As a young person, you want to travel the world, explore exotic places, experience new things and get drunk in as many cities as possible. But you’re young, so you’re most likely on a very tight budget, so what do you do?? You go interrailing across Europe.
Now obviously, interrailing is an enjoyable thing to do. It doesn’t take much to survive while doing it, and it’s not like I’m telling you how to survive Outback Australia when you have no food water or wi-fi, this is more so tips and guidelines on how to get the most out of the experience.
#1 Dealing wiht friends
The first thing to talk about is how to deal with your friends, and also how to not be a complete jerk to them. You’ll probably be with three or more of your friends, some close and some perhaps just acquaintances, so there are a few things to keep in mind, Our friends at Euroventre have a great post on this that we would like to expand on it.
First things first, cut your friends some slack or in other words, don’t forget how drunk(and annoying) you were last time you went out. Your friends may be getting very irritating, and they might be complaining about how hungover they are, how upset they are about losing their phone, wallet, passport, dignity, or about waking up in the gutter in a pool of vomit and vodka… So just let it all slide and enjoy it all as you will probably be laughing about it later and reminiscing about those times.
#2 Get some alone time
This also leads to the second point made by Euroventre which is “Just because you’re travelling together doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking hour together!” Always trying to keep the group together causes more problems than its worth. You may be unlucky enough to be stuck with someone who likes to micromanage the trip and wants everything done by everyone all the time, with these sort of people you need to lay it out nice and simple for them and tell them to get f***ed as you want to travel your way. If you try and get everyone to stay together then almost every time someone will be unhappy or compromising which doesn’t make much of an enjoyable trip.
#3 Meet new people
Third up is one that most people may forget “Make friends outside your group”. It’s so easy to spend all the time inter-railing just with your group or alone because let’s face it your all absolute legends and who could be funnier or better to drink with? Well, at least that’s what you tell each other. But one of the best things about travelling is not the places you go but the people you meet, although sometimes it may be the worst that being said you are almost guaranteed to meet some awesome people with some great stories to tell and its nice to make a drunken fool of yourself in front of a different crowd every now and again.
#4 Get some perspective
Number 4 which is similar to numero uno, “Get some Perspective – don’t be selfish.” someone might suggest going to a swanky art museum or a fish market and all you want to do is hit the nearest pub and down a few jager bombs but suck up and go along you might actually enjoy it or learn something and if you don’t like it, the pub and jager bombs will still be waiting for you.
#4 Must have items
Now below we have listed some must have items that you need to make sure ARE packed as they will make your trip so much more enjoyable.
-neck pillow: This should be obvious to most people but we had to put it down just in case you forget. It will turn the shitty train seats into a little be less shitty seats that you can sort of sleep in.
-deck or cards: You probably wont have wi-fi on any battery life on your mobile device so a deck of playing cards will help you kill time and a deck of UNO will help you lose your friends.
-ear plugs: You’ll be in close quarters for most of the trip so there is bound to be a snorer in the group who you need to block out.
-power pack: It’s worth paying a little bit extra for a decent portable charger for your phone or iPad as it will make the long train rides fly past and you’ll always have enough charge to take that extra selfie.
-good headphones(noise cancelling if possible): help block out all that unwanted complaints from your friends about how hungover they are.
-wet wipes and antibacterial hand-wash: These two items are probably the most underrated but can be the most valuable. Let’s say you’re on a night train someone in the Balkans and nature calls, so you stroll down to the communal toilet you open the door and what you see is worse than any horror movie you have ever seen. These two items will be your lifeline in making it out of the toilet without contracting anything.