Travelling by rail can be one of the most leisurely and scenic ways to enjoy a holiday. The steady pace of the train means that you have plenty of time to take in your surroundings and with flexible train tickets you can hop on and off at a whim when you reach a location you’d like to explore. While travelling by train may be one of the better ways to enjoy your holiday, it does come with its own caveats that you may not be familiar with if you usually travel in a different way.
To keep you straight and to help you really enjoy your time away, I’m here with some tips for travelling in style by rail.
Treat Your Itinerary like Scripture
By the time you head off for your holiday, you should really know your itinerary front to back and be able to recite it in your sleep. Knowing your itinerary isn’t just about making sure that you don’t miss any of your connections, it’s all about knowing exactly how much time you have to work with during your entire trip. This will help you to plan out what you can do during your stops and whether it is better to just grab some lunch or plan a trip to the local tourist attractions.
Be Prepared for Some Down Time
Travelling by train is certainly more scenic than air travel or driving, but it does take a little bit longer as well. While there will be large portions of your journey when you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the windows, there will also be periods when there isn’t much to do or look at. It’s best to be prepared for this advance by packing lots of things to do in your downtime, whether it is a great travel book or some games to play with travelling companions.
Pack Plenty of Provisions
Food is always an essential, no matter what method of transport you are taking, and on a train holiday to give you a focus you’ll quickly begin to structure your entire day around eating. Packing plenty of food provisions in advance will keep you from spending inordinate sums on the food trolley, or rapidly putting on weight by snacking on unhealthy foods.
Know When to Close Your Eyes
Travelling by train can sometimes be quite exhausting, especially when you have to make an early connection. Part of learning your itinerary well in advance is knowing when you can get a bit of shut-eye and catch up on sleep, without missing out on any of the things that motivated you to travel by rail in the first place. I recommend finding out which legs of your journey have the least interesting sights or longest delays and then plan a solid nap for that period.
Just try to remember to set an alarm so that you don’t sleep through the whole trip!