Make tracks for Europe: eco-friendly ‘traincations’

Boutique hotels in Paris by EurostarSo we’ve had vacations, staycations, bleisure trips and, now, there’s the ‘traincation’ – thanks to the growing trend for budget boutique breaks and eco-luxe getaways, rail travel is experiencing a renewed surge in popularity. Of course, new high-speed rail links into Spain and Italy (not to mention trusty Eurostar destinations) help a fair bit. If train travel makes you think of soggy sandwiches and grubby seats (or, if you’re a parent, Thomas the Tank Engine), think again: these days, it’s all sleek check-in desks, designer laptop docks and three-course meals. Not to mention never having to remove your shoes, no stomach-churning turbulence and tree-studded views from your seat.

Traincations – Global Cool's eco-friendly travel tipsIn an effort to encourage all you jetsetters to trade airport hell for train-travel heaven (and do your bit for planetary wellbeing at the same time), climate-change awareness group Global Cool has launched a ‘Join the 100mph club’ campaign, with a series of video diaries that follow celebrity holidaymakers on jaunts to Europe by rail. Check out the latest Traincation video diary, of Rick Edwards’ and George Lamb’s trip to Barcelona – featuring one of Mr & Mrs Smith’s favourite stylish Spanish stays, Grand Hotel Central (pictured below).

Central Hotel Barcelona – luxury boutique hotels in SpainFor traincation inspiration, check out the Mr & Mrs Smith Eurostar hotel collection, our round-up of the best boutique hotels in Europe you can reach by rail – including Le Placide and Hotel Particulier Montmartre in Paris; Clos du Léthé and Jardins Secrets in Languedoc-Roussillon; and Hotel Julien in Antwerp. GoldSmith members can get exclusive Leisure Select fares, too…

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

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  1. Lucy Author at 6:18 pm

    Also check out Guardian travel writer Benji Lanyado’s traincation video diary – he visited Mr & Mrs Smith hotel Château de Saint Paterne in Normandy (as well as making butter, riding horses and chatting to dogs):

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