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5-6 month eurotrip
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Hi I’m doing a 5-6 month backpacking trip starting in August this year and just get organized with things like transport… Anyway I’ve been looking at rail passes and they all seem to be more designed for shorter trips is there any ones that someone who wants to do a 6 month trip should buy? I’m going to most places in Europe a lot of western and a bit of east just fitting in as much as I can. I’m under 25 and I’ll be travelling with one other person.
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I assume you have a European passport or have otherwise worked out the visa issues involved in such a long stay. If you have a European passport, look into interrail instead of Eurail. You can buy an interrail pass at any major train station and the price is based on your country of residence/citizenship. If you aren’t a citizen or resident of Europe, I’d look at a couple of eurail flexipasses which are good for a certain number of days of rail travel in a 2 month period. Validate one of them right before your 1st train trip. Validate the second one two months later.

You shouldn’t need to buy anything except a good backpack. Check some old threads on our “packing” forum for tips.

Things you need to do now for an August trip:
1. Save money
2. Get passport
3. Work out the visa issues for a stay of longer than 90 days
4. Save money
5. Shop for your plane ticket (August departures and open return or long stays are expensive) Buy it if you find a good price
6. Save money
7. Shop for a pack — get fitted and try it on with weights
8. Start walking a couple of miles a day
9. Save money

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Thanks for that.
Another question, if i buy a Eural pass is there any extra costs? i think i read somewhere on here that you have to pay a fee to reserve a seat? If so how much is the reservation fee?

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Another question, if i buy a Eural pass is there any extra costs? i think i read somewhere on here that you have to pay a fee to reserve a seat? If so how much is the reservation fee?
Reservations, which are required on some trains, aren’t covered by the railpass. Most reservations are 4 or 5 euros, but some are as high as 19 euros. This list is probably the best source. It’s a link from Rick Steves: http://www.ricksteve…