By the time you read this, we will be sitting on a plane flying back to Europe – that’s right, we decided to cut our Asia travels short, head back to Europe and start a whole new adventure! On the 2nd of May it begins:
Europe Train Challenge 30 countries – 90 days around Europe by TRAIN
Welcome: The Europe Train Challenge.
We have teamed up with InterRail (as our premium sponsors) to create this train challenge. During the challenge, everything we experience will be filmed, edited, and then turned into a travel show, which will be released online while we are still traveling. The aim is not only to see if it’s possible to visit nearly every country in Europe by train within a 90 day deadline, but also to inspire and show others how easy it is to get out there, and explore the wonders of Europe in an environmentally-friendly way. So be prepared for an extra busy 3 months here on As We Travel.
Here is the list of 30 countries we will be visiting in 90 days:
Ireland / England / Netherlands / Belgium / Luxembourg / France / Portugal / Spain / Switzerland / Italy / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia / Montenegro / Serbia / Macedonia / Greece / Bulgaria / Turkey / Romania / Hungary / Slovakia / Austria / Czech Republic / Poland / Germany / Denmark / Sweden / Norway / Finland … phew!
Europe Train Challenge – The Route
Hey everyone! In less than 4 days we will be starting the Europe Train Challenge in Dublin, I am sure you have seen that stressful countdown button above :p Many people have been asking us where exactly we will be traveling during this challenge, so I thought it would be great for you guys if we posted our route map. If you want to follow our daily updates, latest videos etc – you can click the like button below, follow our adventures and behind-the-scene videos on Facebook. For us the most stressful part of the trip is that we have already confirmed and booked nearly everything . The route below can not change, since we have already arranged sponsored accommodation in every city along the way and most train tickets to each place. We have never planned this far in advance, and it really isn’t our style of travel – we normally prefer to turn up, see what happens and then make future plans based on how we feel.
This is very different, and we are feeling a bit stressed about all the planned certainty and having to make sure we arrive in each city on the exact day. :p it’s gonna be a fun challenge! Firstly here is a rough outline of Europe with our route layout:
Below you can see the exact dates for when we will be in each city during the month of May.
- Dublin: 1-2-3 – May
- London: 4-5
- Amsterdam: 6-7
- Brussels: 8-9
- Luxembourg: 10
- Paris: 11-12
+ OVERNIGHT – 13th
- Lisbon: 14-15-16
+ OVERNIGHT 17th
- Barcelona: 18-19
- Vevey: 20-21-22
- Venice: 23-24
- Bled: 25-26-27
- Zagreb: 28-29
+ OVERNIGHT 30th
- Sarajevo: 31st May – 1st June
- JUNE – JULY WILL BE POSTED AT A LATER DATE.
We will also be posting at least 2 new HD videos every week from every country we visit – so make sure you follow along on this adventure.
Week 1 – Europe Train Challenge
Europe Train Challenge – 3 Countries In 1 Week: It has been just over a week since the Europe Train Challenge started, and it has been one big roller coaster ride so far!
Countries This Week: Ireland, England, Netherlands.
Usually, Nathan and I enjoy a more slow paced style of travel – we’re used to staying in cities until we know them inside out – so jumping to a new country every 2-3 days has been very different! In a way, I’ve actually liked it more than I expected, but it still feels quite strange. Sweden and Dublin, where we started our journey only about a week ago, feels so far away. We have seen and experienced so many things in such a short amount of time that every day feels like two days. We wake up in one country and go to sleep in another – where else can you do that so frequently and easily than in Europe?
It really is different to travel from country to country every second day, and Europe just feels smaller and smaller. We have been eating so much fatty food – it seems as though every country’s special local food is the fattest they can come up with 😉 But I’ve been enjoying it all; the thick battered fish n chips in Dublin, the beer (and deep fried Chinese) in London and the Stroopwaffles (with syrup filling) in Amsterdam. Finding local food – which was part of our challenge in each country, was only difficult in London – the city was so multi-cultural that it almost seemed more ‘local’ to eat Indian or Chinese for lunch than pie and mash.
Apart from eating, we have done what we do best – walked. Walking around a city, looking at the strikingly different architecture, visiting tourist attractions and people watching are what makes traveling so fun and spontaneous. It’s often hard to explain what you have been doing when somebody asks. Often what you remember is not exactly the attraction you saw but the people who were there seeing it with you. Feeling in the vibe and atmosphere has been the most interesting part of this trip so far. When you change surroundings so often, you really see the contrast in people: the people in Dublin were completely different from those in London, who were totally different from those in Amsterdam – the contrasts is what has been most obvious and surprising.
The only thing I’ve had a hard time with is finding time to blog.
Whenever I visit a new city I want to get out there right away and see it all and more – but traveling and blogging doesn’t really make that possible.
And when you do have the time to blog, the wi-fi is super expensive…
How you can find free wi-fi in a small town in the most Northern part of Thailand, but London & Paris want to charge crazy prices for a bad connection, is beyond me! But don’t worry, we’ll update as often as we can and the first video episode of our Europe Train Challenge from DUBLIN will be up in just a few days – Nathan has been working hard editing all the videos!