The Eurail Blog Trail Adventure Begins!

Put the car in park. Forget about the half empty gas tank, collecting change for toll roads, or fiddling with that gawddamn GPS. No speed traps or road weariness to worry about. That crack in the windshield right at eye level won’t be bothering you this trip.

No need to rush to the airport two hours before a flight, either. Throw that extra pair of shoes in your bigger suitcase, don’t stress over size restrictions. No worries about your bags showing up in Paris when they should be with you in Venice. Don’t sweat turbulence, full body scanners, or being confined in an insanely small space.

Instead, sit back and relax in your comfy train seat. Gaze out the window as bustling cities and scenic coastline roll by. Walk around the cars at your leisure. Feel good about the fact that you are vastly reducing your carbon footprint to get yourself from A to B.

 

We are about to begin our train adventure with

 

Eurail.com and are excited to take you with us

 

throught Croatia, Slovenia and Italy!

 

 

We will be stopping in 13 cities and towns over 34 days, starting in Split, Croatia and ending in Naples, Italy.

Along the way we will be swimming in the chilly Adriatic, going curling and watching hockey (how Canadian of us, eh?), exploring unforgettable sights, taking cooking lessons, and much, much more!

We expect we will have MUCH to write about, and so are increasing the amount of posts we do weekly so as to not get too far behind. This means long traveling days and even longer blogging nights! It’s a tough life, but somehow we’ll manage. :)

We are very excited to be working with Eurail.com for their Blog Trail Program and must make a note that we have been provided with complimentary Eurail Global Passes. With that said, we are completely free to write about the journey as we see fit and as always, all opinions are our own.

 

36 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own

  • November 21 2011

    Waiting for your posts on the journey. Sounds like a lot of fun, some scenic countries to visit:)
    Have a fabulous time:)
    Arti recently posted..Miss You Ma…

    • November 21 2011

      Thanks Arti – we have many posts lined up already! So much to share from this part of the world.

  • November 21 2011

    Hey! Just found you guys via Twitter, and love your site! Will you be in the Split/Trogir area soon or have you already passed through? (We are smack dab in the middle.) We’d love to meet up, say hello and grab a cup of coffee if you’re free.

    Cheers, enjoy Croatia, as we are!
    Dayna recently posted..Eat on a Budget: Frequent Local Markets

    • November 21 2011

      Dayna – so sorry we missed you, but yes, we passed thru already. (We are pretty slow to get posts up here, we’ve been gone from Split almost two weeks – yikes!) We did LOVE our time there!

  • Aafke
    November 21 2011

    Great to finally see some zigzagging on your map as well! Enjoy!

    • November 22 2011

      Ha – that map is inspired by you!

  • Mom
    November 21 2011

    Oooooooooh !!!! Let the adventure begin.
    Can’t wait for the blog posts !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • November 21 2011

    You are going to love Bled – One of the best places I have visited!
    Elizabeth recently posted..Photos of Philadelphia’s Magic Garden

    • November 22 2011

      Bled is high on our list of places to see!

  • Taryn
    November 22 2011

    I know it’s a tonne of work, but this. sounds. heavenly. Train travel sounds so romaaaaaantic.

    And don’t be shy on whatcha learned in the cooking lessons, ‘specially in Italy, ’cause your fans want to know, k?

    • November 22 2011

      We’ve got pasta making lessons lined up in Bologna!! Can’t wait for that, and maybe we’ll share some tips. :)

  • November 22 2011

    Sounds like fun!

  • November 22 2011

    I have planed Slovenia, Croatia and several other Eastern EU countries for next year. Looking forward for more posts from Croatia and Slovenia :)

    Have a great trip
    Shanky recently posted..Kanchanaburi – Forgotten Paradise!

    • November 22 2011

      We have many blog posts piled up already, there is so much to write about. Stay tuned!

  • JEALOUS
    Jade Johnston – OurOyster.com recently posted..Kayaking in Melbourne

  • November 22 2011

    What fun! I’m curious–do you have Internet access on board?

    Enjoy!
    Maureen at Vaco-Vitae recently posted..There’s one foolproof way to know if what you’re doing isn’t right for you

    • Pete
      November 23 2011

      Hi Maureen, the only place we have come across wi-fi on board is in the Netherlands (and it was only a brief trip). I think if it was offered on board everywhere we would be glued to our screens getting work done and not mesmerized by the scenery outside the window :)

  • November 22 2011

    Can’t wait to see pictures!
    Traveling by train is the best way to go. Even photos taken from inside the train can come out fantastic!

