The Washington Post ran a profile this past weekend of 23-year-old German university student Leonie Müller, who decided that rather than paying $450 in rent at her apartment, she could spend $380 a month to permanently ride the German rails.
Leonie’s $380/month unlimited rail pass allows her near-endless mobility, which she craves. She lives her life out of a small carry-on backpack and washes her hair in the train bathroom facilities. Per the Post:
The German college student gave up her apartment in spring. “It all started with a dispute I had with my landlord,” Müller told The Washington Post via e-mail. “I instantly decided I didn’t want to live there anymore — and then I realized: Actually, I didn’t want to live anywhere anymore.”
Now, mind you, she’s not living full-time in the Etihad First Class Apartment.
She’s not even living full-time in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, as Ben’s always wanted to do.
Nope, she’s living on the German DB Bahn train system, which is, by all accounts, not up there with the best European train systems like the TGV, Thalys, or the Swiss rail network.
I also seem to recall a magazine article recently about an eccentric German millennial who gave up renting an apartment in order to split his time between living in hotels and flying around the world. Crazy!
It sounds like the market for German twentysomethings who choose to live as permanent travelers is becoming oversaturated… 😉
Luckily at least one of them is settling down soon!