The Days of the Armchair Traveler

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Back in the days before the World Wide Web,  I would sometimes plan my dream vacation, and being the detailed person I was, made use of the ever helpful Thomas Cook Continental Timetables that could tell me the best ways to get from Town A to Town B by rail.  Because when you’re on vacation, and on a bit of a budget, getting a Britrail and Europass was the way to go.

Of course, in today’s world the Thomas Cook guides are now online, for a fee, and with so many other free apps available (e.g. Rail Europe or Amtrak Forum), it has become rather obsolete to use a book size guide when you can have the same information on your smartphone or tablet.

Rail Passes are still available, but with the advent of the internet, you no longer have to purchase them via a travel agent, if you can even find one nowdays that still operates out of a storefront.  Now you simply go to and cut out the middleman.  And you can get your train pass direct for Great Britain by going to

Ah, but those days of dreaming are remembered fondly.  What’s your favorite app to get around Europe or North America with? Drop me a line and let me know.

#Happy Traveling!