Winter is setting in here in Joburg, and I am seriously considering a temporary migration to warmer parts soon. I’m plannng a trip to Europe to catch up with friends there, visit some festivals and get the full Europe summer experience. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Europe a few times before, but never in summer. Exciting times!
Trail vs. Plane, what is the best way to visit Europe?
One of the coolest parts about travelling in Europe for me is the great rail network that connects the various countries. As much as I love road trips, train travel is just as cool, especially for the independent traveller who likes some flexibility.
I’ve taken inter-city trains between Frankfurt and Berlin and in Sweden and Denmark, and overnight trains in India. When I was a teenager, I dreamt of doing the ultimate European rail trip crossing the continent by train. How romantic!
Personally, I’d much rather take a fast train than a flight. Who needs to worry about hectic airport security and luggage restrictions? As much as I appreciate Europe’s low cost airlines, they are even more complicated than South African ones, with complicated luggage rules and sometimes you even pay extra if you don’t print you ticket!
Train travels allows me to see more of a country than I would just flying from city to city, appreciating landscapes instead of soulless airports. Rail stations are also centrally located thereby save on often-expensive airport transport. Even better, trains are an eco-friendly travel option, so I feel less guilty about my carbon footprint.
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