The Kick Ass Guide To Inter Railing This Summer
August 2, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The freedom, the independence, the adventure, inter railing really does have it all. Experiencing new horizons, seeing different, vibrant cultures, and partying til 5.30am and falling into the hostel you booked because it was super cheap and allows alcohol, inter railing really is the dream for young Irish people.

Remember, whether you decide on a 2 week trip, or to just travel all summer, the key to having the best inter railing experience possible is in the details. Follow this guide to inter railing (from a guy with zero inter railing experience) to maximise the craic you’ll have.

Packing

packed neatly

The first step to inter railing is what you pack. Make sure you bring adapters to fit with sockets around Europe. It may not be as easy to buy them as you think. Ensure also that you have bought and collected your travel tickets, accommodation bookings and whatever other tickets you may require.

Bring a lock! A tough lock that isn’t easy to crack will dissuade any potential thieves from stealing your things. Pack for the destinations and climates you have chosen, and don’t over-pack. If you’re of the ginger persuasion, bring sun cream, and lots of it! Other essentials for preparation can be found on our 6 Essentials For A Summer Of Inter Railing.

Company

travel-partners

The people you go with are easily the most crucial aspect of inter railing. Don’t go with someone you know won’t be up for the banter, because they’ll dampen the mood and create tension. I mean, who actually goes to Paris and doesn’t visit the Eiffel Tower because it’s ‘clichéd’? That’s called being pretentious and stuck up. Some people are averse to trying new experiences. That’s their decision and there’s no problem with that, however you shouldn’t let this dictate your own travel plans.

Your company will also act as your protection. You look out for one another and have each other’s back if need be. Trustworthy people who are also up for the craic are ideal here. Additionally, go with people who have some sense of organisation about them. Arriving in Vienna only to find someone left their phone in Munich should be enough of a warning sing.

Destinations

interrail-map-interrail-europe

There’s no point in going to Paris when you want to be in Prague, who cares about Warsaw when all you want is a gondola ride in Venice? Deciding on where you go will directly affect the experience you have. If you prefer culture and history, then maybe France, Netherlands and Germany are more suited to you. Love the sun? Hit Spain, Italy or Croatia. Fancy cheap alcohol? Prague, Poland and basically all of Eastern Europe are your cup of tea.

Choosing Western Europe and then complaining about higher prices of alcohol is redundant, the possible combinations of countries is almost endless. For every location you’re planning to visit, read up on what attractions each location has so that you don’t spend the day or two you may have at each place wandering around aimlessly.

Getting Involved

meeting the locals

Don’t be afraid to mix it up with the locals when you visit a new place. Now, this doesn’t mean accidentally being initiated into a gang in Serbia, or randomly realising you’ve joined a cult in Ukraine, so pick your spots and while you should keep an open mind, don’t overdo it. Get involved with some local events that may be taking place, and interact with the local people.

Eat the local delicacies and maybe strike up a romance the likes of which several romcoms are based upon! The world is your oyster, so why bother going to McDonald’s and looking for Irish pubs in every city because of familiarity. Leave your comfort zone and dive into new cultures.

Safety

Finishing on a more serious note, it is absolutely imperative that you stay aware of your surroundings. Many unsavoury people crawl out around this time of year to prey on tourists and visitors, so don’t make it too obvious that you’re not from around. If you become lost, don’t panic, and don’t show that you are lost. Be vigilant of who may be watching you.

Don’t allow yourself to be dragged into places you don’t believe are safe, and definitely don’t separate yourself from the rest of your group. If you must splinter, make sure there are at least two people together at all times. Of course, be even more wary of potential problems at night, as some people wait until night time to cause problems for the rest of us. Safety is key to a great inter railing experience as much as anything else.

