Please could tessers advise me on this endeavour.. I ask because I'm thinking taking the boys on holiday in 2020/ 2021, but for 5 weeks during the summer holidays. The boys will be around 11 and 7 then, so it might be interesting for them. I'd like to start planning a rough route across Europe using a rail, and family rooms in hostels as well as sleeper compartments as far as possible. Has anyone done anything similar? Do you think I should hold off until the youngest is 8 or 9 (but then the eldest will be a teenager and that might be make the experience a little different)? EDIT- I'm planning early so I can start a holiday fund now- it will take me that long to save for it, so I might as well make it a cultural safari for the kids... (travel broadens the mind etc) Are European train tickets less expensive if booked in advance?