If you’re planning to travel around the U.S., the Amtrak train system is one of the best, cheapest options! Here’s how to make the most of Amtrak travel:
Research discounts — You’d be amazed how many discounts you can find online! Do a quick Google search for “Amtrak discounts”, and you’ll find all sorts of awesome offers. It may help you to plan your itinerary better, and you’ll slash the price of your travel significantly. If you are with the military, AARP, AAA, or even enrolled in a school, you can get a discount on your travel.
Become a member — Amtrak offers a Rewards Program, which will earn you points every time you travel. If you do a lot of traveling, you can get great discounts on car rentals, hotel stays, meals, and more. It’s worth the minimal amount of time invested in signing up for the Rewards Program!
Plan the route — In order to ensure that you make the most of your trip, it’s important to plan ahead. You don’t want to spend all your time riding the train, but you want to see more of the cities that you’re visiting. That means you have to prepare an itinerary with all of the timetables of the train arrivals and departures. Plan your in-city activities around your travel!
Rest in the Quiet Car — In the Quiet Car, cell phones are banned, conversations are kept to a minimum, and the ambience is very library-esque. It’s a great place to get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep, or just to get rid of the noise of the people riding the train with you. Not all lines have a Quiet Car, so make sure to find the ones that do.
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