with the recent discount I spontaneously bought an Interrail Global Pass for 1 Month. I have never interrailed before. But since I bought this pass, I spend a lot of time researching.
I will start my Journey from Aachen, close to the German Border with the Netherlands/Belgium.
Since my only window for travelling is September/October Scandinavia is not really an option for me. I feel like the days are too short, especially close to the polar circle.
The destination I would like to travel the most is Spain/Portugal since I have not been there before. (I have been plenty of times in Italy and also a few times in the balkan).
With my research I already know, that these countries are not ideal for Interrail. I am not on a very tight budget and due to the discount I already saved some money. So the extra cost for seat reservations are definitely okay for me and I can plan with that.
What really puts me off, though, is the fact that reservations can't be made online. Since I like to maintain a high degree of spontaneity and flexibility, I'm afraid that I'll want to reserve a seat at a station and there won't be one available. Unfortunately, I have also read some negative reports about making reservations on the spot or by phone (only 72 hours in advance). Any experiences here about Spain/Portugal in September/October? Are there major problems to be expected with spontaneous seat reservations?
If that's the case, I may yet reserve seats in advance with DB in Germany for Spain and lose the spontaneity, or I may indeed pick an alternative destination (maybe Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria).
Thanks in advance!