Why you should do a travelling holiday opposed to a stationary one.
Many of my friends don’t understand why I would want to spend my summer backpacking and train travelling opposed to a flight and then sitting on a beach and catching sun in the afternoon after a morning’s lay in. Well, this is hopefully going to put people in no doubt that travelling is by far the best option.
Firstly, I want to get the chance to see as much as possible, as let’s face it, no holiday is cheap, so why would you not want value for money? In two summers I have visited almost fifty locations for just over 1500 pounds, this is most definitely value for money. You can travel every single day in a month on the train’s in Europe for just £382 with an InterRail pass, or if you’re willing to spend the time planning your travel days (which you should) you can choose 10 days within 22 days for just £233 pounds plus then reservations – which are cheap in most of Europe. Then it’s all up to you, Europe is literally your oyster and you can jump from Brussels to Berlin to Prague to Venice to the alps and onto…anywhere else in Europe – even all the way out into Turkey.
But is it worth the discomfort? Well, firstly, there isn’t actually too much of that. For example, you can get first class sleeper travel, with the pass, from Krakow to Budapest for less than the cost of your trip’s sun cream. Then even when you are on the regular trains, most in Western Europe have air-conditioning, you’re usually so content from your day’s exploring that you sleep like a log in the sleep and the bed regardless AND on the night trains the rocking is like being in a manger. OK, so maybe I am playing it up a tad, but in all honesty it was far less up and ready than I was expecting, with half the time me forgetting that I was actually backpacking round anyway. Which leads onto having to carry your stuff with you all the time. Well, yes this sucks and you do feel like a snail a lot of the time you have your bag on. However, you don’t need to be carrying it around that much, just to and from the stations, with lockers your friend when you’re just doing a day trip somewhere and travelling on again at night. Just make sure that you get a good bag, the first time I did this I went for the cheapest one and it didn’t take long for my back to start hating me, however the next time I went for comfort and it was far, far, far nicer.
But does it still feel like a holiday? YES! I am simply going to list just a handful of the things that I did whilst travelling last summer, no arguments, no stats, just simply a list:
- Sightseeing at the Coliseum, Vatican and around Rome’s Forum
- Sunbathing and swimming on a private beach in the Mediterranean
- Walking in the Swiss Alps and enjoying a picnic looking across at snow whilst getting a tan
- Bar crawl in the cheap and diverse Budapest
- Overlooking the river from Krakow’s castle café enjoying a refreshing drink and reflecting on the earlier trip to Auschwitz.
So, why would you want to just spend time in one place spending just the same amount of money?? I have no idea. Please read on as I’ll soon, if not already, have more posts up on travelling in Europe on destinations and tips – take care.