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.