Flight of Fancy podcast: Travelling on the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railways

I haven't done every great train trip in the world. There are plenty that elude me. But still, I'm going to say that the Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian are the best. No other journey goes as far on a single train. Six days, seven days, with barely a break to stretch your legs on the platform. Just incredible.

These journeys hold such mystique as well, such romance. Russia is an amazing country, vast and unknowable and sometimes scary, and yet at the same time highly cultured and richly rewarding. And then you have Mongolia, wild and untamed, and China, yet another baffling but brilliant superpower. This journey is a throwback, an indulgence in some ways. It's slow travel at its finest, with so much time to just sit back and watch as time slips by, as people come and go, as you rattle and rumble across vast tracts of the world.

On this episode of Flight of Fancy we're taking a deep-dive into one of the world's truly great travel experiences. This is all about escapism. It's about dreaming, about future planning. We're taking you onboard the Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian, rail journeys that should be on absolutely ever traveller's bucket list. We're going to tell you why, for starters. And then we'll tell you what to expect, what to see, what to eat, who to talk to, where to stop, and how to make this whole thing happen.

This Flight of Fancy episode is hosted and produced by Ben Groundwater and mixed by Tim Mummery.

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