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Canada Train Trip: Leaning Into Slow Travel on a 1,200-Mile Ride From the Rockies to the Pacific Coast | Condé Nast Traveler

This train offers comfortable seats, room to stretch, and breathtaking views for just over $100.

By Brendan Sainsbury, April 6, 2022

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It’s still light outside as the train shunts slowly out of Vancouver’s handsome Pacific Central Station and begins to rattle east.

My comfortable 62-seat carriage aboard Canada’s VIA Rail contains just six other passengers for the 19-hour journey from British Columbia’s coast to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, a ride that would cross the country’s Western province.

Unhindered by crowds, I can spread out and enjoy the scenery before pressing on to the harbor town of Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast tomorrow.

Total distance: 1,200 miles. Total cost: just $140 CAD (about $112 USD).

Despite our punctual departure, we barely make it through the spring green fields of the Fraser Valley before the train grinds to the first of many unscheduled halts.

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Meet the Retirees Who Live on Cruise Ships | Condé Nast Traveler

People ask, ‘don’t you get bored at sea?’” says Janice Yetke, 77. “I say, are you kidding me?”

By Laura Kiniry, March 29, 2022

Around the world cruises are a popular way to spend months at sea.  Charissa Fay

When Jeff Farschman, 72, first retired from his role as vice president at Lockheed Martin Services in 2004, he planned on spending his winters as a snowbird enjoying the warm temperatures of the Caribbean.

But that all changed when Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on Grand Cayman, his island of choice, in September of that same year—so he made what would become a life-changing pivot.

Since he’d already booked himself on a week-long cruise to Bermuda, Farschman decided to extend his travels to include six back-to-back cruises (four to Bermuda and two to the Caribbean) culminating as a 47-day trip.

This extensive journey became the impetus for how he now spends his retirement: living seven-to-eight months annually aboard Holland America Line cruise ships.

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The Best Train Trips in the World: 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards | Condé Nast Traveler

The places inspiring your return to travel.

By Todd Plummer, January 24, 2022

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Ah, the allure of train travel.

“Slow travelers” are drawn to this glamorous, old-world mode of exploration, but there’s also something to be said about the perspective found onboard a train–you’re really experiencing a landscape in a way that you can’t experience any other way.

A train trip often brings you where everyday roads cannot, whether it’s through untouched Malaysian jungles or high into the Canadian Rockies.

For our 34th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, we called on all of you to rank the world’s best train journeys–here are the 15 you loved most.

15. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe

Year after year, the world’s most iconic locomotive continues to be a standard-setter in luxury. Of course, the decadent interiors are a fantasy of 1920’s Art Deco design, but it’s the impeccable service that keeps this train firmly ensconced in a class of its own.

Bags are whisked off from the platform and magically reappear in your cabin, no glass ever runs empty, and the beds seem to make themselves anytime you step outside of your cabin.

By day you can revel in the scenery of French countrysides and Swiss mountain scenes, and by night, the formal dress code feels anything but stuffy—in fact, playing dress up and making your way to the art deco Champagne bar is, we think, one of the coolest experiences anyone could have on a train.

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Train Travel in the U.S. Is Getting More Luxurious | Condé Nast Traveler

Upscale sightseeing tours, new products from Amtrak, and planned high-speed routes are making U.S. train travel more comfortable and convenient.

By Barbara Peterson, September 7, 2021

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Rail is on a roll, thanks to a new emphasis in Washington on infrastructure and the environment. These efforts are boosting not just Amtrak’s fortunes, but those of private sector high-speed rail projects across the U.S.

But will American travelers reap the benefits—as in, better and more reliable trains? Train journeys have long been viewed as more sophisticated than traveling by either road or air, but train travel in the U.S. has long lagged behind Europe and Asia, where intercity trains are both high speed and high quality experiences. In contrast, Amtrak has been plagued by aging rolling stock (some of its rail cars date back almost to its inception 50 years ago) and sagging on-time performance. That’s because the quasi-public company has spent much of its history battling congressional critics who’ve periodically voted to slash the line’s federal funding, arguing it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

But sophisticated travelers are voting—with their wallets, at least—in favor of rail, and they’ve been doing so in greater numbers since the pandemic struck, experts say. A recent poll by Virtuoso travel agency consortium found that 69 percent of respondents prefer to travel closer to home. That sentiment is fueling interest in high-end train travel in the U.S., says Misty Belles, Virtuoso’s vice president of global public relations. “[Train travel is] a way to enjoy the beauty of the U.S. and its diverse landscapes without having to drive,” she says. “More spacious seating and ability to roam appeal to those looking to avoid chaotic airports, crowded flights, or cramped cars.”

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