Meet the community | Introduce yourself!


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Hi, newbies! We are ​​​​​super excited to have you here with us! :raised_hands:


With many new members, with an interest for European train travel, joining the forum, we think it’s important to create a space for you to share a little more about yourself.

Maybe you are new to the community or haven’t had a change to say hello! Either way, we can't wait to get to know you and your aspirations.

So, let's all introduce ourselves  
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What's your name? Where do you come from? What are you passionate about? What do you love about train travel and Europe? 


Of course feel free to add anything more. You can share your favorite vacation spot, favorite book, place on your bucket list, picture of your pet, etc. Anything you’d like to share!

-- If you happen to see anyone who is new to the community feel free to share this thread with them!


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Let me kick this off! 
 

My name is Nanja and I am the Online Community Manager at Eurail. Happy to be here with you and have a chance to create this space for all Eurail and Interrail users (to be), to connect, exchange inspiration and share knowledge with each other 🌍.

I am from the Netherlands and passionate about – yes, no real surprise there – travelling. I especially love to dip into the culture of places around the world and learn and bring home new recipes to enrich my cooking skills 🍴 which is another great passion of mine!  One of my favorite places is Sweden because of its scenic nature and freedom to roam 🌱. In my free time you can also find me looking for inspiration on interior design

This feeling of freedom, with the ever-changing scenic views passing by is what got me to love train travel. The ease of meeting new people and broaden my horizon add to this.

Enough about me, the stage is yours now! 🎤

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Hello, I am Albie from England.

I did my first Interrail in September 2018, when I had the fantastic opportunity to travel with the #DiscoverEU programme.

Ever since then, I have been passionate about travelling around anywhere in Europe (and even beyond) by rail, and I am now at 30 countries. I have many Interrail passes under my belt, and am excited to travel using them again.

I also run a YouTube channel where I share my views on different railway experiences around the world (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCegbOORofMuQJyn_0Xfvwcw). I have travelled on many different trains to countless destinations, and am always happy to share my experiences and knowledge with others.

Can’t wait to get travelling again!

Look forward to meeting and discussing with you all in the Eurail Community. :grinning:

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Hello,

I’m Akif and am from Sweden.

 

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, I’ve decided to permanently forgo air travel. I was studying abroad in France when this decision came about. After I concluded my studies I had to find an alternative way home; I bought my first Interrail ticket with a single goal – to make it back home. Opening up the map I saw the endless detours—and that’s how I lived the best summer of my life.

Everyone assumed it would limit my travel options (which in a way it has), however, travelling with trains opened up numerous opportunities, lead to quite many unexpected adventures. My proudest achievement is when I returned home after two months of travelling and inspired my mother and sister to join me on my adventure to Turkey two weeks later. My greatest travelling pet peeve is to always be singled out by  border polices.

I’m a molecular biologist by education, currently a microbiologist by trade, a poet at heart and an aspiring author (perpetually stuck in the research phase) by passion.

I’m currently planning my July interrailing if the pandemic will allow it. Fingers crossed.

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Bonjour à tous!

My name is Benjamin and I am a travelholic! Its my passion to collect new countries, especially by exploring them in trains with openable windows. As I am from Switzerland, I love mountains and lakes and therefore boat rides, especially at sunset time. So, in my free time you can often find me on lake constance.

Btw, you get there 50% discount with your interrail pass (many people dont know this benefit since it is not published in interrail app or webpage).

Until now I did 10 interrail trips, and I already have plans for the next ones. But first I will do an trip through Kosovo, Albania and North Macedonia in begin of july, and then a trip to Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine in begin of September.

I am glad that international travelling will finally get possible again!

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Hi iam Sebastian and love traveling by train. Iam from Berlin(Germany) and work actual for German Railnetwork (Keep everything in shape for your trips in and around  Berlin) before that i had many travels with Interrail and Eurail Grouptours across Europe. Mainly you will catch me ofcourse in Berlin or somwhere in Austria,Switzerland, Northern Italy, Germany and Czech Republic.

