In the 1970s, American travel writer Paul Theroux set himself an impressive goal: to travel from England to Asia entirely by rail. He catalogued his experience in the book ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’, which is regarded as one of the most romantic pieces of writing about train travel. By Cailey Rizzo
“If a train is large and comfortable you don’t even need a destination,” Theroux wrote. “A corner seat is enough, and you can be one of those travellers who stay in motion, straddling the tracks, and never arrive or feel they ought to.”
In an era when time is a luxury, take a hint from the glamour of yore and indulge in slow-moving, on-the-ground transport. Whether you’re exploring the Andes or dashing through a Japanese island, luxury train travel proves that fly-by country is much more interesting when seen on the ground.
Take it slow on these luxurious train rides through some of the world’s most glamorous destinations. Note that some offerings and schedules may change due to the pandemic.
Editor’s Note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure. Images may depict pre-pandemic travel conditions.