When we recently travelled Europe by InterRail, we learned a few things that we thought we would share with you. Some of it is common knowledge and some of it is what we discovered along the way. We have listed some travel advice below, you never know we might have some advice that you never thought of. I would recommend that you all travel like this and it really does give a life time of memories
Travelling By Train
Staying In Accommodation
Travelling By Train
- If you go InterRail, use the code on the back of the InterRail wallet to get out of the barriers at stations
- Trains can be expensive to buy on board, always buy snacks before you go.
- Most trains abroad have WIFI, so it is easy to keep in touch.
- If you are travelling a popular route, always reserve seats. It only costs as little as 3 Euros in some places.
- Always fill out your InterRail pass before you board or as soon as you board
- Always have your passport ready as you will more than likely get checked on the train at border crossings or by the train staff to ensure the ticket is yours and not stolen.
- Always use the on board bins, the Europeans like to keep their trains clean and you get frowned upon if you don’t use a seat side bin
- Always get to the station in plenty of time, sometimes the trains get in early and people fill the seats
- Some of the seat pull down to become a bed – handy if you are travelling a long way.
- There are usually plug on ALL of the trains to charge your devices
- The trains usually have big gaps between them and the platform, handy to know if you’re travelling with kids.
- If you book through a website, and the place isn’t safe or as advertised. Please leave and find somewhere else. You can always book somewhere in an emergency through Booking.com or Ebookers.
- Try and book somewhere with WIFI, its easier to keep in touch
- Some old accomadations, especially in the eastern part of Europe do not have a lift, so you can find yourself walking up three floors to get to your room
- The electrics in some accomadtions will shock you! What will be unacceptable for UK will be a normal thing in some European places. They don’t have the stringent rules that we do.
- Always make the use of onsite safes, especially if you are staying in a hostel.
- Make sure you know the price of the accomadation before you get there.
- Try to check the GPS for the accomadation before you go to it. Then screenshot the maps and directions.
- Always read reviews on TripAdvisor and similar websites, they will give you an honest insight to the place
- Budget usually means budget, so don't complain after your stay about how minimal it was, how small it was, how noisy it was ...........
- Train stations are often not in the town centre, so if you choose accomadation in the town centre - it will still be a fair way to walk.
Eating and Drinking
- Eating out will be expensive, so if you are staying in hostels or apartments, make the most of the cooking equipment and save some money
- You will probably eat a lot of bread and cheese, as that's what the Europeans eat.
- Beer is often cheaper than coke in many European countries
- You will pay extra money for plastic bottles, its normally about 25 cents, but you get this back when you return it to the shops.
- Always try the local cuisine
- Food can be pricey in some countries and cheap in others.
- There is a Starbucks on every corner in Europe!
- Coffee is served in tiny tea cups in Europe.
- Take a picnic on a long train journey and save some cash.
- Sometimes its hard to understand what the food is, when you are in the supermarket, use the translator on your phone.
Travelling with a child
- Take some toys for them to play with
- Use a wrist link if your child takes to wandering off, these are good if you are sleeping overnight on a train too.
- Buy a wrist band and write your mobile number on it, if your child gets lost you will be contactable.
- Make sure their jabs are up to date and if there are injections recommended for the country you are visiting - then get them done
- Kids under 6 travel free on most public transport and also get in to many attractions for free. Tillys age was never queried and people automatically thought she was under 6.
- Make a holiday book by collecting postcards, tickets, leaflets etc and stick them in a scrapbook. It will make a fab memory for years to come.
- Its a great opportunity to teach the kids a different language.
- Buy a neck cushion. When kids sleep on a train, their head falls from side to side and they wake up with neck ache - having a cushion helps prevent this
- Take a blanket, it can get cold on trains with the air con when they sleep.
- Take Calpol and plasters, its better to have them and not have to worry about language barriers if you need it.
These are just a few things that we experienced and we wanted to pass these tips on. If you have any tips - please share them below in the comments