Though this trip (and subsequent post) was sponsored by Amtrak, all photos and opinions are based on my authentic experiences.
While many of us yearn to travel constantly, planning, executing, and recuperating after seeing the sights, can be an effort of its own. I recently partnered with Amtrak to take a look at how we can slow down and enjoy the process:
Alter Trip Styles and Lengths
Longer trips are a wonderful escape from our hectic day-to-day lives. Managing multiple long trips at once, however, can create a bit more stress than necessary.
I like to switch up the length of my trips altering weekends away via train or short flight and longer jaunts that require somewhat more structure.
Amtrak can take you to 46 different states and over 500 destinations. Opening a number of experiences while ensuring comfort and your preferred level of connectivity.
Do as Locals Do, But Really
At times a more curated series of high-end stays may be your aim, tapping into local haunts is what can truly make one trip stand our from another.
Prior to traveling to a place Dan and I have not yet visited (or done so in a good amount of time), he checks Guy Fieri’s list of recommendations, and I tap into those currently there via Localeur.
Prior to our heading to Philadelphia, I downloaded the Amtrak app and reviewed my Route Guide to help plot out where we were headed, stopping, and the tone we wanted for the trip.
Doing even this small bit of research prior made for a much more seamless experience.
Know When to Blow the Budget
Shifting from free to luxe is one of my favorite things to do while on the road. While an ultimate budget is typically in mind, a bit of indulgence should certainly be sprinkled in from time to time.
Be sure to plan a little something extra, whether a delicious cocktail while you get settled (we enjoyed a delicious Bloody Mary onboard shortly after leaving the station in Boston), incredible meal (Maison 208 was a dream), or a once in a lifetime experience.
My time at The Barnes Foundation took us a bit off the beaten path and while certainly was not free, allowed me to take in the largest collections of Impressionist paintings in the world.
Beyond Picasso and Degas, I fell in love with Delacroix, Sisley, Le Bourg, Daumier, Titian, and Watteau.
Set Safeguards Prior to Departure
Prior to traveling, I set banking notifications to keep me in the loop when charges are made. This allows me to do a quick scan and be sure all is well.
On our way to dinner one evening, I saw a disturbingly large charge made to Dominos which I clearly did not make. I was able to immediately block my card to stop any other fraudulence, and enjoy the evening knowing I could look into things further later that night or tomorrow.
Pack Light, Stay Mobile
I always attempt to bring pieces that work well together and bring the smallest large suitcase I am allowed (does that make sense!?) Amtrak sent us beautiful luggage from their partner Samsonite to help us fit all of our essentials into one central unit.
I limit myself to three pairs of shoes (max) and incorporate my wrinkle-resistant pieces as much as possible when planning outfits.
Amtrak allows each passenger two carry-ons for free (up to 150 pounds), making it a great deal easier to back for longer trips, or bring all your family needs without extra fees.
What are some of your favorite travel tips that help you on your way?