Choose Booth-type Seats
Don’t forget to bring multipurpose books and games that are lightweight and easy to tote. For a child who is starting to read, wipe-off books let him practise spelling and penmanship on the go. Magnetised letters in a metal box let you create your own word games, and you’re less likely to lose the pieces. We brought one toy and one book for each child, and bought new ones in every city we visited so we’d have a variety. It’s better than carrying a collection of prized belongings that you might misplace.
If you’re visiting cities that cater well to backpackers and leisure travellers, it will be easy to find laundry facilities in or near your accommodation, so don’t pack too many clothes for yourself. However, the children will need more than what you think is necessary as they’ll soil their clothing quite easily. Trains on the Rail Europe network are clean and relatively spacious. Each city and country maintains its national lines separately, so the trains are not configured identically, but most have booth-type seats sharing a fairly large table where you can play games with the kids and have your meals.
For mums with babies, those seats The cities we visited offered a spectrum of holiday accommodation for families and we tried them all – luxury and boutique hotels, no-frills lodging, family inns and Airbnb. Not sticking to one type of accommodation meant that it was friendlier on the wallet and we enjoyed different experiences.
Be flexible with your budget for accommodation. You may want to pay more for comfort and security, but you can also save a few bucks on a place further away from areas popular with tourists, and which still easily connects to places of interest by train. Get a City Pass card in each city you visit – it makes travelling via bus, tram and underground convenient and economical.