Current airport security hassles
on US and UK flights too much for you? Riding the rails instead works -- comfy, easy, and makes for wonderful world watching.
, which reported that rail travel bookings were up 26% Thursday (Detroit Free Press
), rocks as a travel method. Check out a trick Amtrak trip map
to see if Amtrak's going where you are -- routes get skimpy west of the Mississippi -- and remember that student travelers get 15% off
with an ISIC
card; if you're traveling to your prospective campus with a companion, Amtrak's got a free ticket
for him or her.
will take you to the European destination to which you may have been planning to fly from London's Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted airports -- take the London tube
to Waterloo station and hop the Eurostar under-chunnel train to Paris or Brussels, where you can make train connections
. You'll get a Eurostar discount with your student-discounted Eurail pass
And the bus is always rolling in the US of A -- student travelers get 15% off on Greyhound
(Edited 8/15: please see updates on UK carry on rules.)
Related: TSA Locks and Checked Baggage | How to Avoid Lost Luggage | London Terrorist Threat Affecting Airport Security | Airport Security Rules | Backpacking Europe Tips | UK Ferries and Buses | Busabout - Europe Bus | Current TSA List of Airport Prohibited Items
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