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The Best Universal Power Plug Adapter for Travel with Fast-Charging USB-C

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd In our years of travel we’ve tried out loads of too-flimsy or too-bulky power adapters, and have always been hungry to find the one plug that could do it all without weighing us down. It’s the key travel gadget that makes all other travel gadgets possible. Sure, you can […]

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How to Get the Best Child and Youth Discounts on European Trains

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Childlike Rail Nut The value proposition for travelling by train in Europe grows by multiples when it comes to travelling with children. Compared to flying, train operators are quite generous in the age brackets for free travel with babies and toddlers and they offer significant discounts for youth. Also, trains

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What You Never Knew about European Trains — Secrets from a Ticket Inspector

I wear a fancy Swiss uniform and go up and down the aisles to check your tickets. My sexy German job name is Personnenzugbegleiter. Basically, a ticket inspector, controller, or checker, depending on your flavor of English. A ticket inspector is a strange little animal. We hop on and off of trains, ensure passengers’ security,

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How to Book French Train Tickets: A Guide to Painless Trip Prep

Trains are hands-down the best way to get around France. If you’re not used to France and/or to European train travel, the ticketing options can seem a bit overwhelming. But I’ve been traveling the French rails for the past two decades, and I’m here to assist with the basics and give you tips to get

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Ouigo, Iryo, Avlo, and Ave: The Key Differences in High-Speed Train Options in Spain—at a Glance

Your Travel Guide Mose Hayward Rail Nut We’re spoiled for options for crossing Spain and Catalonia by train. There are four operators running daily high-speed trains here and all of them are comfortable, fast, and often pretty cheap. The standard-bearer from the national operator is Renfe’s Ave service; Renfe also now has its own budget

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Is a Eurail / Interrail Pass Worth It Any More? Price Comparison Results

Eurail and Interrail passes seem like a bit of an anachronism, now that there are ultra-cheap competing train services and some other smart ways to get around Europe—trains that are not available with these passes. And yet, the Interrail system (for European residents) and the Interrail system (for non-Europeans) have been around for so long,

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FlixTrain: What to Know Before Taking this Cheap Rail Alternative in Germany and Sweden

Your Train Guide Jacline Melliou Travel Guru FlixTrain is generally much cheaper than what you’d pay for the national train operators—but whether it’s right for you depends on a few factors about your destinations and expectations. FlixTrain often costs around 25% to 50% of similar rides on Germany’s national operator Deutsche Bahn or Sweden’s SJ.

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