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Hello! 😃

My name is Dennis and I'm from Denmark. For many years I wanted to try interrail but never got to do it. Then in 2019 at 31 I finally bought a one month ticket! Travelled to Germany, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italy. It was SO much fun! Got to meet so many people (I travel alone as that's how I like it). People are so friendly on travels and I'm very open so it was easy for me to find someone to join every day.

My plan was to do it again in 2020 but then covid hit 😞. 2021 fall or 2022 spring I will do it again after I get the vaccine so I don't need to take PCR all the time.

Also I've recently changed from working in IT to working on sea. This means I'll work one month then one month off. This is because I got tired of a desk job and too little free time. With my new job I'll be able to travel for weeks every second month!! 🥰

 

Looking forward for more travels!! ^^

 

 

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Good afternoon all :) I'm Sarah, originally from the UK but imported to the Netherlands around 18 months ago. People and places are my true passions, and I particularly like spontaneous train trips and exploring little known neighbourhoods. Top of my travel wishlist for later this year, a 3-week Scandinavian adventure.

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Hey!

I’m Tess, a filmmaker from the Netherlands. I live in Spain and have always loved travelling. I enjoy exploring new cultures and discovering the stories of the people who live there.

I made my first Interrail journey in 2019 with my boyfriend after we graduated high school. We went up to Sweden from Spain through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. 

We would love to make another trip by train through Italy. We can’t wait to try real gelato!!

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Excited to be part of the community on this new platform! I'm Mattheas, 26 y/o from the Netherlands and - of course - I love travelling by train. I did my first Interrail trip in 2014 (which was my first solo trip as well), and have made many railway journeys with and without Interrail after that. 

I like to have a varied trip and prefer to take the slow route. This way I get to meet the locals and explore some off-the-beaten-path destinations. Spain is my favourite Eurail country. While it may seem like the “worst” country to travel with Eurail, it's much more doable than you might think!

I'm studying data science and I'm a hobbyist cartographer on the side. Cheers!

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Good Evening,my name is Davide,i m from Milan.

I  m interrailer since july 1990,and our first IR was dramathic,because it was not valid after Bebra/Gerstungen,and the agency ,which sold us it,did not know that IR was unvalid since 1972,in any Eastern European land.

For first IR i did 20000km in one month.

As rail  enthusiast too,i planned many roundtrips based on itinerary of old famous trains,expecially in Eastern Europe(for example “Vindobona”,”Meridian”,”Pannonia Express”,”KAshtan”,”Bulgaria express”,so trips by High speed  Trains as Barcelona Madrid,BArcelona Paris,Bruxelles Frankfurt,Eurostar Bruxelles/Paris-London;Railjet Graz Praha,Villach Berlin.

I was many times to Bucuresti and i m married with a romanian woman since 2001.With my wife i did 8 IR roundtrips too,touching city as London,Paris,Kopenhaghen,Berlin,Oslo,Budapest,Wien.

My last IR is dated september 2020,touching Dresden,BasteiBruecke,Ostseebad Biinz,KAp Arkona,Steam train near Binz,Innsbruck,Berlin,ZUrich,Bernina Express.

I hope, in next july, to get by IR to Bergen,via Lotschberg Basistunnel-Basel-Frankfurt-Hamburg Padborg Hirtshals,then Flambahn.Back to Milan by Oslo Kopenhaghen ferry,ICE Kopèenhaghen Hamburg Berlin..ack to Milano via NJ471 to Basel,then ICE to chur,finally Bernina Express to St Moritz and Tirano.

For my first post is enough

 

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Hello everybody ☺️

I'm Nesh from Bulgaria, 38/M. In love with trains all my life. Interrailing last 5 years, but before that I used to work for state railways and we were able to travel across Europe with similar free tickets called FIP. So more than 10 years on European rails 😊

For 2021 I have 60 days mobile pass, still not sure about starting date but I hope before July 15th. Plan is Italy - France - Switzerland - Austria - Czechia - Germany - Belgium and Poland. For me the most comfortable is to stay in a hostel for about a week with daily trips, then move to another one and again and again.

