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Only Good News as Another Airline Announces Collaboration with Hello Kitty

Where: Japan
September 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Stop the presses for important breaking news. Hello Kitty is collaborating with yet another Asian airline and, for the first time, the partnership is all about featuring the cartoon girl-cat in her signature colors of pink, purple and white.

This week, Peach , the low-cost airline based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and a subsidiary of ANA, showed off the newest addition to their merchandise.

The “Revoltech Hello Kitty Peach" figurine costs 2,300 JPY ($21.65 USD) plus tax and may be found on sale at Peach's online shop, within Peach's own airside brick-and-mortar store at Osaka-Kansai Airport Terminal 2, and in select toy shop locations (see Facebook).

Peach wants you to play with this toy, instead of just look at it on a shelf. It even includes accessories:

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Universal Orlando's 'Hogwarts Express' is Totally Showing Up Actual Amtrak Trains

August 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Already?!

That's the question being exclaimed by visitors to Universal Studios Orlando, as the theme park has announced that their newest ride—the Hogwarts Express within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley—just surpassed 1 million riders.

This train, a ride experience we heralded as "the most attractive ride at Universal Orlando" and which became our favorite of all at the park, only opened to the public on July 8, 2014. On August 7, the Universal Orlando Facebook page announced they'd reached the million riders, conveniently one day short of the ride's one month anniversary.

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How to Hop the Nozomi Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto

August 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Train travel can bring a very different perspective compared to flying, and when it’s the high-speed variety in a country as intriguing as Japan, it’s definitely not just about getting from A to B. We recently took this gleaming white Shinkansen between the capital Tokyo and former imperial capital Kyoto, a two and a half hour journey that zipped by at 190 mph (300 km/h).

Seen here at Tokyo Station, the passengers queueing so neatly is no coincidence. The lanes you see on the platform indicate exactly where you are meant to stand for which door, but somehow we believe in unfailingly organized and polite Japan things wouldn't turn into a stampede even without them.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The Darjeeling Limited' and Serious Train Travel

July 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Few movies investigate family bonding, self-actualization, and travel like 'The Darjeeling Limited'. Wes Anderson's flick, about three brothers reunited for a spiritual journey through India while they re-establish their relationship one year after their father's death, had us giggling at some moments and blinking away tears at others, but longing for a long-haul train ride throughout.

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When is the Swiss Train Pass Worth the Price Tag?

June 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest decisions that U.S. travelers to Europe have to make is whether to purchase a pre-planned rail pass or to wait and buy single-journey tickets on the go. On our recent trip to Switzerland with a focus on the greater Zurich area, we used a Swiss Pass to travel between the small towns and villages.

Below, we break down the cost versus the benefits of the pass.

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VIA Rail Canada Unveils New 'Prestige Class' Train Cabins

Where: Canada
June 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a week ago, we gave you 11 benefits that train travel still has over the airline experience. Right on time, VIA Rail, Canada's national rail network, revealed the results of a $1 billion government investment in the form of a new "Prestige Class" on the Canadian, one of the network's flagship trains that runs between Toronto and Vancouver.

As the name would suggest, the highlights of the new Prestige Class provide passengers with a luxury experience, including personalized service, a cabin with 50% more space and bigger windows compared to the Sleeper Plus class, private bathroom with shower, flat-screen TV with on-demand, and a minibar. We're assuming that meals are also included in the rate (as they are for the Sleeper Plus Class), but those details have yet to come out. The first two photos in this post show the bedroom and sitting area of the new cabins, and you can take a virtual tour here.

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'Airport-Esk' Security Checkpoints Now Being Trialed on Subways

Where: Beijing , China
May 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just as we were praising train travel for its ease of access and lack of frustrating security checkpoints, China has beefed up security to the point that it resembles a TSA checkpoint on its subway in Beijing.

Minor security measures date back to the 2008 Olympics, but things got serious at the beginning of 2014 when six checkpoints were opened across 200 stations that required passengers to show their personal belongings before entering the subway. Last weekend, three more were opened in response to the terror attacks in Xinjiang that killed 31 people. Now, instead of simply opening their bags, passengers must go through metal detectors and other heightened security measures, resulting in the massive queues you see in the photos of this post.

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11 Reasons to (Occasionally) Choose Trains Over Planes

May 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love our air travel, for sure, but every time we go to Europe, we are pleasantly reminded of how enjoyable and relaxing it is to travel by train. The vast distances to be crossed and the cost/time restrictions may prevent us from doing it as often here in the States, but that shouldn’t keep us from overlooking what a great mode of transportation the train industry still provides.

Here's a rundown of what we love most about train travel:

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Amtrak Finally Welcomes Furry Friends for a Fee

May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fido and Fluffy will no longer be sad back at home during your next trip, as Amtrak is now welcoming furry friends on certain trains and some routes. Just yesterday Amtrak started up this new program, so now you can plan your vacation itinerary with some tourist stops that your dog will enjoy as well—world’s largest fire hydrant?

The train transportation giant has a few special cars that will allow pets as part of a trial run that will do its thing for like six months or so. Amtrak's Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains that do their thing between spots in Illinois like Chicago and Quincy are part of the pilot, and if the animals behave things might just become available nationwide on more trains and more routes.

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Billions of Bucks Will Allow a Eurostar Expansion and Upgrade

April 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Zipping between countries over in Europe has never been easier, and thanks to planes, trains, and automobiles it’s also usually pretty darn affordable. Now the trip between France and the United Kingdom is getting even better, as those Eurostar trains that do their thing underneath the English Channel are getting a little bit of an upgrade and improvement.

It sounds like Eurostar is getting ready to throw down around $1.7 billion, as the train service begins to celebrate its second decade of doing its thing. New trains means more capacity for the first time in five years, and operators hope by that 2015 the whole fleet will have a new look and nice refresh.

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The Panama Canal's Newest Neighbor is a Modern Subway System

April 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Several spots in Central America have been on the "cool places to visit" list for a few years now, but Panama's popularity gains momentum with every headline event. Just this year, the country has had several new hotel openings (including an Ace!), it's the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal, and now Panama has debuted a brand new subway system.

It’s not every day you get to catch a ride aboard public transportation free from graffiti and litter, and of course on a train that still retains that new subway smell. Panama City debuted their new trains and tracks earlier this month, and they’re the first country in Central America to have such a system.

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The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Taking a Train Trip

March 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Taking a Train Trip

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