These days, travelling to your holiday destination by air seems like a given. However, the romance of a train journey can’t be beaten by anything else. It offers everything an airline can’t – hassle-free boarding, no panic-inducing luggage restrictions and ample leg room. In fact, you and your companion can even sit face-to-face during the journey, savouring the sights that flash past the windows. It’s like your luxurious getaway has already begun, even before reaching your destination.
The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
The Rocky Mountaineer glides along four routes through British Columbia, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest, and offers over 65 unique holiday packages. During the rail journey, you will witness the breathtaking sights of nature at its best. You will see the luscious wild beauty of Canada’s west and the Canadian Rockies (all without having to trundle through the forests in heavy hiking boots). This is truly the journey of a lifetime.
The Blue Train, South Africa
Journeying on this blue-coloured train is the epitome of travel luxury. It is much like a five-star hotel on wheels (complete with marble tiling and gold fittings in its bathrooms), and has been visited by famous celebrities and politicians. Guests are pampered with gourmet meals prepared by experienced and top chefs. The route includes over a thousand miles of diverse countryside throughout the coastal Cape Town and Pretoria, the inland capital. This is the ideal way to see all that South Africa has to offer, from the comfort of a train hotel fit for a king.
Palace on Wheels, India
For a truly exuberant experience, choose this Indian rail journey. As soon as you step onto the train, you are majestically swept off to a world of impeccable luxury. You will be treated like royalty, reflecting the glorious lifestyle of an Indian Maharaja. This eight-day journey takes you through the palaces in Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal in Agra. You will always remember the dramatic Elephant Welcome in Jaipur, the lunch and the Lake Palace in Udaipur and the adventurous camel rides. It is the ideal way to see the stunning sights in India, without having to brave the blazing heat.
Before You Go
It’s a good idea to invest in some comprehensive travel insurance so that you’re covered in the case of an unforeseen event. It will also help to read up on the history and heritage of your destinations before setting off on the journey; this will make your trip even more meaningful. You should also make sure you’ve taken all the necessary vaccinations so that you’re not surprised by any illnesses while on abroad.
A rail holiday is really easy to prepare for – simply reserve your tickets, purchase some comprehensive travel insurance, pack your bags and jump on board. Almost everything else is already taken care of, so all you need to do is to sit back and enjoy.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual and comprehensive travel insurance. No matter where in the world you’re travelling and how long you’re going for, InsureMore’s affordable policies will keep you covered.