When it comes to flight shaming, this refers to our own travel habits rather than the shaming of others. The trend encourages us to rethink the way we discover the world, not put an end to our love of travelling.
For instance, if you’re thinking of going on an indulgent weekend away, do you really need to fly to Paris, or could you take the train instead?
Unsurprisingly, the Swedes, who take tackling climate change very seriously, even have a word for train bragging. Tagskryt is what luxury tour operator Original Travel predicts will overtake hygge as the Swedish word we use more commonly in the English language.
Tagskryt applies to people who opt to get around by train rather than plane, travelling cleanly and greenly. Lucky for us, rail holidays have been on the rise for a while and they’re set to truly take off in 2020 when there’ll be more ways to get around by train.
In recent years, we’ve seen Austria launch its Nightjet overnight trains and the Swedish government’s £4.3 million pledge to research new overnight routes into Europe, plus news that the Orient Express will double the number of its grand suites and a £150 million overhaul of the Caledonian Sleeper.
Train travel is big business right now and there are so many benefits to choosing rail over air travel. It’s often cheaper and can be quicker than spending hours at the airport before you’ve even made your way to 33,000ft.
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In the UK, you can cross the breathtaking 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct aboard the Jacobite steam train in the Scottish Highlands or explore Norfolk like royalty as you make your way across its stunning countryside.
For a winter escape like no other Switzerland’s Glacier Express will take you through the world’s most beautiful alpine scenery, while a summer rail trip could take you to the hiking trails and fresh mountain air of Austria, or to glamorous Lake Como with a ride on the Bernina Express.
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