Earlier this year TNT reader Nigel flew with mates into Zurich, then took the train to Milan. “It was the most spectacular journey, hugging the shore of the lakes, with a constantly changing backdrop of mountain scenery. The Man in Seat 61 calls it one of the most picturesque train journeys in Europe. Try it!”

Or go for an island getaway

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand visit Koh Chang Island, only 4-5 hours from Bangkok. Elin wrote to TNT via email saying: “You can book a bus/ferry ticket from Khao San Road for about 300 baht. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place where you can relax on the beach, dive at nearby Koh Rang or even go elephant trekking.”
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