Europe by train
Travelling through Europe by train is a unique experience. Yes, you can basically go all over Europe, in various countries, only by taking the train. It is also a great way to meet people, either fellow travelers or locals.
Traveling within a country
In many European countries, people mostly travel from one city to another by train. It is often cheaper than flying and the train allows a better access to remote towns.
In France, for example, the SNCF has a monopoly over the rail network. If you do travel often, there are cards available. For a while, I had the 12-25 card, and I sometimes got trains for 25% to 50% off its original price, which is very nice! The card costs 50€ for the year, so you can easily imagine that it becomes profitable after 3-4 travels.
In Germany, I know that the Deutsche Bahn has the monopoly, being the main rail network used to travel around the country. I have never used it, mainly because it can be pretty expensive (bit more than in France). However, in Germany also you have cards such as the BanhCar 25 that grants you 25% discount on routes.
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Useful tips for job interviews in the U.S.
So… Since I am graduating this May, I might as well do my best to get a job, right? I first searched a lot in Europe (except France), as I really wanted to go back there and be closer to my family and friends. But after a hundreds application sent and no answers or some negative ones, I gave up on Europe, and focused on the U.S.
I wanted to share some useful tips with you!
1. It’s going fast: I sent my resumé the night before or in the morning and got calls during the afternoon to set up an interview.
2. Be prepared to move: Most of the companies will ask you for a face-to-face interview, regardless of where you live.
3. Use sites such as: CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter, Monster …
Travel and Technology
Today, I wanna talk about both technology and travel by giving some tips about which apps to choose when traveling.
I have made a selection of a few, the ones that I think works the best and are convenient. I have tried all of these this semester and I wanted to give you my feedback and share my impressions with you.
Gogobot is a very fun app to plan your travel! It has a great design and it includes all information that you could be looking for when away for work, a week end or for vacation. Also, it allows users like you to leave reviews, in which you fully trust. I really liked this app- I like its look and all its options. I highly recommend Gogobot!
- It allows you to access hotels and accommodations options available in your area through “Stay”; “Eat” gives you all places where to eat that are located in your area; “Play” gives you all the activities available in your current location
- If you click on the map icon on the top right corner, you’ll have a map of all the places proposed.
- In “Feed” you’ll find the latest reviews for your local area but also for other areas, by clicking on “Global”.
- When clicking on “Region” you’ll find reviews and pictures about your current location.
- Signing up allows to post reviews of your own and create postcards, which consist in sharing photos of the places you’ve been to and help other Gogobot users to discover new places.
- In the menu tab, you have the option to create lists, “explore the world” gives you various cities with their history, foodies, backpackers, nightlife… all kind of info and you can also write reviews.
Flying without worries
How to be prepared for short and long-haul flights
If you travel around Europe, rules are less strict than if you travel out of Europe.
- Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before take off (you can arrive 1 hour before if you do not have luggage to check in) for short flights
- Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before for long-haul flights
- Check in at the desk
- Make sure your hand luggage is not too heavy, so that it is more comfortable for you to go around the airport (I personally always have a heavy hand luggage, I don’t know how I do it, but I’m telling you: it’s terrible! So avoid that 🙂 )
- Do not forget to place any sharp objects in your checked luggage and not your hand luggage! You will be stopped and probably questioned by the security!
- Check recent regulations before you leave so that your shampoo bottle is not over the size limit for carry-on liquids and get confiscated.
- Bring a travel pillow and an eye mask so that you would be able to sleep more comfortably
- Do not forget headphones if you wanna watch movies, tv shows or listen to music. Bring readings as well! Books, magazines…