The next round of My Amazing Adventures begins again with Back to Europe 2011. Last year, sixty-eight days were spent in transit, reaching two continents, cruising three European rivers and riding eleven trains . Of those sixty-eight days, only seven were on land. This year, my trip will only be fifty-one days and of that, only five will be on land. Hopefully, there will be less time traversing on, to and from trains.
That’s where the “spinner” comes in. I am so spoiled by Amtrak and the Red Caps that are there to assist in luggage hoisting and maneuvering. In Europe, you don’t dare step onto the train one suitcase at a time; the train will leave with either you or your suitcases waving good-bye to each other. If you’re lucky enought to make it onboard with all of your luggage, you’ll soon realize that the aisles in the cars are not nearly as wide as on Amtrak, either. Meaning that unless you can drag your suitcases sideways to your compartment or seat, you are in for a very frustrating few minutes. However…with the new spinner-style four-wheeled suitcase, case closed-problem solved. Now the only challenge is to find one that weighs less than a small boulder.
I’m the editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com, a solo traveler cruising the USA and Europe on land and sea. Always looking for new vistas, local food and wine. I hope my articles and photos entertain, advise and inspire you to savor and travel the world without flying.