Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Before cars and suburbs, there were trains. They changed the world, opening horizons for people like no machines before. If you’re looking for a new angle on travel, why not make a train your window to the world.

Amava Take: What’s old is what’s new. People are ditching driving and flying and returning to the simple–and elaborate–pleasures of train travel. There are trips all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. There’s  something for every budget and interest and it’s an amazing way to meet new people. All aboard!

From the Front Lines: 

Who might you meet on a train trip? 

You could meet anyone! Families, empty nesters, grandparents with grandchildren and more!

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Plan ahead about when you want to get on and off and think about sunrise and sunset times as you pass through points of interest.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Every day is different. It just depends on the trip you’re taking.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the experience?

I loved meeting fellow travelers. There was always something interesting to talk about.

How would you describe the hard parts?

I didn’t sleep as much as I do in a hotel. There was too much to look at and it kept changing.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

How much wide open space there still is between interesting destinations.

Special Requirements: Just come with an open mind and be ready for something different.

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Finding a Trip: Not all train trips are expensive,  so don’t let cost deter you. Some train rides are known for being scenic and the best way to get close to places you want to see. If you want to do a train trip in the U.S., there are sites that focus on that. For more exotic locations check around with global travel experts.