Every year we take a big trip around Christmas time. There are a few reasons for this – first, the kids’ school lets out for about a month around that time and we have a free travel schedule. Second, if you plan your travel right (and far ahead) and aren’t too worried about methods, you can get some seriously excellent travel deals. Third, and this is probably 75% of the reason for us right here, we live in a climate that isn’t very Christmasy and I feel a deep urge to go somewhere pine trees are an indigenous species.
We all have our priorities.
Our first major overseas Christmas trip involved thirty days, three countries, five major cities, two overnight train trips, several smaller train trips, a bout with norovirus, an anti-austerity demonstration in Spain, and business class travel both to and from Europe for under $5000 (not including food).
An overnight train from Paris to Munich – how romantic! Well, maybe not so much when you realize the reality that the overnight train from Paris to Munich would involve sharing your sleeping compartment with three of your children plus a random Asian man*.
£10 off the regular £30 one year Friends and Family Railcard, online only, unti 24 February 2014. Use promotional code WEB10. More information at website.
If you are going to do any family train travel in Great Britain, you absolutely must buy a Friends and Family Railcard. It will save you loads of money, sometimes even paying for itself on the first trip.