As for transportation, we decided that we would use both train and plane transportation which gave us more to keep track of, but we did not want to be limited to one way of traveling. By using Expedia to book our plane tickets and Eurail to book our train tickets we were able to still remain organized. Traveling by train takes a little bit longer than flying, which is something that you will have to think about when planning your trip. Personally, I am fine with spending a little extra time traveling to the city, because traveling by train allows us to see the countryside and save money.
Once the trip is planned, you need to start preparing yourself for the adventure it will be. Learning new languages sounds like a lot of work, especially if you are traveling to multiple countries. It will be hard to understand native speakers, but do not let that stop you from trying. Even if you only understand the basic words or phrases of each language, you should be able to communicate with native speakers just fine. Through past experiences traveling in other countries, I have learned that as long as you can say, “Where is…?,” “How much does it cost?,” “Excuse me,” “Please,” “Thank you,” “Help me,” “Where is the bathroom?,” “Do you speak English?,” and then you are able understand the answer to each question, you have a good start. Luckily, most people will be able to tell that you do not speak the native language and will work with you, using hand signs and broken English to help you figure out the answers to your questions.