So my plan was of course to do the Rocky Mountaineer. That just looks amazing! Winding your way from sea level to the Canadian Alps looks to be one of the best, most scenic train journeys in the world. Unfortunately it’s also one of the more expensive.
The cheapest I could find was $1898.00 AUD for 2 days, 1 night and in addition to that I’m nervous that a single supplement would probably apply as I’m on my own.
It's two days on the train with overnight accommodation in Kamloops at “charming, moderate hotels”. So if I take off what $250 for accommodation, that’s still $1648 for 2 days on the train with 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. Not even in the realm of my budget.
What I am doing instead is spending 10 days in Whitehorse, learning to dog sled and heading out into the great wilds of the Yukon (driving my own dog sled), seeing the Aurora Borealis while I’m at it (and did I mention mushing my own dogs) and spending the last day or so at Whitehorse meeting the locals. That is still going to cost me $2000 which I did really torture myself over, but while my overall goal is to get around the globe on the cheapest budget I can, there is definitely going to be things that aren’t cheap and there is no way I’m missing out on stuff inherent to the region I’m in to claw back money.
So, while the Rocky Mountaineer looks crazy amazing, I will be seeing the mountains, experiencing the remote locations of the upper Canadian forests, and OMG – driving my own dog sled while I’m doing it. I figure I will see some amazing scenery and while it won’t be that west coast alps experience, I won’t need to do the train to see probably 90% of what the train passengers will.