Train Travel Tips
By Robert Smith
Make Your Family Vacation Memorable
Train travel can be an enjoyable experience for your family.
It is considered the best form of public transportation by many
as it is eco friendly, fun, and way more relaxing than bus travel.
If you plan well in advance and if you are aware of the dos and
don'ts, riding the rails can be a nice experience.
Here are six important tips that can make your train travel
experience an unforgettable one.
Make sure you have a copy of the National Timetable booklet
and a good travel planner with a route map with you. You can
get them at all Amtrak offices.
Kids can get bored easily. If they do not get to see something
interesting or do something interesting while traveling by train,
they can get cranky. So, make sure you choose a scenic route
which will keep your kids interested throughout the ride. Unfortunately,
if you have already chosen a boring route, make sure you pack
some of your kids' items to keep them interested. Things like
magnetic chess boards, toys, coloring books, children's magazines,
DVD players and storybooks could come in handy.
Amtrak allows you to check three pieces of baggage without
paying any extra charges. You should make sure none of the baggage
weighs more than 50 pounds. However, it should be noted that
checked baggage service is not available on all trains. Also,
some stations do not have facilities to handle baggage. So, before
you get started, you should make sure your origin station and
destination station offer baggage service. This is one of the
most important train travel tips you should keep in mind.
Try to choose a direct route. Changing trains, especially
if you are traveling with your family, should be avoided. If
one of your trains gets delayed unfortunately, you could miss
the connecting train and could end up going nowhere. Also, there
are chances of losing your luggage while changing trains. So,
whatever the destination is, always choose the most direct route
to avoid complications.
If you have planned for a long trip, book a sleeper car and
travel at night. No matter how beautiful the route is, more than
five or six hours of train travel during the day can get really
boring especially for your kids. So, book a sleeper car
and get a good night's rest in the bunks.
Make dinner reservations for your entire family and enjoy
a nice meal in the dining car. The meals in the dining car are
reasonably priced and are tasty as well. You can enjoy the scenery,
talk to other people, and enjoy your meals in a relaxed environment.
Trust me your train travel experience is not complete
without enjoying some great food in the dining car.