Forget the notebooks and anoraks – trainspotters are officially cool!

Well, perhaps that might be going a bit far, but there’s no doubting the growing popularity of rail travel – not just as a way to get around, but also as a key selling point for a holiday.

Whether it’s a steam locomotive through the Yorkshire Dales or a cross-continental sleeper train Down Under, rail journeys are as varied as the destinations they are in, and can appeal to as many different ages and audiences.

If you’re still in need of a bit of inspiration, check out our guide to how to sell rail holidays, with reviews of some of the world’s most iconic train journeys, and tips on which destinations are selling well with rail buffs.

Of course, a train isn’t the only way to get to your destination – some tour operators send a chauffeur-driven car to pick clients up at their own front door. We study the small print to find out which companies offer this service and exactly what it entails, so you can make the most of it when closing a sale.

We’ll also get the latest news from the adventure sector, an agent’s take on a Sri Lanka trip, and a guide to selling the Deep South – get those toes tapping.

Katie McGonagle, editor, Touring & Adventure