In Week Two of Stars and Stripes' annual European summer travel guide, we look at rail and air alternatives for those who would rather avoid seeing the sights from behind the wheel of a car. Also, tips on traveling with kids and how to find an inexpensive place to stay, and a guide to some off-the-beaten-path destinations. And last but certainly not least, a reminder for travelers that the scenery may be nice, but it's still a dangerous world.

Get a rail pass, and let Europe's scenery take your breath away

Taking the Train 101: A lesson in rail travel in Europe

As you travel, heed the warnings and advice

Parents can survive traveling with kids

'Space-A' travel means you go with the flow

It takes savvy to sleep cheap on vacation

This summer, get off Europe's beaten path

Last week's stories: Driving in Europe

Sure, you can take buses, trains and planes to just about anywhere in Europe, but for exploring the continent, the best way is by car. You can stop when and where you want. See what you want. Pack as much as you like (as much as will fit in the car, anyway). On the other hand, there are all those creative drivers to avoid. This week, Stripes Travel magazine looks at driving in Europe ... the good and the bad.

The lineup:

Get out and drive: Impressions of a road trip around Europe

Benelux: Drivers put on quite a show, but it's one you should avoid

Italy: Driving as a popular contact sport

Great Britain: View from the 'wrong' side of the road

Turkey: Wild taxi drivers rule the road

Germany: Steel steeds joust on the autobahn

Bosnia: Pokey drivers and monster potholes

Spain: A sleepy society's shot of adrenaline

Gas coupons reduce the pain at the pump

With bus tours, you can see Europe without the highway adventures

You don't need four wheels to get around Europe; two will be fine

Visit a health clinic before your trip to avoid illness while on the road

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