What’s the best way to see the world? Up in the sky, looking down as you fly to your destination? Or maybe you like to be in your own car, travelling at your own speed? Or is it by the oldest one of all, the train?
Train travel lost its glamour in the mid-20th century, but what was once passé is once again looking like the best way to travel around the country – and the globe. Train travel trumps any other kind in comfort, ease and luxury.
As the most energy-efficient way to travel, it’s also the smartest option as well. Let’s consider the benefits, and establish exactly why travelling by rail is the only way to do it.
Spacious And Comfortable
If the modern idea of travel instantly conjures up memories of an achy back, limited leg room and the distinct feeling of being a sardine, then travelling by rail is the way to go. Great Rail Journeys provide large, comfortable berths with your own bed.
And with a large picture window to watch the scenery roll by, there’ll be no neck craning or feeling of being hemmed in. You’ll have plenty of space on board and stretching your legs when on a long journey is always a pleasure.
In a day and age where we are increasingly aware of the effects our lifestyle can have on the planet, we have to understand the true cost of travel. The fact is, CO2 emissions caused by air travel just simply don’t add up to the idea of being a conscientious citizen of the world.
No matter how many trees you plant to ‘offset’ your hauls, travelling by rail ensures that the beautiful places you visit stay that way, meaning your travelling can be undertaken without a guilty conscience.
Rail travel is a marathon, not a sprint, but that may be its virtue. Slowing down the pace a little allows you to explore the regions you visit, really getting to know where you are.
Many trains have dining cars and bars, so if you want to get to know your neighbours, you can pop out and mingle with your travel companions, truly embracing the adventure.
Avoid Airport Stress
This is an important one that many travelers consider a huge deal breaker. These days, there’s no getting around the tight security checks and the ensuing queues when boarding a plane.
On the other hand, trans-continental rail travel, departing from St. Pancras international, is entirely devoid of the stress and headaches caused by overzealous security.
See The Sights
Perhaps the greatest thing about travelling by rail is being able to see where you’re going. You can sit back and relax, watching the scenery change until you reach your destination.
Look out for travel tours as well, where tour managers are able to take you on guided tours of the stops along the way and provide you with the information and insight that will take your visit to a new level.
What is your preferred way of traveling?
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