What Are The Best Train Rides In The World? Here Are A Few Suggestions

Some people love to spend their vacation on a train taking in some of the world’s finest natural scenery. If you are one of the many train lovers out there, then you are in luck. Travel agents are revealing some of the best train rides in the world, and below we will detail a few of their top picks.


Of course, Switzerland is an obvious choice for first place. Although it’s not a surprising choice, if you’ve never taken a ride on one of Switzerland’s three express lines, then you don’t know what your missing. If you only have time or money for one Swiss journey, travel experts recommend taking the Jungfraubahn. This train ride will take you up 3,000 meters up to the Jungfraujoch, which is still the highest railway station in all of Europe. There’s simply no better way to take in the beauty of the Alps than on this historic train ride.


If you live in America, travel enthusiasts suggest taking a trip on the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco. This 52-hour train ride will take you across various key attractions in the Western states, including California’s High Sierra and the canyons of Colorado. Forget taking the overrated road-trip across the nation, you can allow some of America’s natural wonders unfold right before your eyes on this wonderful trip.


For any Canadians out there, you should know that the Rocky Mountaineer is not the travel expert’s favored way to take in the Canadian Rockies. Instead, most travel lovers recommend taking The Canadian from Jasper to Vancouver. This comfortable train offers guests some of the best views of both the mountains and the local wildlife.


Just a few other train rides travel experts recommend include the ride from Bangkok to River Kwai in Thailand, the trip between Kristinehamm and Gällivare in Sweden, and a great tour of the Welsh countryside from Dovey Junction to Pwllheli.



Carnival Will Offer Cruises Going Through The Panama Canal

The Panama canal had recently upgraded their lock system so that more ships can efficiently pass through. Carnival Cruise Line will now take it’s new ship Splendor through the canal to show it’s new capabilities. The ship was too large to pass through with the old lock system si this will open things up for future opportunities. The Panama Canal was created to open up a safe passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Previous voyages had to be done through the dangerous seas between South America and Antarctica.

The ship is capable of holding over 3,000 passengers. The voyage will begin in Miami and end in Long Beach, California. The entire voyage will last 13 days and mostly take place in the Caribbean. It will stop at the ports in Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Splendor has been in service since 2007 for various routes. The ship includes services such as on board restaurants, theater plays, nightclubs, spas, water slides, on board casino and more. Many of the routes go through the Caribbean and Latin America and typically lasts 4 to 8 days.

Other cruise lines to offer routes through the Panama Canal include Princess Cruise lines, Disney Cruise lines and Norwegian Cruise line. The Caribbean Princess was previously too large for the old canal but now it is capable of going through. The massive 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss has plans on going through the new Canal in 2018.

Cuba’s Travel Industry is Worried About Donald Trump

It has been nearly two years since United States President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to end the decades-long diplomatic impasse between the two nations. Although the embargo is pretty much still in place, tourism in the Caribbean island nation has been thriving, and the prospect of open travel between both countries is promising.


As can be expected, Cuba has been a political talking point in the campaign to succeed President Obama. While Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has pledged to work with the U.S. Senate and the House to ease the embargo, Republican candidate Donald Trump would like to see the opposite.


During a Miami campaign stop in mid-October, Trump pledged to reverse the diplomatic work achieved by President Obama, who historically visited Cuba earlier this year.


Travel industry leaders are concerned about the comments made by Trump in Miami. Although they know that the controversial Republican candidate is merely one scandal away from losing every state to Hillary Clinton, they worry about the seed planted during this disjointed campaign.


According to a recent article by Johanna Jainchill of Travel Weekly, the tourism infrastructure investments made thus far in Cuba have been made with American travelers in mind. The current diplomatic course between U.S. and Cuba suggest that American tourism to the island will begin in earnest sooner than later. However, if Trump’s call to reverse diplomacy is heeded by political leaders, the investments made thus far could be jeopardized.


What is strange about Trump’s position in Cuba is that he has made his alleged billions in the hospitality industry. There was a time when he would have pushed for a Trump Hotel in Havana; these days, however, the rhetoric would no longer support such inauguration.


Great European Cities With Less Tourist Traffic

It’s so clichéd to want to visit Paris, London, or Rome whenever planning a voyage to Europe. However, there are many other wonderful and less crowded European cities out there to experience. A recent survey just came out listing nine less popular European cities that are totally worth planning a trip around. While these cities may not have as much cachet as other European cities, they do offer authentic cultural experiences far away from the hordes of tourists.


