June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
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Ask most travelers how to plan a trip by train, and you’ll probably hear a fairly matter-of-fact response.
“Enter your location, your destination, and how long you want to travel.”
And yes, while answering these and a few other questions — including Business Class vs. Coach seating — are enough to get you a ticket, they won’t fully prepare you for how to plan a trip by train.
First off, you need to know that you’re vying for those tickets against a rapidly increasing group of train travelers. From Spring 2019 to Spring 2020, Amtrak ridership spiked 86 percent. (In other words, book early!)
And sure, some of this can be tracked to the pandemic. But many others see a rising tide of train travelers looking for a more luxe experience. (Amtrak is even cashing in on the trend by offering full-meal service and other first-class touches to longer routes).1
That brings us to another key element of your train travel planning: the purpose. Are you just trying to get from Point A to Point B in a more convenient, comfortable, or economical fashion? Or is the journey your destination — riding the rails for hundreds of miles to gawk at the fall foliage or other spectacular views best framed up by a passenger train window?
Whether you’re looking at how to plan a train trip for form or function, we have some tips for getting you rolling toward your ideal train trip.
Just because trains take you across the country vs. around the world, it doesn’t make a travel insurance plan any less critical. After all, trains are bringing travelers to destinations where they have pre-paid, nonrefundable purchases, whether it be a guided tour through a quaint New Hampshire town or a snowboarding lesson. And if you need to cancel your trip for a covered reason, a travel insurance plan from Allianz Global Assistance with a Trip Cancellation benefit can come in huge.
But that’s not the only reason you should pack travel insurance on your next train trek. Benefits ranging from Trip Interruption to Baggage Loss/Damage and Emergency Medical Transportation can all make a bad situation a distance memory. And don’t forget about the Concierge benefit that comes with all plans. Whether you’re trying to find a pair of high-powered binoculars to catch distant views of the passing flora or want to find a 24-hour pancake house within a quick trip of the train station, our travel experts have you covered.2
If you’ve never ridden a train before, they can be full of surprises. Here’s some advice for navigating your first or next trip.
Now that you have a better idea of how to plan a trip by train, it’s time to consider your destinations.
With a little research and a travel insurance plan from Allianz Global Assistance, mastering how to plan a trip by train is a cakewalk. We’ll see you onboard!