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How Eurail Passes Can Save You Money

Have you heard about the Eurail pass? Travelers who don’t have enough money have been travelling across Europe by using rail passes. However, the main question is does the Eurail pass worth it? In this article, we shall discuss when you need the Eurail pass.

What is a Eurail pass?

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The Eurail pass were first made for the purpose of helping people not to buy individual train tickets. So with the card, you only need to buy one pass and you use it on any train. Once you board a train, you just show the conductor your card and that’s it!

However, nowadays it is not as easy as before, even though the idea remains the same. Sadly, the Eurail has started to lose its luster because they are quite complicated and travelers are charged additional fees.

Eurail versus single

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A single ticket covers one area to another, and it is usually based on distance. However, certain companies charge a lot during peak times. However, if you purchase in advance, you will get the pass at a lower price.

On the other hand, with a Eurail pass, you only pay once, therefore it is easy to know the amount of money you will be spending.

Estimating the value Eurail

One of the easiest ways of estimating the value of a Eurail pass is to divide the charges of the Eurail pass by either the number of rides or days that the pass offers. For instance, if the Eurail pass offers 20 travel days within one month period, it may cost around $750. This means you will be spending around $38. Therefore, if you were to purchase single tickets, you will expect them to cost anywhere around that figure.

As aforementioned, it is not easy to estimate the price of single tickets. So the best thing to do is to check out rome2rio.com or raileurope.com and make some estimations there.

So is the Eurail pass a great deal?

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Well, the answer to this question is a yes or no! In short it depends

If you are aged between 12 and 25, then you qualify for the youth pass, this can save you a lot of money. On the other hand, if you are aged 26 or more, you will be prompted to buy a first class ticket. This is a good thing because you get to stay far away from the youngsters in second class. However,  you will pay 50 percent for the first class pass. Therefore, if you are not under age 26, the Eurail pass may not be the best option for you, unless you are comfortable with riding on first class.

 Are you looking for the cheapest option?

Well, the truth is that the Eurail pass is not really the cheapest option. Purchasing individual train tickets month early enough is one of the cheapest ways to get train tickets. However, the tickets are usually not refundable and you can’t change them either

Cheap Ways to Travel across Europe

With breathtaking architecture and some of the most incredible culture and beaches on the planet, it is no doubt that Europe is one place that many travelers from across the globe love to visit. Even though the hotel and air tickets have shot up, one can still get to enjoy all the good things that come from Italy, England, and Germany within budget. If you are ready for a trip of a lifetime, the check out the following cheap ways to travel across Europe.

Pick your dates carefully

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Europe has the best summer ever. However, it can be too hot and sweaty and filled with expensive and gills. Therefore, instead of losing all your cash in exchange for some sunlight, why don’t you try to adjust your travel dates? Although you may be forced to carry some heavy clothes during winter, it is still the perfect time to visit Europe because there are lesser tourists, fun holiday markets, and stunning basilicas.

Be smart when considering cross-continent travel

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Every single day, people fly to different destinations. Unlike before, today the golden age of airfare has become a norm. However, the train is still the best option. Instead of using a plane to hop from one country to another, get yourself a Eurail pass. The pass comes with some options that including boarding and alighting in the cities of your choice.

Travel outside of the map

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Europe is big; we have Paris, London, Rome, and so many other places one can visit. However, if you want to travel to Europe on a budget, go to areas that are less visit but are still incredible. A good example includes Milan, Brussels and even Prague. These are just but a few of the many cities that are yet to be explored by you. You can book hotels in these areas at a pocket-friendly deal.

Look for a home away from home

Before you leave for Europe, decide the kind of traveler you would like to be. Are you a backpacker? If so, there are a number sites such as Bercuti.My that can help you get a good hostel at an affordable rate. If you are looking for a classy and cozy place to sleep for the night, then you can get great deals at Bercuti.My. This option is way better than paying for the hotel up front.

You need to eat like a European

Most European cities are filled with farmer’s markets, supermarkets, pop carts and mom. Instead of spending a lot of money on a leisurely meal, why don’t you save your cash and time by purchasing a few groceries from the market? You can also go for picnics to some of the best parks in Europe. You can also take a walk around your hotel or homestay and take a quick bite. In winter, holiday markets are the perfect spot to buy takeaway foods and affordable mulled wine. This way, you will be saving a lot of cash and having fun at the same time.

