Reasons to Take a Train Trip

Planning a vacation can be a hassle. Sometimes you spend so much time (and money) planning a vacation that you are let down during and after the vacation. One of the perks of taking a train vacation is that the trip is planned for you allowing you to kick back and relax! Here are 4 more reasons you should take a train trip for your next vacation.

1. Travel in Comfort

Planes drastically cut down travel time. Realistically they aren’t very comfortable though due to the lack of legroom. For a short trip, planes are doable, but anything over 2 hours can become very uncomfortable. A train, on the other hand, provides you with comfort. You can spread your legs out. You also have the freedom to get up and stretch your legs, without having to wait for the seat belt light to be turned off. I won’t even get into how much easier it is to sleep on a train than on a plane.

2. Packing Lightly Isn’t A Thing

How many times have you stepped on a scale with your bag before traveling by plane to make sure it doesn’t weigh too much? Different airlines have different rules so you likely have to look them up before flying anywhere too. Well, train travel makes packing extremely easy due to their baggage rules. Most allow for two bags on the train along with a personal item. Those two bags can weigh up to 50 pounds each. Need additional luggage, no problem, two stored bags are free and you can add a third and forth for a small fee. Packing can be one of the hardest parts of a trip, cut that headache by traveling by train.

3. Carbon Emissions

The environment is a constant point of concern for many. If you fall into this category, then you may want to consider taking a train for your next trip. While both planes and trains release carbon emissions into the atmosphere, planes are releasing theirs into the upper atmosphere. Additionally, trains can carry more people making the emissions per mile per person much less than a plane.

4. The Views

I’ve witnessed a lot of beautiful sunrises and sunsets on a plane. I’ve even snapped a few pictures of skylines as I land in bigger cities, but you miss everything in-between point A and point B on a plane. While you’re traveling at a decent speed on a train, you’re still going at a pace where you can really take in the views. What you see along the way is equally as fantastic as the destination you are traveling to.

About the Author

Jillian is a guest contributor from America by Rail. America by Rail offers luxury rail vacation packages throughout North America as well as train and cruise packages. 

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