Introducing the Amtrak Viewliner sleeper car train (video)

Looking to take a long-distance train on Amtrak?

If so, how about a splurge for their Viewliner sleeper car service?

Yes, we get our own private sleeping (and viewing) room.

It even includes our own shower and bathroom.

Those who try it seem to love it (even though it more than triples the cost of riding in coach).

Upgrading to this sleeping car service gives us free perks.

We get all-inclusive meals, access to private lounges at stations and early train boarding.

Check out this behind-the-scenes video:

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Trainshopping along the Maeklong railway market (video)

Every single day, the Maeklong Railway line passes through the Maeklong market.

Literally.

These trains slightly brush against bushels of produce 8 times a day, 7 days per week.

The closeness of the train tracks force vendors to pull back their awnings and wares as the train passes.

And no… this is not Photoshopped.

Check this out:

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Does “borrowing” shampoo from a hotel count as stealing?

We LOVE staying at Westin hotels.

Not because the bed is dreamily comfortable (which it is).

Not because the staff treats us like royalty (they almost always do)…

Nope. We love the Westin because of the sweet smell of their complimentary shampoo.

So how much shampoo can we “steal” from our hotel room?

According to Travel + Leisure, it is generally accepted (even expected) to take one set of toiletries a day.

15 new travel scams to watch for (and how to avoid them)

Every week, our family travels on a trip.

And over the years, I have read about (or personally witnessed) hundreds of ways on getting scammed.

Even worse, there are new scams emerging every year.

The worst part is these scammers are getting smarter and more clever.

Here are my top 15 ways we can protect ourselves against most travel scams:

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