10 Best Airport Tips: How To Stay Calm and Save Time At The Airport

For first time travelers, going for a trip to a foreign country may seem daunting and might be a stressful experience – especially if you’ve never set foot on an airplane before! Here are some tips that I personally write based on my own experience that I think might help.

#1 Make your own drinks
Foods and drinks at the airport are always a rip off. Imagine paying almost 10bucks just for a cup of coffee or tea. Well, to save money, I would usually bring my own teabag or instant coffee packets (most of the time I would ‘steal’ from my accommodation). I would then ask for hot water from any cafes/ restaurants, in which it costs me less than a dollar, and make my own drink. I always believe that; saving money on drinks means spending more money on souvenirs!

#2 Four wheel is better than two
Don’t you agree that travelling by planes involves a lot of queuing? I have been travelling for quite a lot of times to know that 4 wheel bag is easier to go through the horrible queue at the airport. This is for some reasons;
a) easier to manoeuvre through the sharp corners and turns (you know, airport queue usually has this snake-like sharp turns instead of one long straight line)
b) easier to pull beside and parallel to you, and hence
c) avoid hitting other people who queuing behind you (or in my case, avoid hitting anyone anywhere arounddddd me in 1m radius)

#3 Avoid belt! Avoid watch! Avoid stainless-steel!
If you have travelled by a plane before, then you will know that the most annoying thing in the airport is that beeping sound that body screening machine makes when you innocently walk through it. What is worst for men is when the officer asks you to take off your belt.. or watch. So, to ease your way through the annoying beeping sound, avoid wearing anything that make it beeps; in which usually the cases are belts and stainless steel watch. I would ALWAYS be belt-less and watch-less for any of my flights. (Though, be sure that your pants are tight enough without a belt or oppsie!)

#4 No water bottle!
Do not bring your own water bottle. All airports (with international flights) have the Liquid Rule where any liquid more than 100ml is NOT ALLOWED. So if you have any drink that is more than 100ml, you will need to throw it away. However, if the drink is in your own water bottle/container which you don’t want to throw away, you will need to chug and drink it all up! I see a lot of cases where travelers struggle to finish their drinks and sprint their way to the toilet soon after. My advice is to bring only disposable water bottle, so that you can easily throw it away. The liquid rule leads us to my next point.

 

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#5 Go tiny
The Liquid Rule states that you are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. So, always pack your stuff in tiny amount. I could never forget that wretched feeling when the security officer confiscated my favourite branded perfume once. Since then, I NEVER bring any of my favorite toiletries (or perfume or lotion) in full size. I would pack them in the travel-sized kit. Or if I am lazy, I would usually bring any free samples or tester units of toiletries I have. (The ones you would usually get when you buy certain stuff).

#6 Toilet before departing
This is actually my Mom’s tip. She always reminds everyone to use the toilet before getting on the plane. You would never know who sits beside you and how the toilet has been. There was this one time when I sat at the window seat next to these two huge European guys who slept all the way through the flight. I wanted to pee so badly but had to hold it in because I couldn’t pass through the huge guys’ long legs. Then, when I ultimately managed to escape from my seat, there was a longgggg queue. What’s even worst is when I FINALLY got my foot in the toilet, it smelled like someone just dropped a terrible fart explosion. (Cry)

#7 Comfort comes first
If you are flying on a long haul flight, always make sure that you make yourself comfortable. If you don’t have money for Business Class (like me) and fly with a low-budget airline, bring your own neck pillow, blanket, sock and etc as they won’t provide them for you. Comfort is very important, especially to elderly and little children. If they are uncomfortable throughout the long hours in the flight, they will most probably feel crappy, grumpy and moody for the rest of the day ahead. I always bring my own neck pillow and eye mask whenever I travel far. (But usually I will not be the one using them because my parents are too lazy to bring their own and I end up sacrificing my own comfort for their comfort).

