Rail travel has been around for many decades, but has become more popular in recent years as a method of holiday travel as routes, trains and destinations improve. So if you would like to take a break from the Central Line, we have you covered. From long romantic journeys to super-speedy adventures - and whether you are watching the pennies or blowing a huge budget - here's five of the best trips you can take by train around the world.
Marrakesh Express, Morocco
A budget overnight train that enables even the thriftiest of travellers to take in the beautiful colours and sights of Morocco. Start in Tangier and weave through the desert and along the Atlantic coastline, covering 400 miles in a single night. Arrive in Marrakesh just in time for breakfast - a total snip at £30!
Alps Sleeper, France
Jump on the Eurostar at London St Pancras and after a short taxi ride from Paris’ Gare Du Nord, you’ll find yourself on the Alps sleeper: For the traveller who prefers comfort over sitting overnight on a cramped carriage. £142 will get you a place in a six-berth carriage, and you’ll wake up in time for croissants and coffee slope-side.
Traveller tip: When travelling such long journeys by rail, views can be hindered in the dark of night, so use this time to catch some quality sleep. The Kip-Kit has been developed over a decade with the sole purpose of providing complete support for your chin, reducing neck and spine strain, enabling you to nod off and wake up feeling completely refreshed and ready for the rest of your adventure!
Little Yellow Train, Pyrenees
The French Pyrenees provide year-round views of a breath taking magnitude. Quaint medieval towns and picturesque mountains will make up your view for much of the ride, who wouldn’t love that? Better still, tickets start from just £12 for a one way trip. And unlike your stuffy commute, this is one train journey you definitely won’t want to end quickly!
Bullet Train, Japan
They’ve been around since the 1960s, but the legendary bullet trains are a must for many avid travellers! We recommend Tokyo to Hokkaido (Japan’s largest main island) where hot springs and seriously delicious seafood awaits. Opt for a single fare (from £155) or a weekly first class pass for £366.
Traveller tip: Head to Japan in the springtime to catch cherry blossom season – truly magical scenes that gather keen travellers in their hoards every year!
Grand Hibernian, Ireland
If it’s luxury you desire, and faraway destinations aren’t on your travel plan right now – head to the emerald isle! The Belmond sleeper train is the ultimate in decadent travel. Forget stuffy carriages and questionable sandwiches, this train packs a real punch. On board you will find two restaurants, a bar, and sleek, open and modern spaces that really make this train stand apart from the rest. It is in service from April to October, so book your ticket from £3,300 for a two-night trip including entertainment and food.
Now you have your travel list updated, make sure your travel kit is up to date too! The Kip-Kit will be launched on Kickstarter in the next few months. To be kept up to date on progress and/or to be informed when they are available to purchase in the UK, please visit: https://www.kip-kit.com/products/kip-kit-travelling-chin-rest where you can also find product information and technical specifications. Explore in comfort, wherever and