Enjoy the spirit of a road trip without the hassles. Train travel offers a richer travel experience, and provides surprisingly practical advantages too.
Have you ever wanted to experience the world as travelers once did during the golden age of rail? Train travel is easily the most underrated form of long-distance travel out there. Travel to amazing cities, scenic landscapes and spectacular national parks.
There’s something so nostalgic about train travel, between the conductors, the view of the countryside as you pass by, and the food car, it’s charm and relaxed atmosphere is alluring.
There are many appealing freedoms to train travel that you won’t find on airplanes. Unlike airlines, there is no reason to arrive 2-hours pre-takeoff for travel in the US, and 3 hours for international travel. There are no long lines to go through security. No dealing with takeoffs, no seatbelt signs, you’re not stuck in your seat for endless amounts of time. You’re able to move about the train as often as you wish, you’re able to eat, drink, snooze and stretch your legs as often as you please. You won’t have to listen to the safety talk at the beginning of your trip, or turn off your electronics.
Train travel is a smooth, turbulent-free ride. The seats are roomy, certainly roomier than an economy-class seat on an airplane. You have the pleasure of chatting with fellow travelers from all walks of life and from all over the world.
Train luggage rules are more relaxed than airline rules. Amtrak, for instance, allows 4 checked bags (2 free and 2 bags at $20 per bag),and 2 personal and 2 carry-on items. There are weight and size restrictions. In Europe, there are no strict luggage limits on trains, but passengers are required to carry their own bags and board the train without assistance. Bags are stored in luggage racks at the end of each carriage or in the overhead compartments.
Trains offer city-to-city service, without the hassle of overbooked flights, taxi/Uber rides, or downtown parking prices. Trains deliver you right into the heart of the city, a convenience well worth a train trip.
You can stay connected during your trip. No flight-mode, reliable mobile phone coverage and almost all modern trains have plug-sockets at your seat. Many trains also now have Wi-Fi coverage so it’s easy to work, stay updated on social media and post live train selfies of your journey. There’s something refreshingly traditional about taking a train, particularly if you’re traveling over a long, multi-night route. The days of silverware and fine china in coach class may be long gone in the airline industry, but on overnight trains you’ll still find dining cars with full-service meals and uniformed wait staff. During the day, many train travelers choose to read books, play cards or simply enjoy the scenery rushing by.
Unlike airplanes, which whisk you from point A to point B with barely a glimpse of what’s in between, a train ride can be a destination in and of itself.
The journey is just as important, reminding us to slow down, enjoy the view and connect with others.
Train journeys are truly one of a kind. The train journey offers uniqueness like no other journey. Most noteworthy, the charm of such a journey is unmatchable. The train journey certainly offers an unforgettable rich experience.