Train travel ushered in the golden age of travel. Ever since James Watt patented the world first steam engine, travelling took a paradigm shift for the better. Since the first step taken by James Watt, there have been a lot of tweaking, and improvements on the rail service, to what it is today. For travelers sickened by traffic jams, body searchers, flight delays, and small legrooms, travelling by train is the best alternative there is. It is also a wonderful way of exploring the environment as one travel something that cannot be done on air or on water. In addition, it goes without saying that is much cheaper for long distance travel.
If you plan of taking a train trip, the following tips will definitely set the ball rolling in the right direction.
This sound’s rather obvious. However, you should never overlook this especially if you are planning to travel for long distances cutting across different time zones, countries, and climates. For example, a train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok requires many logistics on your part. Check important aspects such as travel documents, the right kind of attire, books, local currency, camera, vaccination, diary, and timetable.
Like in an airplane, the best services are always found in the first class. These include entertainment, food, rests, etc. This is especially important for long distance travelers. Many train companies offer promotional services for first class passengers, and you will love every bit of it. It is the way to go.
Also, before settling on a particular company, make sure to look for the best deal in the market.
One of the disadvantages of long train travels is monotony. One of the best ways of avoiding this is by moving around. Thankfully, many trains do not restrain on passenger movement if they are done in an ordely manner. You can surely find other passengers bored, and hopefully you can start a meaningful conversion.
Long travel plus boredom is a perfect recipe for hunger. Having nothing to it when bored, and tired is not the best of experiences. To shield yourself against this experience before the next train stop, it is advisable to have some snacks with you, they always come handy.
Never trust anyone with your luggage. Essential documents such as your passport, visa, rail pass, and health records should always be with you at all times. This should apply even when you are in the safest of countries.
If you plan to travel from Madrid to France, then obviously there will be many places to stop by enroute. To carefully plan your time, prepare an itinerary before travelling. Without it, you can end up losing valuable time, and money.
When in a foreign country and in doubt, on issues such as the departing time, or the right train to board, always ask for guidance preferably from the information desk in the rail way station.