In the second installment of my Interrail experience I'm going to talk about the finances, where I stayed and what to pack for 3 weeks travel.
Breakdown of Costs...
So probably one of the question I have been asked has been how much the trip actually cost. A little warning not to be too alarmed when I give you the figure as it included everything!
The grand total of the trip was €2,000.
Like I said I know it sounds like a lot of money, and it is; but when you breakdown the costs and the places and spending money it honestly is not that much.
For this €2,000 it included our flights, accommodation, train ticket and spending money. Like I said in my previous blog (linked here) we left all the hard work to the travel agent! Lorraine Wynne Travel Counsellor got us an unbelievable deal on flights and accommodation for €800.
I can honestly say the accommodation was top notch and the overall standard was a good 3* hotel. We stayed in apartments in Budapest and we felt very luxurious.
The Interrail ticket cost €250 (including P&P) and that was for 7 days within one month.
The rest was spending money that averaged to €30-€60 a day depending on where you were in Europe. Venice was the most expensive place while Budapest was ridiculously inexpensive! This allowance also included your tours and activities.
What to Pack...
The second most asked question I receive is 'How did you carry a bag full of clothes around?'. Well, you'd be surprised if I told you it actually was not that bad to do. We decided when we were booking we would bring rucksacks instead of suitcases.
There are two reasons for this. One, you will pack lighter as you will have to carry the bag and two: have you ever tried dragging a suitcase through a train or on cobble streets. From what we witnessed it didn't seem fun and looked like hardship. For this reason I recommended spending the few extra euros on a rucksack to save yourself the hassle that comes with a suitcase.
Although we went for three weeks we did not take the kitchen sink with us. You will be most likely showering every day, often twice a day (I hope so anyways!) so overall your relatively clean. For this reason you don't need to bring an outfit for each and every day. You won't wear half the things anyways!
I packed the following and still had too much...
That was my supplies for three weeks and like I said, I had more than enough. All the places we stayed in offered laundry services so when we got caught in a thunderstorm in Berlin we were able to use the driers in the hostel. My biggest recommendation is to pack light! You don't need them heels or that Saturday night dress. We went out in shorts and tshirts and no one looked at us funny!
I also brought a backpack for day use to store water and souvenirs etc. I recommend bringing some entertainment for the trains too. I bought two books and I was glad of them for the six hour journeys!
I hope this helped and if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask them below or on my Facebook page (Click Here).
In the next blog I start talking about things to do and tips for each place we visited so stay tuned!
Until next time,