Although train travel is not the most popular method of travel it offers one of the most unique travel experiences you’ll ever have. In fact, if you’ve decided to take the train—whether you’re planning on traversing across the U.S. or Canada, or traveling between countries in Europe—you will quickly see that train travel is truly about the journey.
First of all, plan to travel for quite a long time—for sure longer than if you would go the same distance by car.
Because of the long hours involved, pack along different activities you can do throughout the ride. Reading is the perfect activity for train rides, as trains are more conducive to reading than buses or even cars because of the smoothness and stability. Bring along several books, magazines, comics, or newspapers—whatever it is you like to read.
Crossword puzzles are also fun to do during train travel. Other writing activities, such as word searches, word jumbles, and journaling or blogging make great train travel activities. Trains also have the room for you to play board games with the family. Did someone say Yahtzee?!?
Bring your devices to listen to music or watch movies while you’re enjoying the ride. You can simultaneously relax and enjoy the scenery while listening to some tunes or binge watching a favorite show. Train rides are awesome for the scenery, so do take some time to really soak in the sights.
Most major rail lines offer free WIFI on-board passenger runs. You will be able to keep up on social media, play games and even search activities to do when you get to your destination.
If you’re train traveling with children, the “Are we there yet?” question can seriously drive you insane, so it’s essential to pack along plenty of activities for them to do along the way. Reading books, activity books, sticker books, coloring books and crayons, quiet toys, and video games make great kid companions for long train rides. Don’t forget to pack plenty of kid-friendly snacks as well as pillows for naps.
Try interacting with your fellow train passengers in a friendly, respectful, and polite manner. You can roam around and meet other travelers. If you’re traveling with your family and you find another family with young children, you may want to try to get the kids to play together so the adults can enjoy some conversation.
And don’t forget to take advantage of the restaurant, bar or café car, if there is one. Pack everyone up and head there at meal times and enjoy a leisurely meal, or at least a snack or beverage. This will certainly shave off some time during your train travel.