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For alternative ways to travel, look no further as we give you the low down on how to use different initiatives to travel cheaply throughout Europe.

A good way to travel is by using Bla Bla Car which is essentially a website set up to facilitate car sharing. You can find people going pretty much anywhere and everywhere by car throughout continental Europe who have a few empty seats. You need to set up an account online and fill out a rather extensive profile indicating your likes, dislikes and travel preferences. For example, if you smoke, like listening to music while travelling or if you’re very talkative. Once completed you can write to drivers travelling to your desired destination and if they’re able to take you and think you’re compatible travelling companions they can message you back to discuss details. The asking price generally covers the cost of petrol so it can be a much cheaper way of travelling than by train and also much more enjoyable as you get to the opportunity to meet new people and travel together. It would be advised to search for drivers in advance so you have time to find a suitable car and can work out the details before the journey.

There is also good ol’ hitchhiking. If you’re feeling a little adventurous and don’t have a set destination to go to or time to arrive, hitchhiking can prove to be the most fun, exciting and economical way of travelling. It is known that Italy is notoriously difficult for hitching a lift and although there may be an element of truth to this, there is no harm in trying if you’re not in a rush and don’t necessarily have a set destination in mind. You are sure to meet some great and interesting people on the way and you may end up somewhere totally unexpected… but that all just adds to the fun! HitchWiki also gives great advice on hitchhiking throughout the world. However, it’s important to remember; DO be careful. It’s a good idea to hitch in small groups and maybe go with 1 or 2 friends. Also if you’re a girl, you may feel safer taking a guy with you. Be aware and take precautions. But if you’re set on giving hitching a go,DON’T give up! It can be tiring and disheartening when waiting or struggling to get a lift but once you get a lift I’m sure you’ll find that the wait was worthwhile.

Buon viaggio!

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