For those traveling to Germany, perhaps instead of going to Berlin you could plan to explore Munich. Munich is a wonderful metropolis with plenty of wonderful cultural gems to marvel over. First, everyone in Munich must see the beautiful English Garden, one of the prettiest and largest gardens in all of Germany. You can also take in the whole city from the top of the Olympiapark tower. For those who love churches, Munich has many to take in, including St. Peter’s Church, Asam’s Church, and the Theatine Church of St. Cajetan.


Another interesting entry into this list is Zürich, Switzerland. Most people assume that Zürich is only for old fogies involved in finance, but most visitors here are pleasantly surprised to find this grand Swiss city has a lot of spunk. While most people traveling to Switzerland head to the capital city of Bern, Zürich is full of energy and dynamism, especially with its youthful art scene and its 500-plus bars.


Instead of visiting Madrid or Barcelona, this new study suggests taking a stop in Valencia on your next trip to Spain. Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain, which means it is far easier to navigate than the more popular Spanish tourist traps. Valencia’s Mercado Central will give you all the flavors of a true Spanish market without the overpowering crowds. Anyone who wants to experience the “Old World” will be satisfied with Valencia’s Church of San Nicolas, and those interested in the “New Age” will just fall in love with Valencia’s unique City of the Arts and Sciences museum.


The other cities that made this list include Budapest, Hungary; Antwerp, Belgium; Zagreb, Croatia; Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; and Marseille, France. Most of these cities are well-known only to more experienced European adventurers. So, be sure to take a peek at all of these suggested travel locations before finalizing your next trip to Europe.



Royal Caribbean Named The Leading Cruise Line In Australasia

Royal Caribbean has been given another prestigious award. It has been named the Leading Cruise Line in Australasia. The award was presented at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia, which is in Danang, Vietnam. Tourism and travel professionals were asked to cast votes for the best cruise line. Voting is also open to the general public. People who live in Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia are able to vote for the cruise line that they think is best.


Adam Armstrong is the Managing Director of Royal Caribbean in New and ZealandAustralasia. He stated that he is honored that Royal Caribbean was given the award. He also stated that Royal Carribbean has had a great year.


Royal Caribbean has been in Australasia for nine years. Adam stated that Australasia has been gone to the cruise line ever since it made its debut. He also stated that he looks forward to the next season of cruising. Adam said that this will be the cruise line’s biggest and best season yet. They look forward to welcoming the guests back and everyone having a good time during their cruise.


Royal Caribbean is one of the largest and most successful cruise lines in the world. The cruise line operates 23 cruise lines in the world. Additionally, Royal Caribbean controls 17 percent of the cruise lines in the world.


Flights from the U.S. to Europe for Less Than $200 in 2017

A polemic airline based in Iceland is making headlines thanks to its extremely affordable transatlantic flights.


WOW Air is a budget air carrier that made history in 2015 with $99 flights to Reykjavik from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This year, WOW Air is adding a second European destination besides exotic and frosty Iceland. A press release by the airline indicates that its executives have reached an agreement with Cork Airport in Ireland so that American travelers can fly for just $159.99.


The one-way airfare to Ireland will be available in the summer of 2017, one of the best times to visit the picturesque Cork, which is billed as an emerging ecotourism destination.


Located in the Irish countryside, Cork is known as a tranquil destination filled with rolling hills covered with wildflowers. Some of the attractions in the area include the mythical Blarney Stone, which is meant to be kissed so that one obtains the gift of gab and flattery. There are also whiskey tours, picturesque taverns and quaint town squares.


The U.S. airports included in this promotion include: Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Newark, and San Francisco. Interested travelers should start making reservations now for departure next year. The airline expects to offer flights four times a week.


WOW Air has been recognized by the government of Iceland as a driving force behind the country’s nascent tourism industry.


In the past, Iceland was lucky to get a few hundred American visitors per year; these days, the Nordic country gets a few thousand tourists who arrive during its short and lovely warm season. WOW Air executives are working on adding more European destinations before 2020.



Traveling with Retirement in Mind

Having left the work world for some 10 years to raise my children, I’ve found that my earning potential has been seriously compromised. Making gobs of money no longer interests me as I witness the toll that long hours and dedication to a job has taken upon my friends and their families.


Retirement, however, does worry me. So I started to visit Mexico, scouting for possible retirement locations. Our Southern neighbor has a reputation of violence and lawlessness, but I simply haven’t found this to be the larger reality in Mexico. Having already visited the big city of Guadalajara and the tourist destinations of Puerta Vallarta and Cancún, I decided to check out the Lake Chapala area.


