However, this is not the time to get lyrical about the pleasures of long-distance train travel.
Every year, it becomes harder to keep my promise, and the advance of the high speed train is to blame.
According to the International Union of Railways, the high speed train "plays a key role in a stage of sustainable development and combating climate change".
A new spot for Renault's Clio RS takes speed dating literally.
In the ad, men and women sit down at speed dating tables and introduce themselves. Instead, he is ushered to the back of the building, where there happens to be a race track and an attractive woman offering a ride in a bright yellow Clio.
As more and more reliable train routes are shut down in favour of high speed lines, international train travel becomes prohibitively expensive.
Strangely enough, many of these abolished routes are almost as fast, and sometimes even faster, than the new, expensive high speed connections.