#TTOT Roundup: Train Travel

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”!

    Next week’s #TTOT topic is: “Capital Cities” submitted by Kelly Dean Ottawa. Submit your questions HERE! And don’t forget to tune follow the #TTOT every Tuesday at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT!

    As always, a HUGE travel community thank you to our #TTOT hosts and organizers: traveldudes, roniweiss, toddwassel, traveldesigned, insidetravellab, WildJunket, tbloggersunite and mobilelawyer!

    Have YOU got anything to add to the Train Travel discussion? 

    © Connie Hum 2011

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