It’s finally A-Level results day where thousands of British teens finish a summer of waiting and find out what they’ll be up to come September.
But, not everyone wants to launch themselves straight into university or work after more than a decade of studying.
Plenty of students opt for a gap year, travelling the world and exploring brand new destinations before settling on the next chapters in their lives.
Spending a few months inter-railing around Europe is one of the most popular choices for young Brits as it’s not too expensive to get to and most places will have an abundance of English-speaking tourists and locals.
Omio, Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus, and flight, has offered some top tips for students on how to best plan their journey and to make sure they get the best value for money.
Check them out below…
Take the road less travelled
Do you want to follow the crowd and visit ‘must-see’ European hotspots or take the lesser-trodden route and uncover something more authentic?
Countries such as Poland and Germany have fantastic rail connections and you might discover somewhere much more fun than where all the other backpackers are.
Don’t end up with the same photos as everyone else!
Public transport over planes
Travelling overground by train or bus is often quicker and cheaper than a domestic flight.
Once you’re in a country, check end to end journey times to plan the best way to get from A-B.
Don’t forget to add your youth railcard and remember a sleeper train will save you a night’s accommodation as well as get you to a new location.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) runs most trains in Germany and it recently launched the ticket which costs €9.
The pass covers “Regional Express” trains that link towns and cities on routes of between 50 and 100 miles.
This means that all local services like the S-Bahn and U-Bahn metro trains are also covered, as well as buses and trams.
While in Italy, slower trains usually cost around €29 compared to the fast trains which can be €100.
It might be that it works better for your plans to have one big travel ticket in advance, but it’s often more cost-effective to pay as you go.
Rail travel in Europe can be cheap, just a few euros to hop from town to town.
Hear about a festival or wild-swimming event a few towns over? Just hop on that bus and go.
Avoid first class
Trains in Europe often have more than one class so make sure you’re choosing the right ticket.
Seat reservations sometimes also come with extra cost – so don’t get caught short.
Use a travel planning app
With Omio you can book all your tickets in one place and with no language barriers or misunderstandings.
Keep your payment methods safe, your tickets in one place and have access to support if needed.
Chris Hall, VP of Commercial at Omio, said: “We’re seeing an increase in European train travel this year with the rising cost of flights. We’re encouraging students to do a deep dive into where they want to travel before setting off if they really want to make their money go a little further.
“Piecing together your own great adventure is a coming-of-age experience and the rail and bus network throughout Europe makes it easier and more accessible than many other forms of travelling.
“This generation is very environmentally conscious, and we know that for them, this is a significant factor in making travel plans.
“Our message to them is you can still have an amazing, gap-year experience, without compromising on that.”