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s the COVID-19 pandemic was raging on, our Editor-at-Large recently made a several days-long trip by car from one coast of America to the other. Before she embarked on the journey she surveyed her Twitter followers: what would they do if they had to travel? A car or train ride meant multiple stops and multiple opportunities for exposure. A plane ride meant a shorter trip but closed quarters and less ability to control the environment. There was no right answer.

This is a dilemma that many people—whether traveling for work, leisure, or to visit family members—find themselves in. Even though some restrictions are being lifted, travel continues to be ever more stressful, more limited than ever, and even dangerous.

COVID-19 has changed travel as we know it—maybe forever.

But our sense of wonder, our desire to explore and learn has not ceased. Diplomatic Courier's team of editors and writers is stationed all around the world. What unites us is our love for travel. On the last day of December, we wrapped a prolific year of travel, posting on our Instagram page a sampling of our top destinations of 2019. Some of our team members were on the road every single month last year, covering or speaking at conferences or doing investigative work in remote areas of the world. The lockdown has been difficult for this crew—we are not used to being homebound at all—let alone this long.

But we know it is difficult for our audience too. We imagine the tsunami of often-negative news we have to process daily has been taxing. This new editorial channel is our opportunity to escape and to learn. Selfishly, it is a gift to my elementary school children, who have been traveling since they were babies and always make friends with everyone they encounter when we are on the road. My 10-year-old has been enjoying helping with the photo selections and I’ve been counting that as part of my teaching-at-home duties. And for our team of contributors, memories of happier travels past, and a hope that we might all be able to hit the road again soon.

We start our journey Around the World with train travel.

Trains at their high point were luxurious and often compared to five-star hotels. Royalty, government officials, and celebrities boarded them for their allure and lavishness. And wherever you are in the world you are bound to encounter at least one train line that is rich in history, breathtaking landscapes, and even diplomatic intrigue.

Watch this channel every weekend for special profiles of some of the most famous—and infamous—train lines in the world. Learn about their history and enjoy world-class photography. And if you’ve ever been so lucky to travel in one of them, we would love to hear from you and feature your words and photos on our Instagram. Contact our editors’ inbox.

We wish you a journey of wonder!

About
Ana C. Rold
:
Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier. Rold teaches political science courses at Northeastern University and is the Host of The World in 2050–A Forum About Our Future. To engage with her on this article follow her on Twitter @ACRold.
The views presented in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of any other organization.

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New Channel Launch: Around the World

July 10, 2020

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s the COVID-19 pandemic was raging on, our Editor-at-Large recently made a several days-long trip by car from one coast of America to the other. Before she embarked on the journey she surveyed her Twitter followers: what would they do if they had to travel? A car or train ride meant multiple stops and multiple opportunities for exposure. A plane ride meant a shorter trip but closed quarters and less ability to control the environment. There was no right answer.

This is a dilemma that many people—whether traveling for work, leisure, or to visit family members—find themselves in. Even though some restrictions are being lifted, travel continues to be ever more stressful, more limited than ever, and even dangerous.

COVID-19 has changed travel as we know it—maybe forever.

But our sense of wonder, our desire to explore and learn has not ceased. Diplomatic Courier's team of editors and writers is stationed all around the world. What unites us is our love for travel. On the last day of December, we wrapped a prolific year of travel, posting on our Instagram page a sampling of our top destinations of 2019. Some of our team members were on the road every single month last year, covering or speaking at conferences or doing investigative work in remote areas of the world. The lockdown has been difficult for this crew—we are not used to being homebound at all—let alone this long.

But we know it is difficult for our audience too. We imagine the tsunami of often-negative news we have to process daily has been taxing. This new editorial channel is our opportunity to escape and to learn. Selfishly, it is a gift to my elementary school children, who have been traveling since they were babies and always make friends with everyone they encounter when we are on the road. My 10-year-old has been enjoying helping with the photo selections and I’ve been counting that as part of my teaching-at-home duties. And for our team of contributors, memories of happier travels past, and a hope that we might all be able to hit the road again soon.

We start our journey Around the World with train travel.

Trains at their high point were luxurious and often compared to five-star hotels. Royalty, government officials, and celebrities boarded them for their allure and lavishness. And wherever you are in the world you are bound to encounter at least one train line that is rich in history, breathtaking landscapes, and even diplomatic intrigue.

Watch this channel every weekend for special profiles of some of the most famous—and infamous—train lines in the world. Learn about their history and enjoy world-class photography. And if you’ve ever been so lucky to travel in one of them, we would love to hear from you and feature your words and photos on our Instagram. Contact our editors’ inbox.

We wish you a journey of wonder!

About
Ana C. Rold
:
Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier. Rold teaches political science courses at Northeastern University and is the Host of The World in 2050–A Forum About Our Future. To engage with her on this article follow her on Twitter @ACRold.
The views presented in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of any other organization.