Every Tuesday it’s Travel Talk on Twitter! Follow the #TTOT hashtag to see what all the commotion and Tweets are about! There are two sessions to join, one at 9:30am GMT and the other at 9:30pm GMT.
Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT:
Q1 via christinahegele: What country would you recommend to travel by train?
- traveldudes: China!! Huge country, diverse scenery, affordable trains. The headache u get when buying tickets is worth the ride
TendToTravel: It’s gotta be my Albanian train trip I’ve raved about way too many times. I called Forgotten Railway. Amazing and super cheap
foodieintl: Italy, because the meals served in the dining cars are to die for!
GoingNomaddanib: Bosnia, if you have time. Train unreliable, gorgeous ride
- bpmojo: Transiberian is also an interesting experience, if long journeys don’t scare you
- 10kjuan: India. A complete cultural experience. Sensory overload from the second you arrive at the station
|Trains in Turkey are so nostalgic!|
Q2 via belvilla_ideen: What are your essential tips when packing for train travel?
ofrevolt: TP or at least pocket tissues are a must! But mostly things to pass the time – book, camera, cards, etc.
- TheTravProject: Food, there is no better way to make your new compartment buddies happier
- toniwonitravels: Warm socks b/c it can get drafty with doors open etc – nice to feel comfortable
- swanny_adel: Pack sense of nostalgia, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humour
- McMedia: A travel pillow, blanket, stretchy pants & good book
FearfulGirl: Dark sunglasses. I like staring at people when they don’t realize I’m staring at them
- myislandartjon: A pen and paper, write and sketch/illustrate as much as you can! Great for train rides
Q3 via TourismPG: What is the most beautiful route you’ve traveled by train?
- beforeiam35: Boden – Kiruna – Narvik in northern Sweden/Norway in the midnight sun
- hikebiketravel: North Vancouver to Whistler on a sunny day is gorgeous – mountain, ocean & canyon views
yenyenteh: English Riviera to St Ives at dawn
rtwdave: The overnight train from Cairo to Luxor, specifically waking up in the morning to see the Egyptian countryside passing by
- Drafted_Boy: Japan. Convenience and the unexpected diversity of Japanese culture made it special
insidetravellab: Train travel through New York state in autumn was a great surprise. Scarlet leaves, river views – much better than by road
- SeeKerala: I really enjoyed north India journey between Delhi and Rajasthan
|Train station in India, empty at dawn|
Q4 via eurapart: Which railway route would you like built, that doesn’t yet exist?
melissashales: I’d like them to fill in the missing gaps between Cape Town and Cairo
- MyDestination: Underwater in the great barrier reef……pipe dream!
- macbethphoto: San Francisco to Honolulu. How hard can it be?
BudgetTraveller: Highspeed rail line from Beijing to London ( via Delhi) That might be a reality soon. 2 days might take
- 25travels: Trains that goes to the beach, honestly so I can say to my boss I took the wrong train
- roniweiss: You should be able to take a train from Vancouver to San Diego
- mobilelawyer: PLEASE bring back trains in South America. ANYWHERE. Sad that continent is pretty much train-free
Q5 via InsideTravelLab: 3 ways to improve travel by train?
worldswaiting: Let’s have reduced prices, free wi-fi and cosy stations!
NOnionsXPickles: Making train travel cheaper than driving would be a great start
EmmaHiggins88: Perfect toilet faicilities, timetables that every country actually sticks to and something that silences screaming babies
- justinhamlin: Faster, Cheaper, More Alcohol
- gapyeardotcom:1) Make every seat 1st class, 2) Serve everyone giant peanuts, 3) Build loop-the-loops into the track 4 interest
|Traveling first class in London|
And there you have it, “Train Travel”!
Have YOU got anything to add to the Train Travel discussion?
© Connie Hum 2011