My son LOVES the train. And really, what kid doesn't? If you've yet to experience train travel with or without your kiddos, I encourage you to give it a try! And to make your next train adventure as enjoyable as possible, here are a few super-mama hacks.
Money Saving Hack #1: Get comfy in coach
When my son and I first started our train travel adventures, I was convinced sleeper cars (first class) was the only way to go. Given that on our first trip he was only 3, and I was not yet navigating the single-mom financial tightness, a First Class Roomette was totally doable. However, now that I must look to cut costs and my boy is a bit more travel savvy, I've learned that coach class is definitely the way to go... for us.
With savings ranging from $200 - $800 a ticket, traveling coach is a great way to save money on long-distance travel.
To make the coach experience the best it can be, I've learned to bring a few essentials to get super comfy during our super affordable trip:
Money Saving Hack #2: Pack a Picnic, Train Style
While nearly all Amtrak trains feature dining cars, or at least sell food in some form, we've always brought along our own drinks and snacks to save money and ensure we have what we need.
Here are some of the essential "meals"/snacks I always bring:
Money Saving Hack #3: Amtrak Guest Rewards
We've already had numerous FREE train travel tickets, thanks to the Amtrak Guest Rewards program. Aiden has his own account so he accumulates points as well. When you're taking as many long distance trips as we do, the points add up fast and can be redeemed for upgrades, free tickets, and so much more. Check it out at https://www.amtrak.com/guestrewards/home
Hack #4: Make new friends while enjoying the view
Main takeaway... try the train!
If I haven't convinced you, try it for yourself. With the right attitude, train travel may become your new favorite way to travel!