Travel Tip of the Day: Use the Bathroom on the Train

Train

Use the Bathroom on the Train If you’re traveling to Europe this summer and taking the train, be sure to use the bathroom before getting off. Why? Because most train stations charge one Euro ($1.36) just to use theirs. That’s a Euro that can be better spent on gelato!   _________________________________________________________________________________ Tried this tip? Let me know in […]

On the El Transcantábrico train in Spain

El Transcantábrico

I have dreamed of a trip onboard the famed, yet uber-expensive, Orient Express for decades. So when I learned about El Transcantábrico Clásico, a luxury train that runs along the coastline of Spain, I thought this would be my Spanish version of a glamorous, old-fashioned train journey through Europe. The El Transcantábrico Clásico is a weeklong […]

Travel App of the Week: Rail Planner App from Eurail and InterRail

Rail Planner App

Recently I attended a European travel conference and the coolest app I walked away with was the Eurail/InterRail Rail Planner App. Any traveler heading to Europe and planning on using their trains should download it to their smartphone. It’s for both iPhone and Android, and it enables you to plan your European trip by train […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Miss Your Stop or Connection

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Don’t Miss Your Stop or Connection If you’ve just gotten off of a long flight and are waiting for a connection, or if you’re taking the train, be sure to set your cell phone alarm just in case you fall asleep!   _________________________________________________________________________________ Want more travel tips? Subscribe to the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! All […]

Taking the Train from Monaco to Italy

A Street in Ventimiglia

Last week, I wrote about how my wife Natalie and I had three meals in three countries in ONE day! We had breakfast in Monaco, lunch in Italy and dinner in France. Here’s the post. What I didn’t tell you is about how we got from Monaco to Italy … on a budget. Natalie and I were staying […]

Riding The Ghan in Australia

Driving to The Ghan

I wanted to ride Australia’s The Ghan the moment I learned it’s one of the world’s great train rides. And, last October, I had my chance and it was an experience I will never forget. The inaugural journey was in 1929 but the route back then only went from Adelaide to Alice Springs. It wasn’t […]

Summertime Family Fun in Whistler – Rocky Mountaineer Train

Top of Brandywine Falls from train

  The Rocky Mountaineer Train One of the big highlights of our trip was our travels on The Rocky Mountaineer train, which recently introduced its glass domed car for its Whistler Sea to Sky Climb route from Vancouver to Whistler. The biggest regret I had taking my 7-year-old on this trip was that her three older siblings weren’t with us […]

Living in a Jail Cell, Tobogganing down a Mountain in Lucerne: Part 1

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By Ben Brown The Steamboat’s horn blasts, turning a thousand heads toward the lake—not that they weren’t looking anyway. Benches line the shore, shaded by a perfect row of trees. Every seat has the best view. Pedestrians and joggers pass before diners on seaside patios; others picnic right there on the docks, as swans preen […]