A rail journey opens up the landscape. It cuts through the backlands, through sheer beauty deep into the edges and heart of Europe. So it´s about using the stops in your favor. The fantastic part of a rail journey is that you are the captain - you define where to stop. Stop somewhere else than you planned, just once at least. A sniff around. Mix nature with culture, cool life with the backroads, slowness with speed of light.
A rail journey is slow travel. There are speed trains, acknowledged, but the reality is that compared to flying rail is slow. You have time to transfer your busy daily life into flow. Gear down.
Travel like a local - Meet people. Onboard and off-board. Be open, reach out. Guaranteed the further you venture out, the more you will be invited in. Find a seat next to locals, who might just be commuting from one station to another, and break a conversation. We know from experience, that what we tend to remember from a journey – whether to the Far East or in nearby Europe, is that the people we meet stay sharpest in our memories – for longest.
Make the journey on board the train an exploration, with all its sounds and shakes and flow. You have time. Time to indulge the landscape, the colors, the light, and the life passing by outside the window. You have time to meet other people on board the train, share stories, discuss, make friends, walk around, hang out in new places. Get off, for a moment, when the train stops. Make yourself a sharp playlist at home that fits the rhythm of the train.
A rail journey is climate friendly. At least, like buses, a pretty sustainable way of exploring. Your footprint is comparatively low. At each new destination try out other new means of local transportation. Rent a bike. It gives you freedom, and gets you closer to the locals.