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I have decided, as many a teenager does, to go interailing. But alone.

I am leaving in September and I am both extremely excited, and extremely terrified.

I was wondering if anyone had any insight.

1- I have extremely limited time, 12 days max, and I plan on visiting 9 countries, is this insane? Even doable?
2- I am weary of hostels, but its the only way I can afford it, whats some safe advice I could follow, staying in all female dorms?
3- Being alone? Are most people in the same situation, should I do it alone? My boyfriend is going to join me for the last 3 or so days, but is loneliness a problem.

Thank you in advance,
Georgia

Edit, I'm going from London to Vienna - Prague - Berlin - Copenhagen - Stockholm - Hamburg - Amsterdam - Paris - London
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(Original post by geefitzgerald)
I have decided, as many a teenager does, to go interailing. But alone.

I am leaving in September and I am both extremely excited, and extremely terrified.

I was wondering if anyone had any insight.

1- I have extremely limited time, 12 days max, and I plan on visiting 9 countries, is this insane? Even doable?
2- I am weary of hostels, but its the only way I can afford it, whats some safe advice I could follow, staying in all female dorms?
3- Being alone? Are most people in the same situation, should I do it alone? My boyfriend is going to join me for the last 3 or so days, but is loneliness a problem.

Thank you in advance,
Georgia

Edit, I'm going from London to Vienna - Prague - Berlin - Copenhagen - Stockholm - Hamburg - Amsterdam - Paris - London
To the human eye it’s not feasible. However if you believe you can do it then what’s stopping you? It’s extr brave and courageous what you’re doing. About the isolation, try sightseeing it would take your mind off things for a while.

All the best!
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(Original post by geefitzgerald)
I have decided, as many a teenager does, to go interailing. But alone.

I am leaving in September and I am both extremely excited, and extremely terrified.

I was wondering if anyone had any insight.

1- I have extremely limited time, 12 days max, and I plan on visiting 9 countries, is this insane? Even doable?
2- I am weary of hostels, but its the only way I can afford it, whats some safe advice I could follow, staying in all female dorms?
3- Being alone? Are most people in the same situation, should I do it alone? My boyfriend is going to join me for the last 3 or so days, but is loneliness a problem.

Thank you in advance,
Georgia

Edit, I'm going from London to Vienna - Prague - Berlin - Copenhagen - Stockholm - Hamburg - Amsterdam - Paris - London
9 countries in 12 days is doable - but you are really only visiting one town/ city in each country. If you use couchettes you sleep while you travel so take an 8 hour train journey and all is fine.
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Travelling alone is fine. More fun, even - you are both more approachable and more inclined to approach others so you meet lots of interesting people.

Staying in hostels is obviously also fine - just make sure important stuff is safe (in most cases keeping it with you is safest). All female dorms would be nice but it might not be achievable - but I don't think this is a problem in terms of safety.

My main concern is that you are doing too many countries. Do you understand how Interrail works? I'm guessing no given you've picked 9 countries and the tickets allow 3, 5, 7 or 10 travel days? Do you understand how it would apply to night trains? Also even putting all that aside - that's very little time per city! At least have a couple of days each come on!
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Travelling alone is awesome, I think this is an experience everybody should have made at least once in their life.
I've stayed in many hostels and never had any problems, I even prefer them to hotels because they are much cheaper and it is much easier to meet lots of interesting people there.
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