Help And Inspiration

‘Help and Inspiration’ – two different things, but only one button left on the homepage (for the moment).

The aim is to separate them at some point in the future, but for the time being they’re wedded together in happy harmony.


COMING SOON:

Features that will be added to ShowMeTheJourney between now and Easter 2018:

(i) Train Travel Guides for Spain and domestic journeys within Great Britain (with more countries to be added ASAP)
(ii) The ultimate How To Use Rail Pass guides
(iii) Itineraries to help with planning your bespoke holiday in Europe by train
(iv) More how to buy tickets guides
(v) and more of the Most Popular Journeys
(vi) and more station guides

THE LIST OF HELPFUL ARTICLES:

1. WELCOME TO SHOWMETHEJOURNEY:
Confused by what we’re doing here and wondering why you’ve dropped by?

Well if you’re considering taking a journey into the unknown please don’t rush for the exit, until you have discovered what we’re trying to do.
It mainly involves helping you to have an easier and more wonderful life.


2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Aka ‘please don’t send an email until you have checked these out’.

Our founder and source of most of the train journey info is  a generous person, but for now he's the only person here full time, so he's a tad busy adding more journeys, so that he can help more people more of the time.

Having said that he'd love to hear from you if you have spotted an error in the information provided or have suggestions and ideas that you think would benefit the site.


3. TRAIN TICKET BOOKING GUIDES
Aka ‘please don’t send us an email if you’re having trouble booking on a ticket on a website’.

We wish it was easier, and that all ticket sites did the same things and that they’re weren’t so many steps to take.

We've tried making our lives, and yours easier, by making these guides as short as possible.
But stick with us and you’re likely to save money and - it may not seem like it at first, but you will also ultimately save time – once you’ve become a ticket booking ninja!


4. THE LANGUAGE OF TRAIN TRAVEL
Something we have learned is the the number of people who opt to travel by train is much smaller then the number who say they'd like to.

We suspect that one of the obstructions between intention and doing is the fear of confusion, and we're keen to remove those doubts, hence this guide to the language of train ravel.

This is also the place to be if you're confused by a term we have used on ShowMeTheJourney, as we can be guilty of taking short cuts with terms and phrases.


5. TO SWISS SKI RESORTS BY TRAIN

The RhB trains to St Moritz take this route

The stunningly beautiful railway lines in Switzerland weren't primarily constructed so that travellers could appreciate the scenery.

Their primary purpose was to transport winter sports enthusiasts up to the resorts adjacent to the ski slopes.

So if you want to enhance a Swiss ski resort holiday and ensure a stress-free transfer to the slopes, the train is the way to travel!



6. USING ITALIAN TRAINS


If you will be visiting Italy then taking the train can be all sorts of fabulous.
Virtually all of its most postcard perfect towns have stations and many of the journeys between them are beautiful too.

Italy can also boast some of the world’s most fabulous trains - and er some that aren’t quite so wonderful.

Discover the two main ways of exploring Italy by rail - (i) whooshing around on the amazing high speed trains, (ii) or saving piles of money by slowing down on the Regionale trains.


7. USING FRENCH TRAINS


You don't have to rush around the country by TGVs to make the most of travelling around France by train.
Some of the slower TER trains are also state-of-the-art and give you more time to take in the scenic splendours.

French train travel can also be comparatively quirky, hence the attempt to give you the means to turn confusion into joy.


8. USING GERMAN TRAINS



There's more to love about German train travel than the fabulous ICE trains.
You'll need to step on to the Regio trains to see the most beautiful corners of the country.


A LIST O|F INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES:

1a. SWISS MOUNTAIN RAILWAY GUIDE

Here’s an example of inspiration – it may not seem so at first glance as it's primarily a list of links, but click those links and you'll discover all you need to know about many of the most exciting train journeys on the earth!

Look at the images*, think ‘wow’ and read on to find out how you can experience it for yourself.

*And no not quite every one of these railways has been pictured (yet). Off we went to Switzerland and when we got there we couldn’t see the mountains for three days – but you’ll have more luck than we did!


1b. TEN TIPS FOR EXPLORING THE SWISS MOUNTAIN RAILWAYS BY TRAIN


In a perhaps misguided attempt to make that Swiss Mountain Railways Guide look even less than dull – the tips how to make the most of those incredible railways ended up on a page all to themselves.


2. EUROPE'S MOST EPIC EXPRESS TRAIN JOURNEYS


Our guide to Europe’s most wonderful express train routes taken by regular trains between cities.

These routes have been selected because to enjoy each of them you can take a direct train.

They all offer sustained scenic wonders or have multiple highlights scattered along the journeys – all of which we have been fortunate to take, snapping pictures from the windows along the way.


3. AWE INSPIRING STATIONS


We're trying not to be biased, but a station can be amongst the most fabulous buildings in a city, irresistible lures to the wonder of heading off somewhere fabulous by train.

Here's our list of the locations where the simple act of catching a train is rather marvellous!