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When I was a little kid, we traveled by train one time to visit my grandparents in California. It took days to get there, and I remember being so tired of our coach seats that I crawled into the overhead luggage rack and slept there.  After that first experience, my time spent traveling by train has been limited to just a few short trips here and there. However, we’ve recently started incorporating this method of transportation into our travels and, although it is not our primary way of travel, I feel it is my preferred method.

First off, let me start by saying the two things I do not like about train travel:

1. It is a bit slower, so not always the best choice if you’re in a hurry. However, point #1 mentioned below negates some of this.
2. Routes aren’t always available where you’re going.  We actually have zero passenger rail service in our state.

 

Having said that, here are 10 reasons why I prefer to travel by train!

1. Unlike airline travel, there is no need to arrive at the station 2-3 hours early. 30 minutes is really all you need.
2. There aren’t nearly as many pesky restrictions on luggage. You can actually pack what you need without having to pay a fortune to do so.  And, luggage is easily accessible during your journey.
3. Boarding is a breeze and so is getting settled in your seat.
4. Speaking of seats, trains have bigger, comfier seats with more leg room. And, it’s easier to get in and out of them as needed.
5. As passengers are free to get up and move around as needed, and there’s more space for walking. Not only does it make this a better option to stretch your legs, but you don’t have to worry about bumping into people as you make your way down the aisle. Passengers are not packed into trains like a bunch of sardines. This, plus all the items mentioned above help reduce the risk of things like blood clots and DVT.
6. The price of tickets, especially in the coach class, is very affordable.
7. The dining car gives you more options at better prices, plus you can sit at a real table to eat your meal.
8. Traveling by train allows you to see the countryside while alleviating the stress caused by driving.
9. This method of travel has a lower carbon footprint than flying or driving.
10. There is just something romantic about traveling by train.

Mostly recently, we took two different trains throughout New England. After spending substantial time in rental cars, this was a very welcomed change. Being able to sit back and relax while someone else does the navigating and driving was a great change of pace. By the time we got to our final destination on our second train, we had the entire thing to ourselves! What a treat compared to airplanes!

Booking online also makes everything very easy and saves time at the station. I can easily see us trying to incorporate more transportation using trains into our future travels. We’ve had great experiences in both Italy and the United States, and are looking forward to more of the same. In fact, perhaps we may be planning a little something…

Considering taking a train in Italy?  CLICK HERE to read about our first experience on an Italian train!

What is your preferred method of travel? Share in the comments below!

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  1. I’m a fan of train travel in Europe, too! I love seeing the country from a train window. The ride from Zurich to Innsbruck along the base of the Austrian Alps was especially breathtaking. Also, plane travel so often comes with delays. I agree with you — it’s much more likely a train will run on time. Great post! #FollowMeFriday

  2. I do enjoy train travel for all of the same reasons, especially the fact that you can practically show up, hop on and go. However, since we bought our car two years ago, we never take the train anymore. I do miss it a bit, but after getting stranded coming home from Oktoberfest in the pouring rain, it’s left me hesitant to start again. #FeetDoTravel

  3. I love travelling by train because I am still kinda uncomfortable about flying despite all my trips. Train travel would always be the default for me . Slow travel is also fun and you can see so much around you and I love stopping off and exploring new places on long distance journeys. Thanks for sharing

  4. I’m with you Jenn, love me some train travel. It’s so much more relaxing than flying or going by bus. Surprised that there’s no passenger trains in your state though. Being from Melbourne and having spent so much time in Europe, I’m just used to train travel. Great post!

  5. I love train travel if not pressed for time. I recently took a train from Norfolk to New York. It was fascinating and easy to do. What is really cool when one takes adventure trains through mountains and return. My preferred method from traveling to the different cities in Italy is definitely by train. Great article. #feetdotravel

  6. I am definitely not adverse to a bit if train travel you know! We took the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang and it would have been perfect if it wasn’t so cold (theyove to ramp up the Aircon in SE Asia!). But you are right, it’s a great way to see the countryside and there is more freedom to stetch your legs.ive jumped on board your Pin it train 😀 #feetdotravel

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