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We’re about to head out again.  We stopped at home for almost a week, and we only have a few weeks before school starts again, so itchy feet for the win!

Acutally, our next trip is in part thanks to Eurail.  They’ve sponsored us with Global Passes, and we’ve decided to really hit some unknown places, in countries that we’ve not traveled much or at all.  How exciting is that?

We have traveled by train before, but we’ve never designed our entire trip around the train.  So this will be a brand new experience for us, a challenge even.  We’ve chosen to travel through countries that we don’t speak any of the language, and if you’ve traveled at all by train before you know how incomprehensible some train schedules can be.

But, that is part of the allure isn’t it.  I can honestly say that after living in western Europe these past three years, I really haven’t had to work at travel.  It’s so easy here.  I may not be fluent in any other language but English, but I can decipher many of the languages that border Germany.  The hardest being Denmark.  Those Scandinavian tongues move in ways mine just has not figured out yet.

I did take some Russian in college, but hey, let’s face it.  That was a little while ago.  I’m not bad at knowing the Cyrillic letters, so that  might help…a little bit.

As you’ve probably guessed, we really aren’t sure of our itinerary.  Not being big on pre-planning, we haven’t even really locked down which countries we want to make sure to visit.  I have a feeling, we’ll be going to at least some of the following: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria.  I just don’t know.  Any suggestions?

And that’s why this trip, I think, will be quite different than the other trips we’ve taken.  We don’t really have to plan ahead, and I don’t want to.  I like the idea of finding great places, staying as long as I want, then moving on.  It sounds freeing, if a bit intimidating.

What we do know, is that every train we’ve been on, no matter where in the world, it will be fun.  I love looking out the huge windows of the countryside whizzing by.  I love seeing the farmlands, the cityscapes, the villages.  I will relish the tiny train stations as well as the large.  I know it will be a chance to talk to people I would never have an opportunity to meet otherwise.

I can’t wait!

How about it?  What do you think of traveling by train through countries you’ve never been?

We’d love for you to follow us on our social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.  We will try to post at least once per day, depending on wifi availability.  We’ll be using the hashtag #Eurail since they provided us with this adventure via their Global Passes.  Come along!

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  1. Wow, that is amazing. Travelling by train is awesome. I love watching the countryside flash by, my only quibble being that sometimes the windows aren’t clean enough for photo taking. The best part is there is no waiting like at airports and the stations are usually in the middle of the city. Have a great time!

  2. Your trip sounds amazing. I have only been to the Czech Republic of the places you mentioned so I can’t really recommend any countries, but I did travel around by hop-on/off bus through western Europe and Czech Republic. It was great. The experience will be even more exciting by train, I’m sure. But you’re right. No need to plan. Just go, take your time. So fun!

    1. Karen, We’re finding out that with only 21 days to use that there is a little more planning than we are used to, but hey, it’s all part of the fun! Stay tuned!

  3. That sounds like a great adventure into the unknown – the best kind. Train travel is great. We’ve done a bit of it around Europe – usually a very easy way to travel. Although, there was this one time many, many years ago taking the train in Poland and not understanding the announcement only to find out the train had split and the car I was on headed off in a completely different direction then I my destination. A very expensive taxi ride got us back to where we were supposed to be 🙂

  4. Sounds great! I would love to travel by train to places like that. I think train travel is a little bit easier than bus travel, especially in places where you do not understand the language. Hope you have a wonderful time.

  5. As you know from living here, train travel is such a way of life in Korea. Someone told me the other day that they are building a new fast train that will hurtle along at 500km an hour. It’s supposed to be up and running for the winter olympics. I traveled by train in Spain, and Czech and loved both experiences. I just love sitting back and watching the world go by. I’m doing that this morning as I go to Seoul to meet a blogging friend 🙂 Enjoy your train adventures!

  6. How exciting! I can’t wait to see where your adventure takes you. Also, I am a bit jealous of having all those cool destinations so close. Wonderful sponsorship, congratulations. You most definitely inspired me.

    1. Rhonda, Aw shucks! Thank you. I am equally inspired by you. Believe it or not, we are not even sure of our route yet…We are very lackadaisical travelers and sometimes it bites us in the rear!

  7. I really enjoy train travel, and love not having to worry a car, parking, etc. It is also great for sightseeing and catching up on work, which you can’t do when driving:) But it also has the drawbacks of not being able to just get up and leave whenever you want. Enjoy your trip. We were actually looking at using our Eurail passes in Eastern Europe as well this winter but I think it looks like we are going to end up in Egypt and Morocco instead. I need to check out your recent posts on Egypt!

  8. Woohoo! Sounds like a great new adventure. Traveling by train can be fun, but it is definitely the slow way to go – at least in SE Asia. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

  9. Let me know what you think about Romania if you make it there, Corinne. I’m curious if you’ll like it. By all means, stop in Transylvania. You won’t regret it.

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