    • Pete
      November 23 2011

      Agreed, train travel is wonderful. We have taken some really cool shots and can’t wait to share them :)

  • Joanie
    November 22 2011

    Are you going anywhere near San Giacomo? That’s my dad’s home town, he owns land around there somewhere. Wish my relatives could stuff your face with food while you’re there. Next time!!

    • Pete
      November 23 2011

      I tried google mapping San Giacomo and there is about 5 different locations. If it’s the one near Foggia, then yes we will be nearby and would love to meet them :)

  • November 23 2011

    This itinerary rocks! I was in Bologna until 2 days ago, too bad we can’t catch up. I see you’re stopping in Foggia, what places are you planning to see in that area? I was there for 2 months during the summer and it’s amazing! (not Foggia itself though)
    And Sicily… wow, great great itinerary indeed. Enjoy!!!
    Giulia recently posted..3 weeks in Egypt, flight included: €500 – how to!

    • Pete
      November 23 2011

      Too bad Giulia, we would have loved to meet up. Any other chance we could meet along the way?

      We plan on spending some time in Foggia itself and a few days in Vieste. We unfortunately don’t have too much time to devote to this region, but if you have any other tips of “must sees” send them over. We can always adjust our schedule if it’s worth it :)

  • I am glad you chose this route. It will definitely be an adventure to remember. I can hardly wait for your posts.

    If you need some local advice on Slovenia from a fellow travel blogger, feel free to ask on my blog or through email. I’d be glad to help.

    Keep travelling and keep blogging!
    Marko @ Travel Photo Blogging recently posted..Slovenia voted top 8 travel destination

    • November 25 2011

      Thanks Marko! We already made it through Slovenia actually (we are slow bloggers), and LOVED it! Posts to come soon!

  • Never mind that… I am also one of those. I still haven’t posted all the stuff about my summer trip to Greece.
    Marko @ Travel Photo Blogging recently posted..Slovenia voted top 8 travel destination

  • November 27 2011

    Love train travel and your itinerary makes me jealous! Looking forward to sharing your adventure.
    InsideJourneys recently posted..Soulful Sundays: The Folkes Brothers

  • December 7 2011

    Hi guys,

    Hope you the best. In the early 1990’s I went by train from Rome to Florence to Venice and on the return I went to Pisa. The train ride was comfortable and the vista was great.

    wish you the best.

  • Tiago Costa
    December 16 2011

    A little tip in Sicily.
    Skip Agrigento, it’s just two temples that you have to pay to see it closer. Instead you can go to Taormina and Cefalu, amazing places. ;)

    Enjoy your trips, and keep posting! =D

    • December 17 2011

      Thanks Tiago – we actually just finished up our trip (our posts are a little behind), and we did end up skipping Agrigento (but only because I was sick for a few days and we got behind schedule!)

  • March 13 2012

    I was excited to find your blog. I’m traveling in the fall of 2012, so am looking to find some tips & ideas.

    • March 13 2012

      Suzy – we’d love to give you some tips and ideas! Let us know what you have in mind and how we can help – you can email us at info@hecktictravels.com!

  • June 11 2012

    Hi it looks like you did the trip from Pula to Venice which involves going up to Ljubljana and Villach. I was just wondering how you found it because I’m aware it’s supposed to be a quite lengthy journey. And would you recommend trying to find an alternative route?? Does look like an interesting journey though :) I’d love to hear about how you found some of the individual places, namely Pula and Ljubljana :D

    • June 13 2012

      Hi Alice, we did do that route, but not all in one day (we stopped in Ljubljana for a few days). It would be quite complicated to do – you need to take a bus from Pula to Rijeka, then a train to Ljubljana, then a train to Villach, then a bus to Venice. :) It’s probably doable, but if you can, definitely give yourself a few days in Ljubljana, we LOVED it there! Pula was okay, probably our least favorite stop in Croatia, but still quite nice.

  • July 24 2012

    I’m heading to these three countries in the next month or so and considering getting a euro pass. they’re such good value and the flexibility is really great. I will have to dig through your posts on Italy and Croatia especially as I feel so unprepared!

    • July 25 2012

      The Eurail Pass saved us a lot of money, and you’re right – the best part is the flexibility. If you ever have any questions about traveling in these three countries, let me know!

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