The Swedish buzzword in 2018 was hygge – a term that describes cosiness. In 2019, it was lagom, which stands for “sufficient, adequate, and just right”. What is the latest vernacular to twist over one’s tongue in 2020? It is flygskam (flight-shaming) and tagskryt (train-bragging) – two terms inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg’s eco-conscious way of travelling. While most of us might not have the tenacity or willpower to sail or ride across continents for a month, four short (but definitely picturesque) trips from coast to coast just might convince one to start.
THE FRANCE TO ITALY TRAIN RIDE – THE RIVIERA RAILWAY
Starting from the Riviera city in the southeast of France to the quaint, old-world Italian market town of Ventimiglia, the train ride will only take travellers 90 minutes. Hugging the curves of the Ligurian Sea, the train will see one passing through coastal cities like the sun-dappled Cagnes-sur-Mer (another French Riviera town), the palm tree paradise that is Juan-les-Pins (a town famed for its health resorts and spas), and Antibes (a Mediterranean town that blossoms with bougainvilleas and neon beach umbrellas).
The train ride has two stops in Nice and Monaco where the views encompass yachts bobbing in the bays, tourists and locals basking on the beach, and old-world sights like vintage cars roaring down its streets.
THE HIGHEST RAILWAY IN THE WORLD – THE QINGHAI TO TIBET RAILWAY
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