Trains in Europe

Transportation has been the bane of my existence these past couple of months. Why the heck is it so difficult to get this figured out?

Figure out the European Train system

There are so many options: Eurail passes, one-way tickets, global passes, 2 country passes, 3 country passes, 5-day passes, 3-day passes…. *bangs head against the wall*  We are on a budget and we need to save as much money as possible so my job is to figure out if a multi-county pass is really worth it or if it is cheaper to book single rides.

I feel like one of those crazy people on that TV show “Extreme Couponing” who spends hours of their day researching every single option, making lists and comparisons, just to save some money. I wish there was a travel agency that just booked transportation for me (oh I looked).

After all this research and frustration, I think I may have it figured out. Keep reading to see how I finally regained my sanity and see the resources that helped me. If you’re roaming around multiple countries in Europe  like I am, maybe this can help you too.

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Camping in Zion National Park, Utah

My boyfriend and I recently took a trip to Zion National Park. It was a lightly planned, extended-weekend vacation in honor of his birthday. We were saving for another, larger vacation so our goal was to spend as little as possible. We had an absolute amazing time. 

Overview

Zion National Park is about a 7-hour drive from Southern California and about 3 hours coming from Las Vegas (nice half-way point, am I right?).  I have to say this was my favorite hiking trip ever everrr. The canyons are so BIG and colorful and they get BIGGER as you drive closer to the park. We passed through many small towns on the way and everyone was so nice. The trails are spectacular and range from “easy” to “holy-cow-we’re climbing-straight-up-a-cliff”.

The transportation around the whole park is free (after you pay the 7-day, $25 entrance  fee, of course) and the busses come by every 5-10 minutes. The many trails lead you to amazing views, stream, waterfalls, rivers, caves and cliffs. We saw a few deer walking around and their faces were just like “WUT?” Oh, and if you wonder why anyone on a nature vacation would ever want a giant movie theater way out here, you will know when you’re on your second day of the heat. Zion is so cool. Just look at it, these pictures don’t even do it justice:

Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trail

Camping tips

If you planning to visit Zion, make your camping/lodging reservations early! We planned this kind of late and everything was sold out a few weeks in advance. Luckily, they have a “first come first serve” campsite – South Campground. The way this campsite operates is extremely silly and very confusing if you don’t know what to do.
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