10-06-2007 - 21:59
Hi, I've Interrailed alone several times and found that, when travelling, I was usually with other backpackers. On night trains try to pick a carriage with other backpackers in it and who are close to where you sit. Striking up conversation with others while waiting or on the train will make you, and them, feel safer. You might also feel more comfortable with other women or a mixed group rather than with a bunch of lads.
If you take a couchette, you won't be able to choose who occupy the other bunks but they will probably be backpackers too and talking to them before lights-out will help to break the ice and to assess any risk. Of course, you should also keep your wits about you and your possessions close: before departure, there are people who roam the trains looking for unattended baggage; so be especially careful then.
Remember, it's good to talk to the other backpackers around you: many of whom will be just as apprehensive as you might initially feel.
Have a great trip.