Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Brownell Travel

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


The journey is part of every adventure. Whether it’s hours in the car or an overnight international flight, getting to the destination can be quite the experience (especially with some of the horrific travelers these days). So why not make getting there as enjoyable as the destination itself? We share 10 trips on planes, trains, and automobiles (and boats!) below.

1. Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Cunard makes traveling across the Atlantic so much more than 8+ hours packed into a crowded plane. Living up to their tagline “Luxury on a Grand Scale”, their ships echo the “old world” glamour travel of days past. On board, guests can enjoy afternoon tea with silver service, ballroom dance classes, and world-class entertainment and enrichment (think: James Taylor or Crosby, Still, & Nash). Even better, you can bring your dog! On board their ships there are kennels, so your furry friend can get a vacation, too!  

2. Barge in France

Rather than drive through the French countryside, explore it by barge. Belmond has 5 small barges in Burgundy, Provence, and Midi that hold 4-12 passengers. These vessels cruise slowly through the rivers, allowing you to take in the beautiful setting or even ride bikes along the river bank.  

3. Safari Jeep

So you don’t exactly spend all your time in the car, but we needed to get an automobile in here somewhere! Get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the world’s most revered wildlife from safari jeeps. Many are open aired so you are mere feet away from the animals. 

*FAQ: Why don’t the animals jump in the vehicle? They see the jeep and all the passengers as one giant being (much bigger than themselves). That’s why it is of paramount importance that no one suddenly moves or sticks a limb out of the vehicle. It is also important to never throw any food out of safari vehicles. Because these jeeps and trucks have historically never been a food source for animals, the wildlife do not view them as a threat…merely a neutral object part of the landscape.

4. Galapagos Adventure

See the magic and mystery of the Galapagos Islands on Lindblad’s expedition ships. Pop from island to island and see the incredible wildlife that captivated Darwin decades ago. From the giant turtles to the curious seals to the beautiful birds, there is so much to see in the Galapagos!  

5. Around the World by Private Jet

Private jet travel is one of the hottest trends right now. A&K, Four Seasons, and Lakani are just a few of the companies offering exclusive journeys on a private jet to some of the world’s most hard-to-reach destinations. There’s no need to worry about long security customs lines — these journeys allow you to expedite the process so you can explore the world comfortably and easily. 

6. Inside Canada

While seeing Canada’s coastline from the sea is an incredible experience, Rocky Mountaineer takes you through inland Canada on board luxury trains. The average speed is around 30 MPH, giving you time to take in the scenery and even spot wildlife. As you get on and off the train exploring and overnighting in charming towns, you never have to worry about luggage — the Rocky Mountaineer staff take care of it every step of the journey. 

7. Zambezi Queen

During a trip to Africa, travelers see most of the continent from land. The 28- guest Zambezi Queen gives you a new perspective: the Chobe River. The vessel was specifically designed for safari river cruising to maximize wildlife sightings. You can spot animals from your air-conditioned stateroom, the top deck pool, or any of the other public spaces

8. Island Hopping 

If you can’t decide which island in the Caribbean to visit, why not charter a catamaran and island hop. Sail through the Virgin Islands or the French West Indies, exploring the islands by day and relaxing on the sailboat by night. And with a captain and chef, you don’t have to worry about a thing. 

9. Mega-Yacht

Crystal Cruises has introduced a new megayacht: the Crystal Esprit. This 62-passenger vessel is the smallest yacht product in the market and takes travelers into exotic ports that big ships just can’t reach. Adventurers will love the marina on the back with watersports and even a submersible! 

10. Myanmar

Myanmar has been all the buzz as the hot new bucket list stop in Asia. Cruise the Ayeyarwady River on Belmond’s Road to Mandalay. As you see monks going through their daily rituals and small rural villages, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. And no trip to Myanmar is complete without visiting the ancient temples in Bagan.

If you want to go on one (or all!) of these journeys, contact a Brownell Advisor to start planning!