20 Reasons to Travel by Train (by Kim Mance).
Kim provides 20 good reasons to travel by train instead of by air in this post on Gadling. Here are just five compelling reasons:
Downtown to Downtown – Saving on cab fare, rental cars or time spent commuting from airports on the outskirts of a city is a definite train travel perk.
- Leg Room – Tall people sometimes have to pay extra to bring their legs along while traveling. In contrast, regular economy class on a train comes with space for my legs to happily accompany me at no extra cost.
- Unrestricted Tech and Comfort – Smart phones, iPods, laptops, DVD players and other electronic devices are unrestricted from the time you step foot on a train until you get off.
- Private Cabins – On a long train it’s splendid to curl up in bed and sleep like you mean it… Plus, it’s fun for a little hanky panky …and much easier to deal with than the logistics of joining the Mile High Club.
- More Luggage, Less Fees – You’d have to bring a startling amount of luggage to be charged extra for it on a train, while fees for evenone checked bag has become the norm for most airlines.
I recently wrote a piece called Listen To Your Inner Adventurer which makes the point for breaking out of your comfort zone while travelling.
Daniel Zoll and Audrey Scott have also written on the same topic and I like their particular take so much that I am happy to include their suggestions for making your travels more memorable here. Their tips:
Strike out on your own
Ask questions like a kid
Walk, even if it involves long distances
Stay open to getting lost
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Be courageous in foreign language environments
Visit the fresh market.