Follow these tips and you’ll surely have a ball on your trip. Have fun, get to know the world a little more, and make it an experience you’ll never forget. Inter railing is as good a time as any to see the world, so do it.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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The Kick Ass Guide To Inter Railing This Summer
August 2, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The freedom, the independence, the adventure, inter railing really does have it all. Experiencing new horizons, seeing different, vibrant cultures, and partying til 5.30am and falling into the hostel you booked because it was super cheap and allows alcohol, inter railing really is the dream for young Irish people.

Remember, whether you decide on a 2 week trip, or to just travel all summer, the key to having the best inter railing experience possible is in the details. Follow this guide to inter railing (from a guy with zero inter railing experience) to maximise the craic you’ll have.

Packing

packed neatly

The first step to inter railing is what you pack. Make sure you bring adapters to fit with sockets around Europe. It may not be as easy to buy them as you think. Ensure also that you have bought and collected your travel tickets, accommodation bookings and whatever other tickets you may require.

Bring a lock! A tough lock that isn’t easy to crack will dissuade any potential thieves from stealing your things. Pack for the destinations and climates you have chosen, and don’t over-pack. If you’re of the ginger persuasion, bring sun cream, and lots of it! Other essentials for preparation can be found on our 6 Essentials For A Summer Of Inter Railing.

Company

travel-partners

The people you go with are easily the most crucial aspect of inter railing. Don’t go with someone you know won’t be up for the banter, because they’ll dampen the mood and create tension. I mean, who actually goes to Paris and doesn’t visit the Eiffel Tower because it’s ‘clichéd’? That’s called being pretentious and stuck up. Some people are averse to trying new experiences. That’s their decision and there’s no problem with that, however you shouldn’t let this dictate your own travel plans.

Your company will also act as your protection. You look out for one another and have each other’s back if need be. Trustworthy people who are also up for the craic are ideal here. Additionally, go with people who have some sense of organisation about them. Arriving in Vienna only to find someone left their phone in Munich should be enough of a warning sing.

Destinations

interrail-map-interrail-europe

There’s no point in going to Paris when you want to be in Prague, who cares about Warsaw when all you want is a gondola ride in Venice? Deciding on where you go will directly affect the experience you have. If you prefer culture and history, then maybe France, Netherlands and Germany are more suited to you. Love the sun? Hit Spain, Italy or Croatia. Fancy cheap alcohol? Prague, Poland and basically all of Eastern Europe are your cup of tea.

Choosing Western Europe and then complaining about higher prices of alcohol is redundant, the possible combinations of countries is almost endless. For every location you’re planning to visit, read up on what attractions each location has so that you don’t spend the day or two you may have at each place wandering around aimlessly.

Getting Involved

meeting the locals

Don’t be afraid to mix it up with the locals when you visit a new place. Now, this doesn’t mean accidentally being initiated into a gang in Serbia, or randomly realising you’ve joined a cult in Ukraine, so pick your spots and while you should keep an open mind, don’t overdo it. Get involved with some local events that may be taking place, and interact with the local people.

Eat the local delicacies and maybe strike up a romance the likes of which several romcoms are based upon! The world is your oyster, so why bother going to McDonald’s and looking for Irish pubs in every city because of familiarity. Leave your comfort zone and dive into new cultures.

Safety

Finishing on a more serious note, it is absolutely imperative that you stay aware of your surroundings. Many unsavoury people crawl out around this time of year to prey on tourists and visitors, so don’t make it too obvious that you’re not from around. If you become lost, don’t panic, and don’t show that you are lost. Be vigilant of who may be watching you.

Don’t allow yourself to be dragged into places you don’t believe are safe, and definitely don’t separate yourself from the rest of your group. If you must splinter, make sure there are at least two people together at all times. Of course, be even more wary of potential problems at night, as some people wait until night time to cause problems for the rest of us. Safety is key to a great inter railing experience as much as anything else.

Follow these tips and you’ll surely have a ball on your trip. Have fun, get to know the world a little more, and make it an experience you’ll never forget. Inter railing is as good a time as any to see the world, so do it.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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