Over my month of train travel, I passed valleys lit by pink sunlight which dipped in and out of sight as the train wound through each limestone tunnel. I watched teams of trees sway and dance as we rode past, whipped by the falling rain. And saw towns and cities slide by with ancient railside buildings so intricately carved it was as if each building was its own unique piece of art.
I was rocked to sleep by the train’s gentle sway and drank mugs of hot coffee in a train car cafe listening to the attendant whistle warmly as she went about her duties. In the seat selection lottery kind comrades in my carriage shared stories with vulnerability, reminding me that life is equal parts difficult and beautiful for all that live.
Trains make people dream, siding with some soul set memory of simpler times when travel was a luxury which no one took for granted. A once a year – or once in a lifetime adventure to discover another culture or visit long-lost loves.
I chose a ‘traincation’ instead of a ‘planecation’ for my journey through Europe because it was better for the planet, but it turns out it was better for me as well …
And through these adventures, I gathered a few reasons why I feel you ought to make your next vacation a ‘traincation’ as well.