Sorry, English is not my first language, so I ll just do my best 🙂

Stay cool 🥰

 

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Hi,

my name is Lukas and I live near Vienna.

I haven’t done an Interrail trip yet, but I definitely want to. :upside_down:  As I’m turning 18 this year, I hope to get the opportunity to get a #DiscoverEU pass. I am not sure yet, which route I would choose for my first trip, but I am thinking about Scandinavian or Baltic countries.

However, I have already done countless day trips with trains. Every summer, the Austrian railways are offering a special pass for whole Austria and I always love to visit a new place every day with it. Apart from that, I’ve also done trips to many neighbouring countries, including Slovakia, Hungary, Germany and so on.

I’m already excited for meeting you all and discovering new ideas for future journeys. :slight_smile:

See you,

Lukas

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Hello everyone!

I am from Hull UK, I've always liked travelling by train but so far only around the UK apart from the odd train whilst on holiday in Spain and Austria.

Interailling around Europe is very high on my bucket lists things to do, so since it's my 50th next summer and my sons 18th within 8 days of each other I thought that's a good focal point to make my dream reality.

Along with my son and a good friend of mine we have been planning a 3 week trip for next August, yes we've changed our destinations countless times and we probably will do so much more but it's very exciting to look forward to the day we get on that first train on our 3 week journey! 

One of our shared passions between the three of us is football, so we plan to visit some famous stadiums on our journey, even watchba game or 2 would be awesome. 

Look forward to gain some others experiences and tips we've got a long 13 months to plan (and probably change our destinations again!). 

 

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Helloooo everyone ! :wave_tone1:

I’m Marie, 26 years old, from Belgium. As you can imagine, I absolutely love travelling and I’m about to do my first solo trip in August ! Heading to Italy, if you have tips, I’m all ears. :smiley:

I love to dance (I’m currently learning bachata and salsa, and soon contemporary dance), to do yoga, to walk in nature, to meet people, to do cultural activities (cinema, theatre) and to discover new cultures.

I’m working in the environment sector - reason why I really want to experience a train trip ! :earth_africa:

So happy to plan my trip and to join this community. :blush:

All the best.

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Hello everyone,  I am originally from NY and have been living in beautiful Mexico for 35+years.  My spouse and I took our first eurail trip 3 years ago.  We had an amazing experience with ups and downs,  running for trains ( we never missed one), meeting nice, friendly people from all around the world. We are looking forward to another trip hopefully next year. If I can be of any help to anyone else it would be my pleasure 😊.  Looking forward to discovering the new community of eurail. 

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Hi my name is Nadine and me and my sister are planning a trip for next summer. We are looking at Eastern Europe for a little bit cheaper and chalking experience because we are our self from the west and have seen al lot around that part of Europe. I am looking here for fun routes and ideas on place you don’t want to miss. And where I am able I will share my advice on the place I have already visited. Looking forward to meeting lot of new people and having cool experiences. 

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Hey Hey, Platform already looking pretty snazzy! My name is Hayden and I am from Johannesburg in South Africa, now currently adventuring in the Netherlands/ Europe. My passion is overall to enjoy as many unique experiences to broaden my own horizons! So looking forward to also tasting your newly learned recipes@Nanja!

 

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Hello!

A few things about me: I'm now 32 years old, from the beautiful region around Cologne and can't deny that I'm from the Rhineland because my glass is always half full and I like to take obsticles with humor. 

So far I only visited Vienna and Amsterdam by train, but would love to change this. My possible route will be Denmark, Sweden and Norway at the next chance. My goal is to not use a plane at this trip.

I enjoyed visiting Scotland, Ireland, Czech Republic and England, they are my favourite countrys so far. 😊

In my spare time I read a lot, watch movies or series and like cooking/ baking. 

 

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Hello All!

