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Did you know that you can travel for two weeks, visit eight different destinations all for less than the price of a round trip airline ticket?

Have you ever wanted to take an adventure unlike anything else you have ever done?

Do you want a quantity of quality time with your family or friends?

Did you know that a train adventure can provide the most incredible scenery, all while offering the epitome of relaxation?

Insider secrets, travel planning, sleeping on a train, what to bring, where to sit and so much more are all inside the pages of this book.

Over twenty destinations are featured in the “Day Trippers” section of the book including visits to national parks as well as major cities.

Get the ins an outs of train stations in the United States, no two are alike, find out what to do and where to stay once you arrive!

Want to learn more, listen to our interview!

Click below for a print copy!

About Us

Our Story

Our first train trip we fondly refer to as a “happy accident”. A frustrating and costly plan to fly from Boston to California in 2014 had us looking for a better option. Enter the USA Rail Pass and the first train trip EVER for our family of five. Our first trip to the west coast and back to Boston was 7,765 miles and we were hooked.

In the next two and half years we have traveled over 20,000 miles by train and visited or passed through more than thirty states. In the book we cover in detail over 20 different destinations you can reach with a USA Rail Pass. The “DayTrippers” section is dedicated to those unique and once in a lifetime opportunities that can be accomplished in a one (sometimes two-three) day visit.

Our book is part “how to manual” and part “journal” of the good, the bad, and the awesome of train travel.  All of the pictures in the book and video here on the website are taken by us, undoctored, scrapbook style pictures that you can recreate with your own trip.

Additionally we have “journal notes” throughout the book so you can hear first hand about our “togetherness”, the worst train station ever, and the best seats on the train. We have pictures of the bathrooms, the seats, luggage storage and roomettes, so there should be no surprises on your adventure.

We hope our adventures help you to plan yours!

 

Workshops and Signings

Beyond the Rails Book Signings

Would you like to schedule a book signing or workshop for your group? While I wish this book was available when I was planning my first trip, I have to say four cross-country trips later, I believe this book has everything you need.

I love talking about our adventures with anyone willing to listen, so contact me for a workshop or a Q&A for your adventure seeking audience.

Whenever I mention that I have written a book about cross-country train travel, the response is always the same, “I have always wanted to do that!”

New Workshops!

Beyond the Rails, USA Cross Country Train Travel

Alternate title:  “Train Travel, Who Knew?”

This workshop serves to introduce audiences to a trip of a lifetime. A train trip that every American should definitely take. Over the course of three years, my family and I have covered over 20,000 miles by train. An accidental adventure with unprecedented, life changing, outcomes. The people, the places, and more importantly our perspectives have changed our lives forever.  Hear firsthand the ins and outs of train travel, what to expect, where to go, who should go, and how to plan your own excursion.

All Aboard, where would you like to go?

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Go Away!

With the right attitude, anywhere, anytime is an adventure! Discover the power of adventure and the benefits for you and your family. The single most important gift you will ever give anyone is your time. If your gift of time includes a new experience, a shared discovery, a moment of genuine understanding, then your gift is unforgettable.

Twenty first century children and families have the world at their fingertips, yet perhaps not in their souls. Discover the educational, social, and relational benefits travel and adventure can have on you and your family. Go away, “Beyond the Rails”, literally and figuratively, with your next adventure.

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I am especially excited to introduce my new cross-over workshop! This is the workshop that perfectly melds my passion for all things organizational and efficient with my living better lifestyle and yes, the two go hand in hand! LB Living Better ~my day job that supports the travel job!

TIME OUT!

Could your employees use a corporate reset? Is vacation time accruing at alarming rates? Constant connectivity is wreaking havoc on worker’s personal and professional aspirations. This workshop is research based, however, it is presented with humorous, real life, relevance. Invite Lisa’s two plus decades of organizational expertise, coupled with her passion for travel and adventure to inspire your group, your staff, your colleagues to be living better… the only mistake is not to begin!

 

To learn more about Lisa, her speaking experience and other topics you may wish to consider, visit her “professionally speaking” page.

 

Contact Me!

Workshops can be catered to your audience in many ways. An interactive question and answer, an organizational “how to” plan a cross-country adventure.  Or choose a more inspirational or educational look at travel and adventure with all of its benefits.

Looking for a unique fundraiser? We can work together to inspire your audience and have proceeds come back to your school or organization.

Please contact me with your request for a presentation and we can discuss what will work for you and your audience.

 

 

Where to Buy

Available on Amazon in both print (makes a great gift) or a digital version is also available.

For my hometown friends you will be also be able to purchase the book local bookstores, like Titcombs in East Sandwich, MA .  Please join me for a book signing on May 26th!

We are already planning for volumes two and three so if we have not hit your favorite destination just yet, stay tuned!

Contact Us

Whether it’s a question about planning a trip or a request for a book signing or workshop, we look forward to hearing from you!

 

EMAIL Address:  LisaBates@LBLivingBetter.com