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Whether you have a break during your studies or want an extended holiday travelling around one of the most culturally diverse places in the world, interrailing around Europe is an amazing experience. With the ability to buy a singular ticket and travel around Europe as much as you want will you selected time, interrailing is the perfect getaway. But before you set off on the experience here’s a look at some interrailing tips for 2019.

 

Additional Charges

Although the price of the ticket is fair and affordable, there are some extra charges to expect while travelling. For longer journeys, some train stations will ask for a booking fee to reserve your place on the train. It usually occurs for the longer trips to the more popular times to travel, I.e. travelling from Barcelona to Rome during the evening, will be costly as most people try to save on accommodation by using evening travel.

 

Travel Route

There might be a dozen cities you want to visit and heading to the one you’re most excited about from might not be the best plan. Mapping out all the places you want to go to and working out the shortest routes to avoid extended train journeys helps you make the most out of each city. Trying to fit in 5-8 cities is a difficult task if you want 3 or 4 days to really explore the area, and tactically changing your train duration from 8 hours to 3 hours will add up over time. With the right travel accessories, you can also consider overnight trains to save on spending money on a hostel for the night.

 

Protect Your Money

You have to put a lot of trust in hostels with your luggage, and at times you might feel like you are at a crossroads with whether you should take all your money out with your or leave some in your bag. Luckily for the past few years, a travel card is the safest way to store your money. Working as a modern-day traveller’s cheque, a traveller card works in the same way as a debit card, you simply transfer your daily or weekly funds onto it and pay for goods and services on it. With better foreign rates and the ability to keep your money safe on it to avoid being robbed of all of your money, it’s one of the most important things to get before you set off interrailing.

 

Review Your Recommendations

Online articles about where to visit in a city can quickly become outdated, along with the prices of goods and services. When you arrive at your accommodation, it’s worth speaking to the owners and other residents to see if online information lines up with locals and peoples recommendations.

There’s nothing like escaping the winter blues with a wonderful holiday in the sun. When it’s grey and dreary at home, sometimes you need to get away from it all. So, if you’re headed off to a sunnier climate, then here’s a guide to what to pack for your winter holiday:

 

Where are you going?

First thing’s first, where are you headed? Keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure you’re packing smart. Perhaps you’re headed on an all-inclusive holiday in the Caribbean, or maybe you’ve opted for a cruise in the Mediterranean, either way, there is a small chance you may encounter some unpredictable weather. Keep this in mind when you’re packing your bag.

 

Essentials

Any fashion blog will tell you that there are endless trends when it comes to what to take on holiday. But you should forget them (for now) and take it back to basics with some much-needed holiday essentials. Remember your toiletry bag should be filled with all your favourite holiday minis, including antibacterial gel and after sun. Then there’s all the necessary travel documents and passport, best kept it a handy wallet to make sure everything is together.

 

Entertainment

Even if you’re only going to be on the plane for a couple of hours, there’s no harm in bringing some entertainment for the journey. Pack a couple of those unread books you’ve had sat on your bookshelf and grab a couple of magazine’s from the airport lounge. You can also download a couple of games you can still play on your phone while on airplane mode.

 

Key Outfits

When it comes to packing for holiday there’s one golden rule – less is more! Yes, you want to cram your suitcase to the rim with all your outfits, but every item needs to be well thought-out. It’s best to bring a couple of vests, t-shirts, womens sleepwear and basic cotton shorts. These will be your go-to items when you’re by the pool or chilling at the hotel bar.

Then, there are the other outfits for occasions where you’re headed on an excursion or out to dinner. Be sure to pack a little black dress, as this can be paired with practically everything! And don’t forget to pack some heels or wedges if you plan on visiting the local bars and clubs.

 

Accessories

Nothing says ‘beach babe’ than a well-accessorised look. Body chains, necklaces and some holiday-style anklets should all be considered essentials! A large beach bag is also a must, along with your favourite pair of sunglasses (and some spares). Accessories should be kept to a minimum, so as not to take up room in your suitcase that could be used for clothes!

It is officially Winter which means it’s time to ditch the swim shorts and sun cream and start layering up. Although Winter can often feel long, dark and dreary, there is no better way to cheer yourself up than investing in some seasonal knits. Knitwear is an important staple in any man and woman’s wardrobe. This year the runway has left you spoilt for choice as an abundance of styles hit high-street retail which means you’re bound to love one (or two, or three) and there is no excuse for being cold.

Statement

The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark, cold weather with a pop of vibrance. You can even take this to the next level by trying the psychedelic geometric patterns which will ensure you make a bold statement this Winter. Another way of turning heads is to try a neon or animal print jumper which were all the rave at New York Fashion Week AW/18.

Oversized

This trend is extremely popular this year which isn’t surprising considering it offers extreme comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with pretty much anything. You can find oversized branded jumpers anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top tip is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your oversized jumper with a pair of boots for that ultimate cute-chic look, or if the thought of bare legs makes you cold, then pair with a pair of jeans or tights for that extra snug look.

Crop

Whatever style jumper you like, you are sure to be able to find it cropped. Although a crop is not everyone’s cup of hot chocolate, a baggy cropped jumper can be super flattering when worn with a pair of high waisted jeans or trousers.

Crew Neck

The crew neck is a timeless cut within fashion and looks perfect on a jumper for that laid-back, uber trendy look. The crew neck jumper works perfectly when layering under a jack or on top of a roll neck. It also looks incredibly smart under a blazer.

Roll Neck

The roll neck knit is extremely popular and 90s throwback that everyone is enjoying. Roll necks work best in dark colours such as black, navy and grey and are perfect to wear under a big coat or a tailored jacket and paired with a scarf. It is important to remember that when you wear a roll neck, it is the pinnacle of your whole outfit, so make sure you dress around it. If you opt for a roll neck in a vibrant colour, then keep in mind to tone the vibrancy down with a heavy piece of neutral outwear.