Look, I know everyone is excited about traveling after two years of living through lockdowns and a bunch of uncertainty. But I am here to remind you of something; your kids have forgotten how to travel and maybe you’ve forgotten what traveling with kids is really like. Road trips where the car starts to smell worse and worse and you can’t hear the GPS over your kids fighting in the back seat. Long lines at the airport, flights where people glare at you if your kids make noise. Trains, however, are an underrated way to get where you’re going, especially with kids. And especially now when gas is ridiculously expensive, airports are horrible, but you still want to get out and travel with your kids. Need more convincing? Read.
#1. You can also enjoy the ride.
As the person footing the bill for your vacation, you’d better enjoy some of it yourself. Even the trip. And if you’re planning on traveling through Florida at all this year, there’s a new train connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach called the Brightline that will make you feel like you’re going to Europe without actually going to . Europe. I was recently invited to join Brightline on a tour and let me tell you, it was a vacation in itself. Sipping a mimosa, I snuggled into my oversized seat, not worrying about parking or checked bags. A dream.
You can board a wonderful and sleek modern train along with your kids and just look out the window. Comfortable and relaxed because there is WiFi on board to keep the kids occupied, and best of all, snacks. A premium ticket gets you free mimosas, free coffee, free snacks… you might just want to ride the rails all day. And so will your children.
#2. Moving around is much easier.
Anyone who has been on a plane with their kids knows how hard it can be to keep them strapped in and still while everyone around you scolds you for every sound they make. Another genius thing about traveling with Brightline? You sit across from each other in your small living room partition. Children can safely move around as they please.
#3. Flight is impossible now.
You’ve heard the airport horror stories happening now. Flight delays, cancellations, sitting on the plane on the runway waiting to land with angry, sweaty kids to entertain. Why put yourself through it?
#4. Two words: Children. Lounge.
There are kids’ lounges when you’re at Brightline stations so they can burn off some energy. Separate designated areas for kids who want to run around and be free during a rest stop. Conveniently close to a nice bar where you can maybe enjoy some refreshments. Get clean.
#5. Let’s talk about countries.
Airplane seats have become smaller and somewhat less comfortable in recent decades. Go ahead and try stretching your legs or doing some work on a laptop and see if you can manage it for a long time. The train seats are larger and on Brightline the space to stretch out and work, or in the case of a child, watch a show on your iPad, is significantly easier to handle. You have a tray and plenty of space to place luggage above your head instead of stuffing it under the seat in front of you.
#6. Have you seen the gas prices?
Gas prices are still higher than most families can afford, so train travel is also an economical choice. Kids 12 and under can ride Brightline for $5 with the purchase of an Adult Smartfare, which gets you free admission to a host of family-friendly activities in the area.
#7. You can create your own little all-inclusive getaway.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to literally walk on a cloud? Take your kids to the SuperBlue Museum for an interactive afternoon where they can actually walk through a cloud. Then take the train to Fort Lauderdale, where you can spend a sunny afternoon taking a family tour of the canals, or if it rains, you can check out the Museum of Discovery and Science and let the kids try out the flight simulators. interactive dinosaurs and plenty of other STEM-level fun to consume them. We all know it’s the sign of a good holiday with the kids. When you need a break, just hit the sand in West Palm Beach and wander downtown for a bite to eat and maybe even a cocktail for yourself.
This summer, Brightline is also offering a Trainee Passport for kids 12 and under riding the rails. They will receive an activity bag with their first Brightline Trainee Passport, where they have the opportunity to earn special prizes for collecting stickers as they travel to new destinations.
#8. Your kids will feel like they are in a movie.
You know why kids actually love traveling by train, right? Like us, they’ve seen it in the movies. Whether they are Harry Potter fans or love them Polar Express, trains are always presented as the coolest way to travel. In fact, for kids who love Christmas, Brightline offers one Polar Express-Themed train ride departing from Miami complete with Santa Claus himself, dancing waiters moving through the train cars just like in the movie, handing out hot chocolate and cookies, and a special treat for the kids. This special train journey takes place over the Christmas holidays, but tickets go on sale soon.
The last thing any parent needs this summer is a stressful family vacation. Why not ride the rails and make it easy for yourself?