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The more you travel the more you’re humbled, and reminded that mistakes are a part of life, and the more you make the more you learn, but also have stories to tell…and content to blog about. I’ll preface this one with the circumstances surrounding my mistake. I’m currently on a back up of a back up of a back up trip for New Years. The first was a trip through Southeast Asia that needed to be cancelled, and rebooked to go through Rome, Cairo, Athens, and the London. The day prior to our departure to Cairo we learned of the explosions near Giza and without any additional knowledge felt it best to postpone our trip there while we could cancel without penalty. Thus the third iteration was conceived…Rome, Budapest, Vienna, and then London.
New Trip Booked
We were unbelievably fortunate to find award avail in both Budapest and Vienna, and 3/4 of our flights between the cities were booked with points. However, we decided to quickly book train tickets between Budapest and Vienna, and opted to pay an extra 25 Euro to travel in First Class. We high fived and felt some relief knowing we were able to pull together an option visiting two incredibly beautiful cities and salvage the trip.
Then we boarded our train in Budapest. With our first class tickets in hand it struck us. Flashbacks of my first time ever traveling on European trains in a group of 5, having splurged for business class, we had failed to reserve our seats.
We did it again. With tickets in hand we had no SEAT RESERVATIONS.
You could have poached fish my blood was boiling so hot. As we frantically searched it became more and more of a reality we may end up standing for the entire journey between Budapest to Vienna. I was literally speechless.
My girlfriend wisely found us a single seat that was reserved, but we squatted. Turned out no one showed and we single cheeked the seat.
RESERVE YOUR SEATS as well as buying your ticket.
You will receive a secondary piece of documentation that clearly illustrates your reserved seats from start to finish. When you board the train you’ll know if your seats are reserved, and what segment they are reserved from by looking at the screen adjacent to your car and seat number. It’ll look like this ( the seat we squatted in )
Europe 2019 New Years: Rome, Budapest, Vienna, London, and Paris
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- Review: Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid
- Review: VIP Lounge Plaza Mayor Madrid
- Review: Iberia Business Class Madrid to Rome
- Review: St Regis Rome
- Review: Alitalia Economy Rome to Budapest
- Review: New York Palace Budapest, Autograph Collection
- Tip for visiting the Thermal baths in Budapest
- Don’t make this European train mistake like I did
- Review: Park Hyatt Vienna
- Review: Air Lounge Vienna Airport
- Review: British Airways Business Class Vienna to London
- Review: Kimpton Fitzroy London
- Tips before flying Flybe
- Review: Intercontinental Le Grand Paris
- Review: Air France Business Class Lounge CDG
- Review: Air France Business Class 777-300ER Paris to Washington D.C.
- How I utilized the transfer desk to make a tight international connection