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Hello Kitty Bullet Train to Make Japan Even More Adorable

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 12:00 AM

We're just going to leave this right here. On June 30, 2018, a brand-new bullet shinkansen service will make its debut in Japan: a Hello Kitty train.  The Hello Kitty Express, as we're calling it, will link Osaka and Fukuoka, two cities that are about 400km (250 miles) apart, but as of today, are at the center of our hearts. Everything will be pinker than a debutante, washed in the blush tones o...

Arthur Frommer: Recent Tax Cuts Will Force Reductions in Travel Services

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 5:15 PM

Some commentators have rejoiced over the recent reduction in federal taxes enjoyed by American corporations and the wealthy. Fewer of those pundits have pointed out that those reductions have been achieved in part by reducing our government’s expenditures for programs that improve our quality of life.   The U.S. travel world—and especially our trains and passenger aviation—has suffered in parti...

Et tu, Amtrak? Baggage Fees Coming to Rail

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/01/2015, 6:00 PM

Amtrak is taking a page from the airlines. No, make that two pages. Starting today it will start charging for bags. And it's telling us this is for our own good. According to the railroad, passengers have been trying to bring too many large bags onboard. So it will now start enforcing a limit of two carry-on bags. Those who have more bags will incur a $20 fee for each. And if the bag w...

Wheels Not Wings: Three Tools To Help You Plan Better Bus, Train and Car Trips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2014, 9:30 PM

With the cost of airfare going up, up and away, many vacationers will be traveling closer to the ground this summer. If you’re one of them, here are three websites that could make your time on the road far more pleasant and cost effective. Wanderu.com. A website devoted to both planes and trains, it made a strategic partnership in late May with Greyhound, making it the only website—be...

Free Amtrak Train Travel for Writers Through New Program

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/24/2014, 3:00 PM

Last year, Canada's Via Rail kicked off a program to grant free trips to singers and musicians in exchange for on-board performances. Now America's rail system, Amtrak, has started granting on-board residencies to writers who want to create work during long-distance trips. So far, the idea is happening loosely. There's no way yet to fill out an application form, per se. Instead, writers ar...

Get 2 to 5 Free Days on a Eurail Pass if You Purchase By March 31

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/30/2014, 5:00 PM

Eurail is relaunching its popular "Early Bird" promotion for 2014, granting two to five free days on summer Eurail passes as long as they are purchased by March 31. In the words of Eurail Group, which manages pass sales for some 30 European rail and shipping lines: "This promotional offer applies to both first and second class Eurail Global Passes and are open to all travel categories: Adu...

Introducing Wanderu, the Site that Streamlines the Search for the Cheap Shuttle Bus Services

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/21/2013, 7:00 PM

It had to happen: Kayak for cheapie shuttle buses. New website Wanderu stops budget travelers from having to hunt through multiple sites for cheap bus fares. It grabs search results from a multitude of other sites—the back-end technology is a lot more complicated than you'd think—to bring bus options, including Megabus, Bolt Bus, Go Bus, DC2NY, and other modern shuttles, to a single s...

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