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Sometimes paths lead us to familiar destinations. More often they take us on a journey into unknown territory. Along the way we are likely to meet new people and discover new places.

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Did you take an Interrail trip between 1972 and 1996?

Since its introduction in 1972, the Interrail scheme has enabled millions of Europeans to travel by train around much of their continent at relatively low cost. In the first 25 years of the scheme, approximately half a million young backpackers from Great Britain and Northern Ireland took an Interrail trip. Despite the numbers involved, little…

Innocent beginnings to troubled middle age: Interrail in the press 1972 to 1994

“Male 21 seeks female under 26 as Interrail travel companion.” Surprisingly, this is not a line from the personal columns of a local newspaper or a travel magazine but was published in The Times in July 1992. The confidence of this anonymous young man whom I have named Allan is admirable, especially as he included…

Recording the experiences of UK Interrailers between 1972 and 1996

With Interrail passes in our pockets and packs on our backs, my friend Graeme and I set off to travel around Europe in the autumn of 1985. Apart from purchasing Hungarian visas in advance so we could go behind the Iron Curtain and visit Budapest, the rest of our trip was unplanned. Almost four decades…

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