Hello dear fellow interrailers
My name is Joris, I’m from the Netherlands and I am currently planning my first interrail tour. I am quite inexperienced when it comes to touring around, but the freedom of it really appeals to me. I will be traveling for one month, whether alone or with others, and whom with, I am yet unsure. – any comments on this also appreciated. I wanna come back with a few nice stories, wouldn’t mind much if I would’ve lost a few limbs along the way, but on the other hand if I plan to travel by train a lot instead of hiking around it might get a bit lonely.
Anyways I have a few more questions which I hope can be answered here
I highlighted a route on a google map from major city to major city. I plan to go north from the Netherlands and complete the circle from there.
Between Helsinki and Berlin, I like to visit Tallinn because Estonia seems like a great country and it’s a great way to get back from Scandinavia to mainland Europe. An easyjet ticket from Tallinn is between 20 and 40 € when booked well ahead… After looking on this forum and seeing that from Tallinn down to Lithuania is only about €20, I think I’ll add that to my trip and scrap the Berlin idea… I’ve seen Germany – I’ll jus go from Lithuania to Poland. – oh that brings me to another question – is Kaliningrad any fun to visit? And is it worth the effort to get a visa for such a small part of Russia? (I assume I need one – and well if I did I could visit St. Petersburg between Helsinki and Tallinn as well).
I’m wondering if anyone has any comments to this route. Maybe it’s too much for 30 days (I’m almost sure it is) – but I wouldn’t mind skipping anything after Italy, and I’m not too sure about Istanbul either. On the other hand, when I’m having a good time I wouldn’t mind extending my trip by 10, 22 or even 30 days either. I have a lot of friends living in Switzerland and after that every bit of the route was just an attempt to fill the circle in an interesting way. I don't plan on spending all my time in trains, just some of the nights would be good.
I don’t plan on spending a lot of money on accommodation but don’t much like the idea of carrying a tent around and having to set it up every day either. I’d prefer to sleep on the train, but as I got from this website, that can be quite tricky. Are night trains more expensive than hostels? Of course, it will depend on the country, but I’m sure some of you have more of an indication than I do
[*:2ols8web]The adventurous bit
Now I have travelled around some cities for a few days and I’ve visited some nice places, but reading those articles always makes me wonder where all those great stories come from. The friendly farmer who let you sleep in his hay shelter, the local bartender who gave you a round on the house, kind of cheesy examples but you get what I mean (I hope). Now I have already decided not to travel with a good friend of mine as doing so would probably stop me from making contact with the rest of the world, but I still wonder if all those stories are just random coincidences or pure fiction. Apart from visiting the major cities I’ll try to go through the countryside and smaller villages, but being an adventure-virgin I still wonder whether I am supposed to just walk into these things and whether visiting the countryside and small villages is all there is to it? I am quite open and spontaneous, so that’s nothing to worry about…[/*:m:2ols8web][/list:u:2ols8web]
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I’m looking forward to your replies. Any comments welcome