My name is Tom, I’m retired and I live in Seattle. I am a Canadian by birth and heart and have dual citizenship with Canadian and US passports. I love trains since backpacking in Europe with a Eurail pass when I was 21. Armed with a Thomas Cook timetable I loved the advantages of train travel.  The cars were compartments of six seats which we layed flat to sleep on until border control woke us. Loved the ability to buy my food in town and then eat my lunch on the train. Better than driving a car with all the obvious reasons. Stayed in hostels and pensions across Europe, took a boat to the Canary Islands when the Worlds worst airplane crash happened on Tenerife while there. Chris-crossed back across Europe to Vienna to see the World hockey championships. I enjoy trying the local language with a high level of respect for Europeans that can speak multiple languages. 

The ability to be spontaneous with a Eurail pass (In 2019 jumped on a train to Venice for a day trip when in Florence) makes train travel all the more exciting. 

The respect for other cultures were ingrained though hostel buddies and engaging with locals. I am still self-planning and traveling, now passing these joys onto my wife. Hostels have been replaced with small owner run hotels and the Mobile Pass is my newest challenge. Planning a 6 country trip this coming May for one month. Over the past 10 years I have used Rick Steve’s resources to plan the trips. 

Keep on travelling!

Hello! Nice to meet you all!

I’m in my gap year and started the interrail adventure 4 days ago!

Left from France, currently in Netherlands, heading to Greece. 

I would be really happy to meet new people on the way and i’m quite flexible on countries I’ll visit so let’s make plans together!

I already met people with this really nice website for interrailers: https://www.inntouch.fr/ 

See you around! 

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Hi everyone. I live in England but have been using European trains from over 40 years! My wife and I have travelled in nearly every European country. Our next trip is to Norway - by train of course and then its off to Italy and finally an overland to Bucharest and Istanbul and then into Turkey in Asia. Happy to help novice travellers. 

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Hello everyone, so wonderful to be a part of this community! I'm Shawn, born in France but now living in beautiful Tampa, Florida. Very much enjoy experiencing new (to me!l) places and try to travel locally (in the US) three or four shorter trips each year with a longer trip (three weeks or so) to Europe once a year. Train travel is my preferred mode, whenever possible. Not a fan of tours or coach trips but I am planning to try a river cruise very soon. I appreciate being a part of this community!

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Hi Interrailers, my name is Csilla and I came from Hungary. I live in Budapest with my daugter and my husband. We were in 2018 in Croatia (Solta Island) by trainand it was a fantastic experience. We would like to explore Europe in this summer (2021) as it possible. We planned it last year but Covide-19 came. So we hope this summer will be better and we can do it. Good travel for everyone. :)

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Greetings from Glenn in the USA!!  My wife and I are both retired and are planning to tour Europe this winter. We will travel to as many countries as the 90 day limit will permit which will hopefully include The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France. 
 

Then another two months in the UK. (Whew) 

I purchased the Eurail Global Pass and will use the mobile app with both our passes on one device. I am hopeful for a stress free experience using the mobile app. 
 

See ya down the road. 😃

 

Glenn

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Hi there!

My name is Ruben and I live in the Netherlands. I’ve made 2 Interrail trips before with my girlfriend (now my wife) :

Summer 2014:
Utrecht - Kopenhagen - Oslo - Stockholm - Berlin - Prague - Vienna- Budapest -Bucharest - Istanbul - Zagreb - Split - Venice - Milan - Marseille - Barcelona - Madrid - Lisbon

Summer 2015:
Düsseldorf - Warsaw - Krakau - Bratislava - Sofia - Rome - Palermo / Sicily - Cagliari / Sardinia - Various smaller towns on Corsica - Zürich - Arnhem 

In 2017 our son Pep was born, and this year -after various international cycling holidays combined with train trips- we’re taking him Interrailing for the first time! We wanted to start with a ‘light’ version and bought One Country Passes Spain, after which we discovered that reserving at Renfe isn’t really that ‘light’ anymore in the year 2022… Fortunately, this community has already proven itself very helpful, appreciate it!

Cheers, Ruben

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