While backpacking may be an increasingly popular way of seeing the world, travelling around by train is another option that is gaining in popularity.
Interrailing means someone can have an entire continent at their finger tips, allowing them to explore the many different cities, cultures and lands that they may come across.
Europe remains the popular destination for interrailing, mainly thanks to the superb train facilities that weave their way across the EU.
Many provide comfort and luxury while travelling, allowing people to sit back and take in the exceptional views that they will inevitably face.
Why Europe is such a popular destination
Europe stands out for many reasons, but the wide mix of culture is a major point to consider – in a relatively small space, it’s possible to come across plenty of different religions, styles and ways of life.
Even individual countries can have vastly different areas – the hustle and bustle of Berlin for example is vastly different to Bavaria in the south of Germany.
In a similar way, the history on offer in Rome will differ vastly from that seen on the waterways in Venice.
That really is the beauty of interrailing as it offers the opportunity to see many different parts of the world, while the people concerned are in total control over where they go and what they see.
This also means that the financial aspects of the trip are entirely in that person’s control, meaning they can choose to live in luxury if they wish.
For that reason alone, it means that interrailing offers a vastly different experience to that of backpacking in parts of Asia or South America for example.
Planning for an interrailing trip is therefore of vital importance, as fitting everything in will often prove to be near impossible.
Great cities around Europe could take days, or even weeks in some cases, to fully explore but this is often not an option on such trips.
Therefore, having a list of the most desired locations is recommended, so that enough time is set to aside for each of these locations.
After all, it’s possible to spend days at a time in cities such as Madrid, Munich or Amsterdam, while still having a feeling that the surface has barely been scratched.
Financial management when interrailing
When travelling it’s important to carefully manage finances, especially when train fares and other trips will also need to be taken into consideration.
Using a prepaid card when travelling around Europe is a great way of ensuring the trip stays within budget regardless of where you are heading, as only money on the card can be spent.
Other funds can always be added to the card should people require it while they are away though.
There is also additional protection if the card should be misplaced, as funds can be transferred to a new card with the minimum of fuss.