Now that we have gone through some important big money-saving topics it is time for a few nitty gritty travel tips. Today I will be talking about train travel with the biggest money-saving rule as Tip #6.
6. Travel second class when riding trains.
More than once I have worked with clients who first went through big name travel companies to make travel arrangements and reservations. They are almost always told to buy first class train tickets. There is absolutely no better way to waste your money. First class compartments are a bit roomier and have assigned seating. That’s it.
The major train connections between big cities have assigned seats whether you choose 1st or 2nd class. For example, anyone traveling between Florence and Venice will find their seat on the train similar to that of an airline flight. Why pay more money? Both classes are heading to the same spot, both have designated seating.
Second class seating might fit more people depending on the style and age of the train you are on. I have occasionally had to work my way through several cars to find a seat (see my train tips article coming soon) but that has been during peak travel times. Also, I find I love traveling second class because I have a chance to ride with the locals like a local. I always bring a make-shift picnic and use the sharing of my food as an ice breaker for meeting others.
If you are a hard-core first class traveler, then by all means feel free to throw your money away. Just remember that train travel will not be like that on the airlines and don’t expect warmed towels with an aperitif waiting for you.
Check back this week for more tips about train travel, car rental, taxis and public transportation.
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