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Travel Germany: Georgie On the Go

travel Germany - Georgie on the Go

We’re getting down with Georgie, the sprightly young thing behind the cool travel blog Georgie On the Go. Georgie’s got an unhealthy penchant for dressing up as Nintendo video game characters (which we secretly love) and is about to deliver some great advice for those dreaming of travel in Germany.

Over to Luigi, oops, Georgie.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself, your site and your experiences of travel in Germany?

I’m George, a 20 something traveller and Gap Daemon Travelling Intern from Cardiff in Wales. Currently I am finishing off my final year of Uni but that hasn’t stopped me from travelling. As a German student I spent the whole of last year living the dream teaching English in Germany and with trusty Ryanair by my side I managed to go on holiday to different European destinations every other weekend. Now I can never stay in one place for very long. I began my blog (Georgie On the Go) with my adventures in Oz and I haven’t stopped travelling since. My aim is to encourage all girls to take the leap of faith and become solo female travellers too.

2. Why did you choose this country? What was it about it that called to you?

As a German language student I had to choose a German speaking country, and as the accent in Switzerland is so strong and I have never felt the yodel of the alps calling to me, Germany it was. To be honest I was just fixated on Frankfurt, I had been obsessed by Mainhatten since I was about 16. No-one told me it was full of heroine fuelled prostitutes at the time.

travel Germany - me and daisy karneval

3. How much money can someone travel in Germany for? What are the greatest expenses? What things are relatively cheap?

I’ll admit now that Germany, being a western European country, is not particularly cheap. There aren’t many coaches so you have to do all your travelling by train, which while efficient can be very expensive. While the ICE is fast and luxurious you will save yourself, a pretty penny by travelling Nur Nahverkehr (on the slow regional trains) so ask for this when buying tickets, these ticket prices also don’t fluctuate like the ICE. Other special tickets include the Länder Ticket, a ticket which is about 20€ for one person or around 30€ for up to 5 people and you can use from 9am – 3am to travel on regional transport anywhere in your state (which is a good deal if you are in Bavaria for example.) or the Schönes Wochende ticket which for 40€ for 5 people (valid Saturday or Sunday midnight to 3am the following day) allows you to go anywhere on regional DB trains and even allows you to go to Poland.

Whoops waffled on about trains!

4. What is the local cuisine like? Do you like to try new things or do you find yourself pining for the familiars of home?

To be honest I am not a big German food fan, (beer on the other hand ….) As a vegan there is no option in Germany and I had to switch to veggie. If you are a big meat eater then you will be ecstatic with Schnitzel and Currywurst galore. There are some good veggie options, the German’s love Italian food so pizza is always on the menu as well as the thinner German version Flammkuchen. They also do delicious Doner Kebabs which are better than the greasy British version and you can make them veggie with delicious sheep’s cheese. Lecker!

5. What cultural activities and events would you suggest everyone seeing or taking part in while travelling in Germany and why?

People rave about the Christmas markets, but personally I don’t like being trapped in a square looking at expensive tat while I’m pushed about and forced to drink sickly mulled wine. But what is good that everyone raves about are the festivals. Oktoberfest is a must for anyone visiting Munich in September and if you are near Cologne on the week before Ash Wednesday you’ll be immersed in Karneval, where everyone dresses up, gets drunk and people sit on floats in a parade chucking hard chocolate at you. Wonderful. I wrote a post on my top 5 here.

travel Germany - oktoberfest

6. What is your favourite thing about travelling this country? What is your least favourite thing?

Is it terrible to say my favourite thing about Germany is it’s geographical location? Probably not very flattering to the Germans but living in Germany and so close to a Ryanair airport meant that I could go on European holidays every weekend for peanuts. I also like that I can speak the language. My least favourite thing, definitely the price, I more often than not stayed with friends instead of hostels, but mixed dorms in Germany can often be €20 – 25 per night, which is outrageous.

7. What things do you focus on most when you blog about this country? Why do you choose these things?

I used to write a lot about my experiences but I discovered I’m a pretty boring person. Now I tend to focus more on quirky observations, do’s and dont’s and top 5 lists. I love helping others and imparting my advice, which is probably why I just went on a rant about trains. One of my favourite posts though is one I wrote for The Art of Slow Travel. I think I enjoyed writing it so much because it was very personal to me.

travel Germany - me at oktoberfest

8. What’s one thing you can’t travel around Germany without?

Your passport. Minor offences such as jay walking or getting on a train without a ticket hold a €40 fine if you don’t have you passport on you they immediately charge you 40€ on top of the original fine. Also police can ask to see it at anytime so it’s worth keeping it on you.

9. What kind of response have you had to your travel blog posts about Germany? What post had the most interest?

My most popular German post is 5 Strange Things About Germany it’s also my second most popular post in general, possibly due to it’s abusive nature. The general response has been “OMG lol that is soooo truuue bbz”*. Any Brit who has lived in Germany can identify with it, I guess that was the idea, a bit of observational comedy. I actually wrote it for another blog and they basically said that it was too mean, worked out well for me though.

*Note: my readers aren’t actually 13 year old girls straight from Myspace.

10. If you could think of one thing you wished someone told you before you started travelling around Germany what would it be?

I don’t want to sound like a trainiac but that was some pretty top notch train advice I gave you there. One good one is that Germany is dead on a Sunday, so if you are only travelling for a short time either don’t go over Sunday or plan an activity that doesn’t include eating out, shopping or attractions, such as a bike ride. Also, don’t go to Wilhelmshaven. We passed through it while we were hitchhiking. It’s so dead they put the car park on their postcard.

Thanks Georgie! Keep riding ‘em trains girl!

Be sure to have a look at her travels at Georgie On the Go and add her on Twitter too.

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