May means school is nearly over, cold weather is pretty well gone, and planning is underway for enjoying summer. Try something different this year and consider the train.

Most of us are familiar with Amtrak, http://www.amtrak.com/home which operates passenger trains throughout the country. Many people don’t know that there are a variety of vacation packages and tours available through Amtrak, in addition to simple transportation from one point to another. Prices are reasonable, and although the speed is slower than by plane, passengers have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Trains also offer comfortable amenities not available when you are flying or driving. Sleeping cars, dining cars, and cars with special seating designed for scenic viewing make traveling by train a pleasure.

In addition to tour and vacation planning, you can get lots of good advise on train travel at sites like http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/u-s-train-travel.

Here are their top 10 Train Travel Tips:

1. Read your ticket for information regarding reservations, services and bonuses.

2. As with air travel, be prepared to deal with cancellations and delays.

3. If you are traveling overnight and need rest, plan on getting a sleeper car.

4. Dress comfortably. Also, bring an extra sweater and comfortable shoes.

5. Find out the hours of the dining car and schedule your meals accordingly.

6. Avoid close connections.

7. Don’t leave luggage unguarded on the train or in the station.

8. On night trains, secure baggage to the rack with a small bicycle lock.

9. Keep your valuables in a concealed money belt when sleeping on trains.

10. Purchase earplugs at any pharmacy to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Don’t forget Photo IDs for your children and teens when you travel. Even when not required, they’re an excellent, inexpensive way to provide additional safety for your child and peace of mind for you. And during the month of May, we will be adding a free lanyard for every KidsTravelCard, TeenTravelCard and AdultInfoCard ordered. Last note — if you are seeing this Newsletter on Facebook, Twittter, or LinkedIn, you can subscribe too so you won’t miss anything. Just contact us and we’ll add you to the list.

What in the heck is a AdultInfoCard, and why would you want one? Most adults have either a driver’s license or an identification card issued by their state DMV office.  But there are several very good reasons why you might also want to carry an AdultInfoCard.  The back of each AdultInfoCard is available for information regarding medications, medical information, allergies, insurance information, and virtually any information that might be useful for someone to know if you weren’t able to speak to them.  That information, together with contact information on the front of the AdultInfoCard, means that in the event of an accident, medical professionals would know how to care for you and who to contact. That means that adults with health or cognitive issues, and their families, can have much great peace of mind.

Sometimes an adult is asked for multiple Photo ID’s, which can be a problem if they only have their license with them.  The AdultInfoCard can be the perfect solution. It is not a government issued proof of identity, but when just an additional photo ID is requested, it is generally accepted.

Your safety and the safety of your other family members is the most important consideration, but why should you choose the AdultInfoCard over competitors on the market?  First of all, because it’s a plastic card, rather than a laminated paper card.  The AdultInfoCard comes with a soft, cotton lanyard which can be worn around the neck for easy access and visibility.  The lanyards come in a wide variety of vibrant colors and have a break-away catch for safety.  The AdultInfoCard is more customizable than any other card available, with the entire back of the card available for whatever information might be important.  Things like health insurance information, allergies, medications, extra contacts, behavior or physical issues, etc., can all be printed on the card.

Any questions about the AdultInfoCard?  Just call 800-462-2328 or email sharon@travel-idcard.com with “question” in the subject line.  To check out all our products, go to the shopping card site, www.travel-idcard.com.

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