- Rail Passes
- Eurail Global Pass
- Eurail Select Pass
- Eurail Regional Pass
- Eurail Austria-Czech Republic Pass
- Eurail Austria-Germany Pass
- Eurail Austria-Hungary Pass
- Eurail Austria-Slovenia/Croatia Pass
- Eurail Austria-Switzerland Pass
- Eurail Benelux-France Pass
- Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass
- Eurail Benelux Pass
- Eurail Czech Republic-Germany Pass
- Eurail Denmark-Germany Pass
- Eurail Denmark-Sweden Pass
- Eurail Finland-Sweden Pass
- Eurail France-Germany Pass
- Eurail France-Italy Pass
- Eurail France-Spain Pass
- Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
- Eurail Germany-Poland Pass
- Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass
- Eurail Greece-Italy Pass
- Eurail Hungary-Croatia/Slovenia Pass
- Eurail Hungary-Romania Pass
- Eurail Italy-Spain Pass
- Eurail Norway-Sweden Pass
- Eurail Portugal-Spain Pass
- Eurail Scandinavia Pass
- Eurail One Country Pass
- Eurail Austria Pass
- Eurail Bulgaria Pass
- Eurail Croatia Pass
- Eurail Czech Republic Pass
- Eurail Denmark Pass
- Eurail Finland Pass
- Eurail Greece Pass
- Eurail Hungary Pass
- Eurail Ireland Pass
- Eurail Italy Pass
- Eurail Norway Pass
- Eurail Poland Pass
- Eurail Portugal Pass
- Eurail Romania Pass
- Eurail Slovenia Pass
- Eurail Spain Pass
- Eurail Sweden Pass
- Travel Tips
Helpful Hints thread
Tue, 06/22/2004 - 14:51
I thought of starting a ‘helpful hints’ thread to summarize answers to the most frequently-asked questions. Feel free to add on yours!
1) Yes, you can see all those places in the amount of time you have… out of the window of an airplane. Cut your itinerary in half.
2) Consult a map. Those places are nowhere near each other.
3) It will take you longer to get from point A to point B than you expect. Always.
4) But don’t forget about point C, which is in between points A and B and is a great place to see.
5) If you’re planning to spend every night on a night train, you will drop dead from exhaustion halfway through your trip. Stay put for a night or two and check into a hostel.
6) If you are North American, no, you cannot stay in the Schengen countries for more than 90 days on a tourist visa.
7) Yes, you probably need a visa for most Eastern European countries. And yes, you should have applied for it months ago.
8) A round-trip ticket with a flexible return date is cheaper than two one-way tickets. If you’re a student, ask a student travel agency (like STA or Travel Cuts).
9) Your ATM card will work in Europe as long as you check with your bank in advance and make sure to get a 4-digit numeric PIN.
10) Yes, you packed too much. Go put half of it away.
11) Yes, you still packed too much.
12) McDonald’s with a French menu does not count as sampling the local cuisine.
13) Ios and Corfu are not near each other. You need to take a bus, and some ferries, and another bus, and another ferry, and probably a stop in Athens overnight.
14) High-speed trains and couchettes for night trains require a reservation, even with a railpass. They have surcharges too.
15) There is nothing to see in Pisa besides the tower.
16) Keep your passport and valuables with you at all times, preferably safely hidden in a money belt under your clothes.
17) Learning how to say "lease", "thank you", and "excuse me" in the local language is priceless.
18) You will probably get sick when you travel. Take cold medicine and cough syrup.
19) Murphy’s law of packing: if it can leak, it will. Take ziplocs.
20) It’s not wrong; it’s just different.
Anyone have any others?