurskie – Warmian-Masurian (2016)
18. Warszawa – Warsaw (2005)
19. Wielkopolskie – Greater Poland (2005)
20. Zachodniopomorskie – West Pomerania (2005)
*Dates completed listed in brackets. I completed this list in December 2017 after I visited Białystok and completed Podlaskie Voivodeship.
The total area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometres (120,726 sq mi), making it the 69th largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. With a population of over 38.5 million people, Poland is the 34th most populous country in the world, the 8th most populous country in Europe and the sixth most populous member of the European Union, as well as the most populous post-communist member of the European Union. As well as this 38.5 million population, it is believed that double this quantity of Polish people live around the world, with high populations in Chicago, Boston, New York, Curitiba, London and Dublin. Poland is a unitary state divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, known officially as Vovoideships and its capital and largest city is Warszawa. Other metropolises include Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk (City Hat-trick with Sopot and Gdynia) and Szczecin, the country’s largest urban agglomeration is the Silesian Metropolis. There is a lot of Poland to discover still, but so far I have made it to these places. I had toured all 20 of the list above by the end of December 2017.
Dolnośląskie – Lower Silesia
Pomerania – Pomorskie
– Aniołki (lived)
– Brzezno (lived)
– Dolne Miasto
– Nowy Port
– Stare Miasto (lived)
Słowinski National Park
Warsaw – Warszawa (lived)
Nowa Praga (lived)
*This list is incomplete.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Poland (those in bold I have been to)
- Auschwitz Birkenau: German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) (2015)
- Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (2016)
- Centennial Hall in Wrocław (2017)
- Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica (2018)
- Historic Centre of Kraków (2015)
- Historic Centre of Warsaw (2005)
- Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park (2018)
- Medieval Town of Toruń (2018)
- Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski
- Old City of Zamość (2018)
- Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System (2018)
- Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (2018)
- Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (2018)
- Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska (2018)
- Białowieża Forest (2018)
The year I visited the UNESCO site is listed in brackets.
“Someday you will find me, caught beneath a landslide; in a champagne supernova in the sky” – Noel Gallagher.
Visited 132 UN countries (70.1%) out of 193.
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