Lake Chapala is the largest fresh water lake in Mexico. The small towns of Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotepec (amongst others) can be found on its sunny shores. Nearly twenty thousand expatriates from the United States and Canada call this area home so it seemed worth checking out.


Formed by a volcanic past, the Lake Chapala area has the feel of the Big Island of Hawaii. Lushly wooded hills surround the lake, with towns and small farms carved out. The streets are often cobblestone (tough on car suspensions but lovely nonetheless). The views are as incredible as the delicious street food that can be bought on every street corner. The temperature averages a balmy 75 degrees year round.


The cost of living in Lake Chapala is remarkably low. Food is inexpensive and there is even a Walmart in Ajijic where you can find items, like half and half, that are otherwise hard to come by. I feel like I’ve won the lottery and may one day be calling Lake Chapala my home.




Check out Rick Steves’ Best of Europe in 21 Days


Can you imagine how it would be to drink a cafe con leche in the Plaza del Toros in Madrid? Do you think that you’ll ever be walking in Italy in a place where Romans once stood? Do you know what it would be like to be driving through the Pyrenees mountains between Spain and France on a bus with perfect strangers?


In all of these scenarios, you’re going to an unknown destination. You’re on your way to adventure in the mysterious land of Europe.


These are the dreams that many people have when they are looking for a place to get away. But we also live fast-paced lives, and how can you see the entirety of Europe when you also have a life to live? How can you experience everything that the continent has to offer on a budget? Well, it just might just work if you use Rick Steves’ Best of Europe in 21 Days.


Rick Steves’ Best of Europe in 21 Days


Rick Steves is one of the most famous tour guides in the United States and the world. He got his start by traveling throughout Europe and the rest of the world by himself, and he finally started to lead his own tours as a means of making money.


Steves has a number of planned tours that he can take you on himself or send you on. You can use his books and films to take yourself through Europe with your own guided plan, or you can use his new plan. It’s called Rick Steves’ Best of Europe in 21 Days, and it does just what the title says. To sign up, visit Rick Steves’ website.


The Top Reasons to See Every Continent in Your Lifetime

If you’ve always wanted to travel to another country, you might have a place like Paris on your mind. And yes, visiting Paris would be a wonderful experience. It’s definitely amazing to visit the Eiffel Tour, and you should surely take time to see the catacombs beneath the city and walk along the River Seine if you can.


But you do know that there are other places besides Paris, right? Yes, there are other places aside from Europe as well. And it’s important to remember that many of those places are not only more affordable and easier to get to, but they can also be just as exciting if not more so.


Why You Should Try to Visit All 7 Continents in Your Lifetime


  1. You’ll learn new languages.


Immersion language learning is extremely underrated. If you’re in a place where they speak another language for even a week, you’ll learn.


  1. You’ll have no regrets.


Have you spent your life trying to avoid thinking about the regrets that you might have? If so, doing this will take all those worries away.


  1. You’ll build your mind and your spirit in a truly unique way.


Lastly, traveling makes you strong. It makes you a person to contend with. You haven’t just stayed in the comfort of your own small town or home. You’ve gone out into the world and seen what it has for you. It’s an amazing experience that will make you stronger, smarter and more capable to accomplish all of the other goals that you will have in your lifetime. Do it, and see for yourself.


What You Absolutely Must See at the Louvre in Paris

One of the biggest attractions in Paris is the Louvre. There’s something special about this place that makes it a continual attraction for people from all around the rest of France, Europe and the entire world.


It’s not necessarily that the Louvre is so large and amazing. It’s also the fact that it has so much history packed in and around its walls.


With that being said, you’re probably all set to go, right? Well, hold your horses a bit. There are some things that you need to remember when it comes to visiting this monstrosity. First, you won’t be able to see everything in one day. There’s no possible way. Instead, you’ll need to make sure that you at least plan three to four days to see most of what the Louvre has to offer. Actually, if you want to be serious about it, you’ll plan a few weeks or a month. If that’s not possible for you, make sure to keep these tips in mind for your shorter trip.


  1. October is the best time of the year to visit. It’s a little slower, but the exhibits are still fantastic.


  1. The Mona Lisa is great. You can’t miss it. But look at everything else that’s there too! Check out the Death of Mondale, for example. There are tons of overlooked pieces to view.


  1. Linger a little bit as you walk. We know that we just said there’s way too much to see, but don’t forget to go slowly. This is often a once in a lifetime experience.