#8 Keep EVERYTHING in place
Always be aware and alert of where you put your important stuff, like the passport and boarding ticket. My aunt once lost hers and her husband’s passports because she unconsciously put the passports somewhere. When I asked ‘Where did you put last?’, she couldn’t remember and nothing jogged her memory. She just wasn’t alert and attentive to where she put her stuff. They frantically searched for it, and finally we found it… in her jacket.
My tip: I always keep my 3P’s (passport, phone, and boarding pass) at the SAME place EVERY time, and constantly check on them from time to time (even sometimes chanting while I’m at it).

#9 Take photo of everyone at the airport
I always take a photo of everyone (in my group) beforehand. So if anyone is missing or anything bad happens, I will have the latest photo of them and it would be easy for anyone (like the police) to make face recognition. When I was in Auckland Airport, my mother’s friends went missing. We went separate ways after we landed, and promised to wait for each other at the arrival gate. Minutes after minutes passed by, and they didn’t show up. We waited for an hour, and thank goodness that I had a photo of them, so our tour guide and me teamed up to find them. It was easy to search and aim through the big crowd when we know how they look like and what colour they are wearing (by referring to the photo I’d taken at the KLIA before we flew).

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#10 Know the different airport rules / culture
Some international airports have their own rules or culture that are different from others. Make sure that you know that beforehand, so it would not trouble you. For example (I am writing this based on my own experience), Australia and New Zealand are quite strict with outsider’s food products. You can’t simply bring your sambal tumis your Mom made you or your kampung serunding or any Malaysian self-packed meals into these countries. They will check your bags, ask you to open it, ask you bunch of questions, ask you to declare them and whatnot and yada yada yada… My mother’s tip is; if you bring your own food, make sure it is labelled and the ingredients are listed. If will ease the checking process. Another shocking rule I just found out recently from my NZ trip is that pepper spray is illegal in New Zealand! Heck, I didn’t know that. My bag was detained when the security officer found my pepper spray in it. They confiscated the pepper spray, asked me to fill up some forms, and let me off with a warning. It took a while and it was nerve wracking I tell youuuuuuuuuu. How I wish someone could have told me about it 

Top Travel Tips – Russia

If you are looking for a rich cultural vacation experience, then Russia would make a superb vacation destination. Russia is a massive country. It is actually twice the size of the USA. The culture in Russia is also very different to that of the United States, and as you may expect there is a lot to see and do, much more than you will ever be able to cover in a single holiday.

Russia has a rich history as a superpower, however they have gone through a lot of political changes and upheaval in the past few decades. All this makes Russia a fascinating country with a rich history and a unique culture, well worth visiting.

Travelers should be aware that there are a lot of problems with health and public infrastructure in certain parts of Russia, so it is best to assume, for example, that tap water is not safe to drink.

You don’t have to look very far to get satisfying answers about your travel questions for traveling to Russia. One excellent online resource is The U.S. State Department website. You will find great information and helpful tips for travel in Russia, such as the visa requirements for entering the country and more. Naturally, you cannot enter the country unless you have the proper documents such as a passport and visa. So be sure to comply with the visa requirements. It is an essential part of your Russia vacation planning. One important tip for travel in Russia is this. It could actually take at least two weeks to get your visa, so you need to plan properly. Failure to do so could mean that you may have to cancel your travel plans if your visa does not arrive on time. On the other hand, if you plan well and apply for your visa weeks in advance, you can get all the necessary travel documents in a timely fashion. Another important tip you need to know before going to Russia is that taxis in Russia very seldom use meters. You will need to negotiate with the taxi driver in advance. Failure to do this could result in a conflict or exorbitant fees, so bear this in mind.

Safety In Russia

While Russia is an interesting country with a lot of magnificent sights to see, there are some safety problems ‘ thieves are common, and there is a relatively high amount of violent crime. Some areas are safer than others, so it is a good idea to research the places you plan to visit before you leave, and take basic precautions such as keeping valuables out of sight and not carrying large amounts of cash.

Russia is a wonderful country with a rich heritage and some wonderful cultural institutions. The ballet companies are amazing, and there are some very good museums that everyone should try to visit while they are in the country.

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