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Take a different route on the Trans-Siberian Railway—the 7,621-kilometer journey from Beijing to Moscow is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You also get to ride through eight time zones on the world’s longest railway for a week.

Taking this rail line resembles traveling once more into the past — you’re deprived of familiar luxuries with no WiFi and restricted showers ready. But the good news is that you’ll have a lot of time to talk to your fellow travelers and watch the animals grazing in the vast fields pass by.

My first solo trip to Norway’s Trolltunga did not result in any life-altering revelations or a “finding of oneself.” But I realized that not all trips actually make you “richer.”