In my opinion, there is no better way to travel than by train. And when countries that are normally difficult to traverse by other means suddenly open up a new rail route, it makes travel and exploration all that much easier.
This will be the case in 2009 when work is completed on a rail link that will connect the Turkish city of Kars to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and onwards to China. The $600 million project, which was approved early this year, sadly excludes Armenia–a political oversight blamed on continued bad relations between Armenia and Turkey.
Nonetheless, the rail project opens up a very exciting new route that is no longer dependent on local buses and decrepit ferries. Instead, adventurous travelers can now embark on a simple rail journey through some very difficult, yet extremely rewarding countries.